Hitting the gym later? This week, Greatist has you covered. From 50 nutritious (and delicious) pre- and post-workout snacks, to a collection of truly kick-ass partner exercises, we’ve got all the tips to make those gym sessions more fun (and effective) than ever. And for the salt lovers out there, we uncover the truth about whether sodium is really bad for us — and how to break the addiction.

And don’t forget to check out Greatist’s Milkshake and Smoothie Contest, where your recipe could end up featured on a real restaurant’s menu! — David Tao


35 Kick-Ass Partner Exercises

Sometimes two gym rats are better than one. Grab a partner and make the most of your gym time with these high-intensity partner exercises.

50 Awesome Pre and Post-Workout Snacks

Eating a full meal before and after training isn’t always easy, but don’t skimp when it comes to snack time. Here are 50 simple recipes to hit the spot before and after workouts.

Hack Your Gym: Save Time and Lift More With These Tips

Learn how to get the most out of your gym with these five simple and fun gym hacks.

Links We Love: How Yoga Changed a Life and More

Ready for some weekend link-love? From how yoga transformed one man’s life to five ways to produce kick ass ideas, we’ve found our favorite links from around the web.

Build a Better You, One Habit at a Time

GUEST POST: Precision Nutrition’s Susan Olding explains how to adopt healthier habits — and make them stick — one step at a time.

How to Breathe for Every Type of Exercise

Breathing may seem like a no-brainer, but when it comes time for exercise, technique is everything. Find out the best way to breathe for every physical activity from running to basketball to strength training.

Deskercise! 33 Ways to Exercise at Work

Feeling sluggish at work? Get energized and burn a few extra calories with this crash course in office-friendly exercises.


Why We Love Salt (And How to Break the Sodium Addiction)

Forget the candy aisle. Find out why certain people crave all those chips n’ dip and how to help curb that salty desire.


The Secret to Productivity: Stop Checking Your Email

Have an urge to check your email? It could be some meeting notes, but what if the boss is firing me?! New research suggests we’re less productive with our heads in the inbox.

What Causes Stomach Butterflies?

Stress can cause some pretty weird feelings, and butterflies in the stomach definitely make the list. But those butterflies are a good sign that the body is functioning like it should.

Wallflowers: When Is It OK to Be Shy?

That introvert in the corner might be the smartest person in the room. Here’s why a little shyness can be a secret weapon for success.

Why It’s OK to Be Quiet: Interview with Susan Cain

Bestselling author Susan Cain speaks up about introversion, extroversion, and why being yourself is the true key to happiness.

Quote: Robert Louis Stevenson on Living Green

Going green isn’t just about recycling. Here, Scottish poet and novelist Robert Louis Stevenson, writes on how to reap what you sow.

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