The History of Obstacle Courses for Military Fitness, Sport, and All-Around Toughness | The Art of Manliness

The rise of set, intentionally-constructed obstacle courses would largely have to wait until the 19th century. In Europe, this period saw a significant upswing of interest in physical fitness, which rose in tandem with feelings of nationalism that were surging in the continent’s respective countries. Frequent wars had shown nations like France, Britain, and Germany the necessity of keeping their […]

Finance Goals For Your 20s | The Art of Manliness

You’ll sometimes hear these days that 30 is the new 20, and the importance of moving towards career, relationship, and finance goals in your twenties gets overlooked. When it comes to the latter category, it may seem like getting your financial house in order is something you can work on once you settle down and […]

De-Quasimodo Yourself: 6 Exercises to Counteract Slouching | The Art of Manliness

But slouching has other pernicious effects besides slowing your squat gains. According to Dr. Jason Quieros, a chiropractor at Stamford Sports and Spine in Connecticut, “every inch you hold your head forward [while slouching] you add 10 pounds of pressure on your spine.” If you’re like most chronic desk slouchers, you’re likely leaning your head […]

Wants Vs. Likes | The Art of Manliness

Have you ever wanted something really, really bad, but when you finally got it, you were left feeling kind of disappointed? Maybe you thought changing jobs would make you happy, but it didn’t. Or you thought you’d like living in another state, but ended up regretting the move. Perhaps you sunk a bunch of money […]

On the Importance of Keeping in Touch With Old Friends | The Art of Manliness

As I wrote this piece, I kept stopping to contemplate, “what makes for a long term, long distance friendship between men?” Well, for starters, there are quite a few similarities to what makes for any strong relationship, romantic or platonic: common interests and values, mutual respect, consideration, and an appreciation for the other person, differences […]

The Surprising Benefits of Giving Money Away | The Art of Manliness

Did you ever read that classic book when you were a kid — Paddle-to-the-Sea? A young boy carves a wooden canoe and tosses it into a stream. The big question is where will it go? What will it do? Giving away money is like that. No matter how old we are, there’s something cool about […]

The Art of Small Talk: 5 Questions Never to Ask | The Art of Manliness

“When are you guys going to have kids?” This seems like a common, fairly innocuous question. Except when the couple you level your query at has been trying to have kids without success. Then your friendly question just becomes another shake of salt on the wound. And there’s no good response for the couple to […]