Be Sure Exercise Is All You Get at the Gym

When you go to the gym, do you wash your hands before and after using the equipment? Bring your own regularly cleaned mat for floor exercises? Shower with antibacterial soap and put on clean clothes immediately after your workout? Use only your own towels, razors, bar soap, water bottles?

If you answered “no” to any of the above, you could wind up with one of the many skin infections that can spread like wildfire in athletic settings.  The National Athletic Trainers’ Association recently issued a position paper on the causes, prevention and treatment of skin diseases in athletes that could just as well apply to anyone who works out in a communal setting, be it a school, commercial gym or Y.
Nike Air Foamposite One Metallic Red

Nike welcomes a new colorway in its popular Air Foamposite One for Spring 2012. Decked out in a bold metallic red colorway, the Penny Hardaway signature model comes outfitted with a translucent outsole and black accenting, along with traditional carbon fiber plate detailing. For those interested, these will be dropping on February 4 through Wish, with other select Nike dealers taking stock in the coming days.

Business Wear:  The Oxford Dress Shoe

The time has arrived to bid a fond farewell to those square toed, thick soled favorites of yours. Yes, we are speaking about those rectangular leather lace-ups that some men call dress shoes. Truthfully, there has been a public outcry for their demise for many years now. Nevertheless, companies keep producing them and unsuspecting gentlemen keep purchasing them. Please, cease and desist wearing them. In their place: sleek wingtips, cap toes, and even few whole-cuts with a decorative brogue. You need a rotation of 3-4 shoes:  black, brown, and burgundy. 
Design Your Own New Era Fitted

It was only a matter of time, now no more will you have to long for the release of a mustard yellow Red Sox cap, thanks to New Era By You ($60). This new service from the ubiquitous MLB hat maker lets you customize nearly every aspect of your hat, including the color of each panel, bill, logo, and stich, making it possible to create nearly any combination you desire. Warning: the building tool is Flash-only, so don't expect to be ordering your masterpiece from your iPad.
How To Network In Person

It's 2012, so we've all mastered the finer points of social networking, right?  But in an age of personal-brand-building, it's easy to forget that networking in person is one of the most beneficial  ways to market yourself.  After all, it's the genuine, personal connections that make an impact--not the random Linkedin requests.

How To Do It:

Confidence is key.

A proper introduction calls for a firm handshake, eye contact and a smile. A good attitude is contagious. It makes it easier to bring up what you're passionate about, and it makes them actually want to listen to what you have to say. And remember to dress the part. What you're wearing is essentially the first impression you give someone, even before you open your mouth.

Practice makes perfect.
Of course, it helps to be an outgoing person, but networking is a skill that can be perfected. Ask a buddy to help you out—have him or her turn to you at unexpected times and play the part of the person you're hoping to speak with. If you can tune out distractions and get your point across succinctly, you're good to go.
David Beckham & H&M Launch New Underwear Line

British soccer star David Beckham is the newest entrant in the mens underwear business.  He's teamed up with  global retailer H&M to launch his own Bodywear line that will be available in 1,800 H&M stores worldwide beginning February 2.
Unlike the underwear he previously modeled for Emporio Armani, Beckham's collection for H&M features minimal branding on the waistband.
Beckham says he and his design team concentrated on the fit and style of the new undies to ensure the product is not only something that he would wear but one that he would be proud to put his name on.
Prices for the collection will range from $12.95 to $29.95.
Stress-Busting Secrets for Busy Folks

Everybody’s job is stressful, but not everyone suffers equally. Unfortunately, all that mental anguish has serious consequences: A new study from Yale University reports that prolonged stress actually shrinks the size of your brain, raising the risk of cognitive disorders and reducing your brain’s ability to deal with that stress.  

Here are some tips that may help you manage your own stress and deal with the many daily challenges you may face. 

Strategize. Take the time to thoroughly study the issues you face, including potential unintended consequences and plan Bs and Cs—like a chess player, or, well, a general. Think it through until you’re at least 80 percent sure, then go for it, and don’t be afraid to course-correct over time. Being ready to adjust makes the surprises in your job less stressful.

Laugh it off.  After a bad day, laugher can help to assuage stress.  Share a joke with friends or play a practical joke on a co-worker, but make sure you know the person well, and be ready to have your target prank you back.
Controlling Winter Eczema

If you suffer from eczema, it may seem that your problems get worse in the winter. You may figure it has something to do with the weather. You could be right because cold, dry air can play a role in flare ups. But, then again, the weather may not be the only changes that have occurred and what you are doing could be causing more problems than the low temperatures.

Outdoor Activities
Warm seasons are generally associated with outdoor activities, but some people spend a lot of time outside in the fall and winter. Those who work outdoors probably have little choice. Then, there are household tasks such as tending to fall gardens, raking leaves, and shoveling snow, that also needs to be done. There are also activities that you may want to do, such as sledding, ice skating, and attending football games.

What you need to realize is that the more time you spend outside, the more you increase your chances of aggravating your eczema, especially if you don't take measure to counteract the conditions you are exposing yourself to.
Jac5 Enters Luxury Men's Underwear Market

The expanding luxury men's underwear market just got a new entrant -- jac5.  The new underwear brand launched online as well as in Hong Kong's trendy Sheung Wan district.

Jac5 bills itself as the thinking man's solution to all that isn't quite right with what is available in today's marketplace. The brand even claims to have addressed, and solved, the age-old problems of itchy waistbands, uncomfortable fits, mediocre manufacturing, and products with a short life span and no sex appeal.  For jac5, it's all about delivering style and comfort.

Jim Christopher, the man behind the brand, uses his five much-loved Jack Russell terrier dogs as inspiration and mascot for the brand.

"I felt there was void in the men's underwear market," say Christopher.  "Quality, style and comfort were in decline, and so I decided to assemble the best possible team to create an irresistible product line of men's essentials.  Jac5 is a brand with a sense of humour, and we don't take ourselves too seriously--except when it comes to design and quality."
Headphones That Look As Good As They Sound

Fanny Wang has introduced its Custom Colors option for its premium headphone line. Whether you want to look good at the gym, on a plane or in the coffee shop, Fanny Wang is letting you personalize your unique style via its interactive website.

Music fans will be able to choose from an array of colors for seven different parts of the Fanny Wang headphone: outside band, inside band, center disc, sound chambers, accent strip, ear muffs and cord. With more than 1 million possible color combinations, it is easy to “amplify your sound” while rocking something that reflects your personal style.
Welcome to Exclusivity:  The Electric Room NYC

The most exclusive nightclub and bar in New York - at this moment, anyway - is in the basement of a new hotel, just off its loading dock and garbage area.
If you look for the the Electric Room from outside the Dream Downtown hotel near the trendy Meatpacking District, don't look for a big, flashy sign that advertises the place - because you won't find one.
The only way you'll know you're getting close to it is if you see a series of small, blue-neon lightning streak signs and gritty walls covered with funky art.
And if you arrive before the clock strikes midnight, you won't find anything.
Why? The Electric Room only opens at 1 a.m.

The intimate spot holds just about 100 people, no lie, which is is sure to make it a tight door.
How Many Suits Should A Man Own?

The depth of your business wardrobe really depends on two things: the demands of your job and your sense of style. On average, most guys should own at least four to six suits, with variation depending on several factors. If you’re with a laid back company without too many social engagements, you can probably get away with two to three suits – solid charcoal, solid navy and maybe a subtle pinstripe. If you work in a professional services environment, like finance or law, you most likely want to have nine to twelve suits. Build your wardrobe around a solid foundation of versatile, well-made suits and then expand based on personal style, work demands and geographic conditions.
Credit cards can be a better deal than debit cards

For years, consumers have been told that debit cards have more benefits than credit cards. Debit card users don't run the risk of going into debt and damaging their credit score like they do with credit cards, so the story goes. But some experts are beginning to question that logic. For consumers who diligently pay off their credit-card balance each month there's little reason to use debit cards, says John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at, a credit-monitoring site. They won't incur interest rate charges, or late fees, and they can avoid annual fees by using credit cards that don't charge them.
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