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Four Tips for Staying on Track

Stop Letting Excuses Ruin Your Workouts

At Fitbit, tracking steps, calories, weight loss and sleep efficiency is just the start. The mission isn't to push you to perpetually break a step record -- it’s to find habits that put you on the path to becoming healthier, happier and revitalized.

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Prepare to space out

Kit: Tools for Clutter-Free Lifestyle

Winter is always a season for reflection, particularly when it comes to your personal space. An influx of family, gifts and food leave most wondering where it all went. Take advantage of the extended time indoors by reorganizing your living situation with these clutter killing solutions and remind yourself about just how good home can be.

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You've waited long enough

Gift Guide: You’ve Earned It

You've spent the last 11 months making all the right choices. You've put the needs of others before your own. You've considered your future ahead of the baser instincts of the now. It's an impressive level of personal discipline few can match and we're here to remind you to stop and smell the roses. Afterall, you've earned it.

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Vitals Around the Clock

Stay Healthy Through Winter with the Power of Metrics

Part of staying active (and in turn, healthy) is understanding what your body is doing each day. Fitbit's focus on data has led to a suite of tools that make it easy to visualize a day, month, or even year’s worth of activity. It’s tough to understand where you need to go if you can’t understand where you’ve been; that’s why Fitbit tracks your most important vitals around the clock.

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Frosty Adventures Away from the Ski Resort

America’s Overlooked Winter Adventure Destinations

After years mastering groomed trails, lift lines and overpriced hot chocolates, some people just need a change of pace when it comes to winter adventures. Whether it's snowshoeing in Maine, scaling manmade Colorado glaciers or camping in a Californian desert -- these destinations should be on every winter sportsman's radar.

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Stirring Hearts and Glasses Alike

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Mixologist

A drink at their place rivals any experience you’ve had at a bar. Their reach for the top shelf is as quick as Mr. Eastwood's draw, at least when you’re around. Seize the rare opportunity to settle your tab this gifting season by arming the mixologist with more tools of the trade. And be sure your generous side prevails -- because in this case, re-gifting is always welcome.

Bon Appetit

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Chef

Every year, more and more gadgets and gizmos -- you know, gear -- come out for the kitchen. And every year, there are plenty of food fans that have distinct opinions on all of it. So regardless of if you’re buying for your favorite foodie, friend, or yourself, we’ve curated some of the best, most unique gastronomic options to ensure your present makes the cut.

Judgment-Free Gifts

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Designer

For aesthetically minded design buffs, here's a list of things that will last for decades -- because, unlike the pile of reindeer socks and plastic tchotchkes littering your closets from holidays past, they're meant to.

Gifts Meant to be Scratched, Smashed and Destroyed

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Outdoorsman

Everyone knows a man who doesn't mind a little dirt under his nails. He knows how to tie more knots than you have paisley ties; he casts for fresh fish, you Seamless for sushi. We all know him, and he probably destroyed something or another on his last adventure and is looking for it under the tree. So use this guide to give him something for his next outdoor excursion, and maybe he'll let you tag along this time.

Sensory Overload

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Mediaphile

There’s a word for someone who appreciates the finer details in digital entertainment. (There’s also another word for someone who takes appreciation to a level of obsession, but we’ll focus on the positive one -- it's the holiday season.) After all, anyone worth buying for probably deserves a bit of downtime, and there’s nothing like a splash of A/V newness to stimulate the senses. It’s true that a screen is a screen and a speaker is a speaker, but buy with that mentality and all you'll get is the "I love the knit sweater!" forced smile. Nobody wants that. So start here, with our recommendations to suit the media fanatic in your life.

The Well Curated Life

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Dapper Man

The Dapper Man's the type of guy who takes his time on things and still comes out ahead. He’s an example of a well curated life and considers all the details. These gifts are sure way to show your secret hero you’re on his level, and you got “it” too.

Twelve Gifts For The Handiest of Men

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Do-It-Yourselfer

Today’s handyman is far more than a mere fixer of household problems. Armed with knowledge and the right tools, no task is too complex for their capable hands, from fine carpentry and engine work to maintaining wi-fi-based home ecosystems. They deserve celebration and appreciation -- and yet, as you’ve undoubtedly noticed, they are an incredibly humble breed, their most cherished rewards being the result of a hard day’s work. We’ve put together a dozen gift ideas guaranteed to boost enthusiasm, bolster abilities and foster talents for the do-it-yourselfer in your life.

Ready for Takeoff

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Globetrotter

Whether it’s a comfortable pair of slacks or the ultimate travel bag, making him feel like travel royalty is only a good buy away. This is the best globetrotting gear of 2014 -- gifts so good he'll feel right at home, even when he's getting familiar with a TSA agent.

Gifts for the Spartan Renaissance Man

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Athlete

Today’s athlete is a spartan renaissance man, a conglomeration of multi-faceted fitness that culminates in one fine-tuned machine ready for whatever the world will bring. And the modern fitness man requires diversity in gear -- something to guide him in excellence in all of his athletic follies. This gear will aid him in crossing the finish first, whatever that finish line may be.

Because There's Always More to Explore

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Adventurer

Whether you're a thrill seeker shopping for yourself, a worried parent trying to protect your baby, a best friend looking to help a buddy shred it up, or a tagalong seeking some extra comfort, the best thing about the gift of outdoor gear is that it serves all those purposes simultaneously. These are the best adventuring gifts money can buy.

Stay Ahead of Planned Obsolescence

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

In a world cluttered with uncertainties, you can be assured of this: you’ll never be stumped for something to buy if there’s a techie in your life. As the pace of innovation hastens each year, the technology fanatics among us can’t ever seem to find contentedness. That’s bad news for one's wallet, but it’s great for those hoping to send the perfect message this holiday. Have a look at our recommendations below -- just be sure to gear up for one or two massive hugs in return.

Master your domain like never before

5 Essentials for the Well-Connected Home

The next frontier for mobile devices and connected technology is all about the physical domain. Phrases like "smart home" and "the internet of things" are creeping into our collective vocabulary; can those lofty ideas really change your life? Considering the advanced features offered by smart home essentials, and the answer should be obvious.

Ask and you shall receive

Meet the Only Smartphone with Firefly Technology

Search engines changed how we discover information about the world around us forever -- not to mention how we shop. Amazon's new Firefly technology embedded in the new Fire Phone, exclusively on AT&T, is primed to flip the script once again. At its core, Firefly is designed to help users easily identify everything from web addresses and phone numbers to over 100 million products including various forms of media like movies, TV episodes and songs.

The mobile interface of the future, today

Meet the Only Smartphone with Dynamic Perspective

Sci-fi movies have teased us with the power and convenience of 3D interfaces for years. But Amazon's newly launched Fire Phone, available exclusively at AT&T, proves that the wait for an advanced smartphone interface that harnesses the full potential of 3D is finally over. So-called Dynamic Perspective is powered by four front-facing infrared cameras that constantly track the position of the user's head in relation to the phone's screen -- even in the dark. The result is a persistent 3D viewing experience that doesn't require special glasses or a fancy 3D display.

Next stop, Tour de France

Maxed Out: Get More Out of Your Road Bike

Even inexpensive upgrades can make a huge difference when it comes to grinding your way up the local hill or beating out your buddies in a county-line sprint. Now take that baseball card out of your spokes and read on for six other ways to get more out of your road bike.

Sleep well, feel good

The Benefits of Sleep for Recovery

While scientists are far from understanding everything about sleep, the nature of our sleep cycle throughout the night is fairly well articulated. It's time you learned more about sleep's role in the recovery process.

Moving on up

Kit: Sophomore Year

A year's worth of college puts you on a separate plane than the eager fresh faces that've just been let off the parental leash for the first time in their lives. There's a wisdom that comes with knowing the ropes -- like avoiding classes that meet more than twice a week, or where to find grease at any godforsaken hour. You've also made friends (some probably for life) and finally have a say over where you live and who you live with. Craft a smart plan, lean on your parents, and with a little bit of luck your new home might actually be a house. You've earned the extra space, now make it your own.

Stay safe with genuine Canon products

Nobody Wins with Counterfeit Batteries

Counterfeit Canon batteries and battery chargers cost less than their genuine counterparts for a reason: they lack the heat management technology that's critical for safety. The underground nature of their production also ignores factors like quality control and worker well-being in favor of earning a quick buck. By buying fake Canon products, you're not just supporting these criminal groups, you're also putting your camera equipment and potentially even your own safety at serious risk. Learn how to spot fakes here.

New school. New gear.

Kit: Freshman Year

Our college years have faded into the past, but that hasn't stopped us from rethinking what we'd pack if we could do it all over again. Whether you're matriculating this fall and looking for a leg up on your classmates, or a (clearly hip) parent prepping for one last spending hoorah before crossing your offspring off the books for good, consider your packing list officially started.

Keeping the good times always close at hand

The 50 Best Festivals in America eBook

Today we're happy reintroduce our guide to the 50 Best Festivals in America in the form of a handy, downloadable eBook (PDF) that's been revamped with even more photography, insight and trivia than before. It's a ready-to-go handbook for your iOS, Android or Kindle device -- never out of reach the next time the road comes calling. Oh, and it's free. Download it here.

The future of sleep is here

Rest Better with ComforPedic iQ

Introducing ComforPedic iQ™, the world’s first and only mattress to combine Ultra Cool™ Memory Foam with the revolutionary, patented Smart Response™ Technology. Sixteen internal chambers work together to naturally and continuously adapt to your body’s every position—all without motors or electronics.

More Horses, Same Stable

Max Out: Tips for Getting More Horsepower Out of Your Engine

So you've purchased your car of choice and remained within your diminutive budget, only to hope your routes are mostly downhill. You regularly scream, “I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain!” a la Montgomery Scott as you try to merge with freeway traffic but are passed by a Biggest Loser contestant on rollerblades. You're in luck. There are ways to bring your car's horsepower to levels higher than Tom Cruise's vertical leap, and they don't have to cost you a large fraction of your annual salary. Just remember one thing, young man: with great power comes great responsibility satisfaction.

Sweet dreams are made of these

Kit: A Better Night’s Sleep

You shouldn't need a reason to get more sleep, but we'll happily lay the facts out for you anyway. According to National Institute of Health sleep expert Dr. Merrill Mitler, "Sleep services all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness and mood.” Also, don't buy into the hype surrounding sleeping less as a trait shared by the uber successful. It's simply not true for the average joe. In Mitler's words, “when we look at well-rested people, they’re operating at a different level than people trying to get by on one or two hours less nightly sleep.” While there are countless factors that can prevent you from getting your fair share of beauty sleep, a poorly equipped place of rest shouldn't be one of them. The path to a better night's sleep starts here.

A World Rally Blur

With the 2015 Subaru WRX, A Rally Car Matures

Since it arrived onto North American shores in 2002 the Subaru WRX has been making the case for unadulterated fun, one four-wheel drift at a time. Vehicles and our expectations of them however, have changed a lot over the last 13 model years. No longer content to merely juke and jive with the best of them, we now demand our cars have styling, more toys than an only child and soft-touch everything. To keep these newly refined ralliers content in their cockpits, Subaru sent the WRX to finishing school. And, if you ask us, it graduated -- with honors.

Doing more

Elements: Dual Threats

Two for the price of one. Who can't get behind a premise like that? We're not talking about Corona-themed tank tops hocked in Cancun to the fanny-packed masses here (but...still). We're talking about those rare multi-tasking gems that force you to reassess what's possible in this day and age. The best of the dual-threat bunch become icons, whether real -- the Swiss Army Knife, Bo Jackson -- or imagined -- a Delorean turned time machine. Most at least make the rest of your possessions look useless in comparison. In some cases their genius stems from clever hacks that seem obvious in hindsight; in others, the magic comes from years of groundbreaking research and technological progress. This is a celebration of versatile items from all walks of life. May your future purchases forever be multi-talented.

Third time's the charm

Design Spotlight: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Is it our technological destiny to want both a tablet and a laptop forever, or can advances in hardware and software, combined with intelligent design, actually unify our professional and personal lives within one screen? Microsoft made its stance on the matter abundantly clear with the launch of the original Surface in the summer of 2012. Two years later, the third iteration of the Surface is a marvel of engineering honed by experience and proving more than ever that Microsoft’s vision for the future of computing is as real as it gets. Here's a rundown of the key innovations that make new Surface Pro 3 both a powerful Intel Core laptop and an easy-to-use tablet.

What to See, Hear, and Read

This Week in Culture: June 27, 2014

This Week in Culture: North Korea threatens war over Seth Rogen's new movie, David Sedaris publishes great writing, Wimbledon's feathered employee and more.

Conversations over a straight razor

30 Minutes With: Tobias Olsen

We talk to Big T, a.k.a. Tobias Olsen, owner of the beloved Royal Barbershop in Stockholm, about life's second acts, what it takes to be an excellent barber, and how to care for your skin -- and yourself.

Master Your Smoky Domain

Kit: Backyard Grilling

No man should need an excuse to grill. But long summer weekends do provide an excellent opportunity to show off your skills and (hopefully) have others hand-deliver beers to your door. Make sure the stage is properly set for your next backyard bacchanal by having the right tools at disposal.

Elbow grease optional

Kit: Automotive DIY Done Right

Winter has the propensity to put a hurtin’ on your car, but those cold memories can easily be replaced with the right kind of DIY TLC. You don’t have to be the third member of Car Talk to find success in the confines of your own home garage -- you just need the right tools and gear. (OK, and maybe a few tips from Tom and Ray won't hurt.) The Home Depot is the place to get prepped for your home-mechanic needs.

Prepare your stomach...and your eyes

Distinctive Dining: Six Must-See Las Vegas Restaurants

Food should always be the main concern when visiting any eating establishment. But in a town like Vegas that's bursting with superstar chefs from around the globe, weighing a few other factors will help narrow your plan of attack. These restaurants boast one-of-a-kind interior designs to go along with their top-chef menus, offering dining experiences all of your senses will appreciate in full.

Adrenaline by any means necessary

Vegas on the Edge: Unique Adventures Beyond the Strip

Vegas is home to an endless array of entertainment, so much so, that it's easy to overlook the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities available beyond the plush confines of strip. Interested in driving Supercars at full clip on a professional track? It can be arranged. Ever dreamed you could throw a basketball with an excavator? Vegas can make it happen. Wish you had the skills of Jason Bourne? This town can teach you. But don't just take our word for it. This list of adventures should will set the record straight.

Time for a new dive watch standard

Time on Our Hands: Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

ISO 6425 is an international standard that spells out in great and unambiguous detail the criteria for what can be called a “diver’s watch”. Aside from the obvious water resistance requirement (100 meters, by the way), there are rules for legibility, salt water resistance and more. But the fact of the matter is, not many watches are even subjected to the testing required to earn the ISO seal of approval. So when Cartier, best known for its classic Tank and elegant Ballon Bleu watches, introduced its Calibre de Cartier Diver ($8,200) this year with full compliance with ISO 6425, the watch world took notice.

Bushwick, 10:18 p.m.

Late Plates: Onur Tukel

For our latest edition of Late Plates, GP's J. Travis Smith ventured out for midnight Southern fried chicken, biscuits and fries with filmmaker, author and endearing eccentric Onur Tukel to discuss his latest film, which debuted at Tribeca Film Festival.

One Stop Shop for the DIY Dad

Great Gifts for DIY Dads at Lowes

Our top DIY dads offer project inspiration to make your dad’s day the best yet. Forget the boring striped tie this Father’s Day and give dad the gift of laying low with Lowe’s. Most dads enjoy spending their Father’s Day relaxing at home with their families, so this year, create an experience dad won’t forget for years to come.   With help from some of our favorite DIY dads from across the country, Lowe’s designed inspirational blueprints to help you make this Father’s Day memorable without breaking a sweat – or the bank!   From spending time bonding with the kids over a vegetable garden to building a DIY arbor to hosting a rustic outdoor Father’s Day party for your closest friends and family, find out what our dads have to say about their dream day. Visit our custom-made blueprints: here.   To help make your blueprint dreams a reality, be sure Dad has the following Father’s Day essentials: here.

Take Chances on Cards, Not Your Digs

Stay: Great Las Vegas Hotels for Summer

The question isn't why you'd visit Vegas; it's when. Though you'll never catch the city standing still at any time of year, the summer season does offer a prime opportunity to take full advantage of its palatial pools, gardens, outdoor activities and other ridiculous outdoor venues. We've culled through the city's extensive list of hotels to call out a few of the more noteworthy places to stay in Vegas this summer.