If you're like most men living in this modern age of ours, your personal communication probably takes place through the digital ether of email, Facebook, and Twitter. While these forms of communication are fast and ubiquitous, they lack the human touch. It's time to snap out of your Web-based correspondence routine and embrace the art of the handwritten letter. But a proper letter can't be just scribbled on a piece of torn out notebook paper. If you're going to take the time to write a letter, you need to use quality stationery. Of course we can't think of a better or manlier set of stationery than our very own Art of Manliness inspired men's correspondence cards. Choose from over 25 manlyÂ motifs that areÂ letterpressed into the card and printed with brown ink. They're perfect for jotting a quick note to Grandpa or sending your thanks to your Aunt Gertrude for your birthday savings bond. Price: $15 The Embassy All Black Pen from County Comm is the tactical pen of choice of the U.S. Government. The pen is machined from alumnium and hasÂ deep knurled grip on the body that will ensure this bad boy never slips from your hand. The Embassy Pen uses Fisher "space pen" cartridges that will keep you writing in temperatures from -30Â°F to 250Â°F. Pair this up with a Rite in the Rain notebook, and come rain or shine, you'll be anÂ unstoppableÂ writing machine. Price: $44.50
This post is brought to you by Hyundai. Click here to learn more about the new 2011 Elantra. What's this? Every man should strive to be fit. It's not a matter of aesthetics or getting six pack abs. It's about functional strength and the way a healthy body can affect every aspect of your life. Keeping yourself in shape boosts your happiness, brain power, confidence, and success, allows you to play with your kids now and live long enough to see them grow up, and prepares you to save your own life or the lives of others. Of course keeping yourself in top physical condition is easier said than done. Boredom and a lack of motivation can kill our desire to go for a run or get to the gym. Doing the same work out routine day-in-and-day-out gets old fast. And repeating the same work out may actually cause aÂ plateauÂ in your progress. So to stick with it and get results, a man needs to periodically break out of his tired old workout routine and mix things up from time to time. Adding in a few different tools can make your fitness routine feel fresh again. To snap out of your usual, tired andÂ boring workoutÂ routine, we suggest giving these five items a try.
Barbells and dumbbells are a fantastic way to increase strength and muscle mass. But chances are you've been using them for years, doing the same old exercises over and over again. You need something to snap you out of your tired routine. Enter the kettlebell, one of the best training tools out there. What's a kettlebell you ask? Imagine a cannonball with a handle. Awesome and awesomely manly. Created by Russian weightlifters, kettlebells have been used for many decades by athletes and strongmen to perform high intensity workouts that provide strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility training. A short 30 minute workout with one of these babies builds muscle, burnsÂ fat, and gets you in the best physical condition of your life. Become strong like bull. Start using kettlebells.
After brewing coffee and cooking breakfast, a man has to have something to read to shake off the brain rust that developed overnight. For over a century, men across America would typically read the good old morning paper. But subscriptions to newspapers have been steadily declining for the past twenty years as more people consume their news digitally or even opt out from keeping up with current events altogether.You're a busy man. You've got places to go and bears to wrestle and you're probably running out the front door without even kissing your wife goodbye just so you can make it to work on time. Snap out of this routine by bringing back the leisurely morning newspaper read with the assistance of the Amazon Kindle. You can subscribe to your favorite newspapers and even The Art of Manliness on your Kindle. Read it while you sip your hot coffee and eat your delicious skillet fried eggs. If you don't finish your article before you need to head out the door for work, take your Kindle with you to read in the carpool or on the subway. As a new dad I speak from experience when I say they're also indispensable for reading while feeding/holding a baby. The KindleÂ has a one month battery life and thanks to the magic of e-ink, it's almost like reading a paper newspaper. It's like holding the future in your hand. Now if they could only invent a machine that showers you like on the Jetsons...