This week, as our founder Derek continued his #Absperiment and a killer heat wave hit NYC, Greatist tried to stay safe with a list of foods that can help protect you from the sun and a how-to guide for one of our favorite water sports, surfing! For those who fear being judged while trying something new (like, say, surfing), we have some handy tips on dealing with criticism like a pro. — Kate Morin


Photo by Kate Morin

6 Food Groups That Will Protect You From the Sun

Sun protection isn’t all about sunscreen. It turns out certain foods have that SPF power, too.

80 Healthy Recipe Substitutions

The top 80 healthy recipe switches to take any meal to the next level.

Superfood: Cherries

These seasonal fruits aren’t just for ice cream sundaes — they’re packed with nutrients that can speed up post-workout muscle recovery, improve shut-eye, and more.

What Should I Sweeten With Instead of Sugar?

White sugar in the coffee not cutting it? Check out these natural sugar alternatives to satisfy any sweet tooth — but remember, substitutes have some negatives, too.


We Did It: Skybody Fitness

Ready to take your fitness to new heights? This week The Greatist Team headed to Skybody Fitness to learn the art of aerial fitness. Come along to see how we did!

22 Kick-Ass Kettlebell Exercises

Drop the dumbbells. Here are 22 kettlebell exercises that’ll give the whole body a killer workout.

How to Make a Strength Training Plan (and Keep It!)

Hitting the gym can be a daunting task. Read on to get our experts’ tips on finding the right strength training plan for you.

#Absperiment: It Takes a Village

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 One.

We Did It: Body Space Fitness

Greatist went through the grinder with the friendly trainers at Body Space Fitness, a new multi-purpose gym in Manhattan that trains both happy minds and healthy bodies.

Know Before You Go: Surfing

Never been on a surfboard before? It’s time to make some waves. Read on to learn what to expect from that first surfing adventure — and get stoked!

Epic Matrix Flip Wins Kickball Game

Kickball is no laughing matter, just ask Flying Ricky, an everyman turned superman in this gravity defying, game-winning video from the Pennsylvania Kickball Classic (yup, that’s a real thing).


How to Handle Criticism Like a Pro

Taking criticism isn’t always easy, but it’s important. Before getting defensive or dealing with a crushed ego, learn how to handle negative feedback like a champ.

Hands on With Zeo: Does Sleep Tracking Work?

We try out Zeo, a fancy new sleep tracker, to see if tech can help us hack our sleep.

Hack Your Gum: Boost Brainpower and Fix Everything

Chew on this: From improving memory to curbing hunger, gum’s good for much more than freshening breath. We rounded up our 6 favorite uses.

Quote: Ralph Waldo Emerson Makes Life a Lab

Ralph Waldo Emerson believed in the power and goodness of individual will. He also showed, in this quote, that life is best led as a series of wonderful experiments.

What Your Shoes Really Say About You

Shoes are the windows to the soul? A new study finds that we can predict age, wealth, and health just from our kicks.

Links We Love: Why Sharing a Bed Is Good For Your Health (and More)

Ready for some weekend link-love? From why sharing a bed is good for the heart to unconventional ways to use a treadmill, we’ve found our favorite links from around the web.

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