This week, Greatist geared up for the Olympics. While our adventure to Kangoo class may not have revealed the next Olympic sport, we did learn a lot about Olympic steeplechase and got a sneak peek at U.S. steeplechaser Donn Cabral's intense training methods. And while we can't all be Olympic athletes, we did learn that fitting in exercise at any point during the day is a major step toward a healthier life. This week we also learned why it's so common to fall for the biggest jerk on the block. Thankfully — even if we're attracted to assholes — we also discovered that laughter has some serious health benefits, so it's probably a good idea to just laugh it off. — Nicole McDermott

Fitness
Steeplechase Photo: Sum of Marc / Flickr.com

15 Things You Didn't Know About Olympic Steeplechase
And you thought plain running was hard. Learn about steeplechase, an Olympic race that has athletes hurdling and jumping through water pits!

30 Must-Follow Olympic Athletes on Twitter
Don’t have a ticket to the 2012 Olympic Games? Never fear: The USA’s best and brightest are now Twitter all-stars, too. Read on for our top 30 athletes to follow so you don’t miss a thing.

Over the Hill: Have You Passed Peak Performance
It’s no coincidence that 65 percent of U.S. Olympians are in their 20s. At a certain age athleticism begins to wane, but there may be ways to keep performance up — despite the clock.

Moms Get Olympic-Sized Video Tribute
Behind every great Olympian is a great Olympic mother, or at least that’s how we think the saying goes. This heartwarming video pays tributes to moms in advance of the London games.

Live Like a Pro: Olympic Steeplechaser Donn Cabral 
Get to know NCAA track and field champ-turned 2012 Olympic steeplechaser Donn Cabral in this exclusive pre-Games interview. (Yes, the steeplechase is a real Olympic event. And yes, it’s certifiably awesome.)

Six-Pack Abs in Six Weeks #Absperiment: The Sacrifices
Our founder goes on a six-pack abs in six weeks challenge and shares his journey… so you don’t have to. Follow along on his recap of Week Five.

What's the Best Way to Build Endurance?
Falling flat during the final mile? Found out how to boost endurance to help feel super strong when crossing the finish line.

We Did It: Kangoo
What’s up with the Kangoo craze? Three greatists headed to the New York Health and Racquet Club to give these super-bouncy shoes a try. Read on to see how we did!

Know Before You Go: Yoga
Warrior 1, Warrior 2, Child’s Pose — say what? Here’s the lowdown on getting in on the yoga craze — without the intimidation factor.

What's the Best Time to Work Out? 
Whether we’re night owls or early birds, fitting in a daily workout can be tough. So what’s the most optimal time to get in that sweat sesh?

Health

Recipe: Fruit Salad with Lemon-Lavender Syrup
Peaches, plums, and cherries, oh my! This sophisticated summer fruit salad gets kicked up a notch with a lemon-lavender syrup making it the perfect addition to any picnic or party.

Visit Greatist at the Healthy Living Summit!
This August, Greatist will be attending a healthy living conference for bloggers and fans. We’ll be sharing our own experiences as a top-notch health and lifestyle resource, while connecting with and learning from our friends!

The Best #imagreatist Healthy Eating Tips
One of our biggest sources of healthy eating inspiration here at Greatist is you — the Greatist community. This week we rounded up some of our favorite healthier swaps, snacks, and a great tip in planning ahead.

8 Unexpected Ways to Hack Your Ice Cream
Ice cream might not be the healthiest thing in the world, but it’s National Ice Cream Day for Pete’s sake! Here are some unexpected (and definitely cool) ways to indulge this summer.

Superfood: Cantaloupe
Not only is cantaloupe fun to say — this superfruit has tons of super qualities like beauty-boosting vitamins, too!

Links We Love: The Health Benefits of Oral Sex (and More)
Ready for some weekend link-love? From an inspiring running manifesto to a refreshing summer salad recipe, we’ve found our favorite links from around the web.

Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Going to Kill Me?
Science has repeatedly deemed the link between serious health problems and artificial sweeteners erroneous. So why has the paranoia perpetuated? More importantly, has the hubbub overshadowed some important information about what sugar substitutes actually do to the body and brain?

21 Foolproof Vegan Recipe Substitutions
Raspberry truffle brownies? Mac and cheese? Yep, there’s a vegan version. From swapping seitan for beef to using bananas instead of eggs, we’ve rounded up 21 ways to turn those favorite dishes into a vegan-friendly feast.

The Ultimate Guide to Vitamins and Minerals
With so many vitamin and mineral buzzwords, reading food packaging can feel like swimming in an alphabet soup! So what’s all the fuss over those nutrients vitamin A through zinc? Read on to understand why these essential nutrients are, well, so essential.

Happiness

How to Beat Distractions and Stay Focused at Work
Having trouble concentrating on the job? Learn some tips on how to stay focused at work, no matter what disruptions occur.

Quote: Jimmy Dean Says Love is an Ice Cream Sundae
This sausage impressario knew more than just links. Celebrate National Ice Cream day with Jimmy Dean’s comparison of a sundae to a love supreme.

Why We're Attracted to Assholes
The dream-date has gorgeous hair, beautiful eyes, and a breathtaking smile. But that same catch soon turns out to be selfish, unreliable, and unstable. Sound familiar? Read on to find out why men and women keep falling for jerks.

What Laughter Can Do For YOU!
Whoever said laughter is the best medicine was on to something. A fit of hysterics may, in fact, have a ton of health benefits! Start here, with our hilarious infographic.

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