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We’ve got some fitness gems for you this week. Now that it’s getting a little chillier, it’s time to rack up an arsenal of go-to cardio-based bodyweight exercises. We’ve got 35 of them, from old-school jumping jacks to fancy foot fires. We’ve also got tips to perfect that squat, and open a discussion on whether or not it’s possible to balance alcohol and fitness. Tomorrow marks the start of AIDS Awareness Month, and it’s time to read up on the facts, (and go get tested!).

Editor’s Picks This Week

Get the Facts on HIV/AIDS and Get TestedSaturday is World AIDS Day, so it’s time to get the facts on HIV, a virus that infects 50,000 new people in the U.S. each year. We’ve got the lowdown on how to get tested.

How to Do the Perfect Squat Think you don’t know squat? We’ve got all the details on how to perform the very best one, with or without weight.

36 Surprising Ways to Boost Creativity For Free Gaze at something green; swig some whiskey; sit outside a box. Find out how these and other tips help bring out our most creative selves.

11 Best Mobile Apps to Run Faster and SmarterThink you need a fancy watch to get the most out of your miles? Think again. Use your smartphone and these 11 apps to hit the pavement and get the most out of your runs.


31 Healthier Holiday Cookies Tis the season to head to the kitchen and whip up some traditional holiday treats. We’ve compiled a list of holiday cookie classics with (of course!) a healthy twist.

Coca-Cola’s Workout Calculator: Useful Tool or Corporate Sneak?Coca-Cola recently launched the “Work it Out” online calorie calculator, which shows how much activity will burn off a soda. Is the beverage giant’s new campaign a step in the right direction? Greatist’s Chief Research Officer weighs in.

Healthier Choices From Greatist Ambassadors #imagreatist Our Greatist Ambassadors are motivating everyone to make healthier choices! From lifting circuits to healthy breakfasts and more, here are some inspiring choices they’ve made this week.

11 Alternative Medicines Explained A host of complementary therapies are gaining popularity as alternatives to conventional care. We break down the hows and whys behind these treatment options.

News: UK Bans Cheap Alcohol to Reduce Binge Drinking British Prime Minister David Cameron is working to ban the sale of super-cheap alcohol in stores and supermarkets. Will the controversial legislation help reduce binge drinking?

News: Birth Control May Eventually Hit Pharmacy Shelves There’s long been a push for over-the-counter access to the birth control pill, but the American Congress of Obstetricians recently gave the nod for prescription-free oral contraceptives.

Quit Shoving: #GivingTuesday Is Changing Shopping Season In the true spirit of the holidays, thousands of people are counteracting Cyber Monday with Giving Tuesday, a day of giving back. Find out what it is and how to get some holiday karma.

The Greatist Table: 5 Healthy Cranberry Recipes from Around the Web Left with some extra cranberries after the Thanksgiving feast? Try one of these delicious cranberry-infused recipes.

12 Healthy Alternative to Peanut Butter It’s peanut butter jelly time, peanut butter jelly — hold up. November might be National Peanut Butter Month, but not everyone’s on board with the spreadable stuff. Here’s how to replace peanut butter in just about any recipe.

Quote: Where Do Thanksgiving Leftovers Come From? Thanksgiving — the destroyer of all waistlines — may be gone, but just think of all the leftovers yet to eat. Read how humorist Calvin Trillin ponders the mysteries and joys of leftovers.

Recipe: Turkey, Brie, and Cranberry Sandwich The big feast is over, and now the fridge is packed with leftovers. Here’s a healthy sandwich idea to use up that turkey and cranberry in a healthier way.

Keep a Food Diary to Lose Weight and Maintain It Writing down what we eat can nearly double weight loss. So keep a food journal to help lose (and maintain) weight!

Can a New Nasal Spray Really Help Women Orgasm? For some women, reaching orgasm may be as difficult as reaching Nirvana. Now, there’s a new nasal spray called Tefina that claims to help women attain their sexual needs.

Recipe: Cocoa Dusted Almonds Need a quick, homemade holiday gift? Whip up a batch of these bad boys and never be stuck gift-less.


Alcohol and Exercise: Is It Possible to Balance Both? Is it possible to balance a crazy nightlife (booze!) with a passion for staying fit? Greatist talked to professional mixologist and award-winning trail runner Bryan Dayton on how to live healthy, no matter the drink.

We Did It: Kangoo Last week the Greatist ladies jumped around in bouncy shoes at our first Kangoo class. Find out what the fitness class is all about.

35 Cardio-Based Bodyweight Exercises Anyone can fit in some cardio without hopping on a machine. Check out these 35 cardio-based strength exercises that’ll pump up the heart rate without running for miles.

Aaron Rodgers Surprises A Cancer Survivor (and Plays Dress Up) Pro football player, Aaron Rodgers, hangs out with a 10-year-old cancer survivor for a day. With his fame, Rodgers helps raise awareness for childhood cancer and blood disorders.

Poster: Strive for Progress, Not PerfectionWe all want to be our best, but our best isn’t always perfection. Set goals for you — and blast through obstacles — with the newest inspirational poster from Greatist.

Try a Walking Meeting to Combat Afternoon FatigueFeeling sleepy at work? This small hack will let you get down to business while staying fit and sharp at the afternoon slump.


Greatist Podcast: This Is Your Brain on Sleep On this week’s Greatist Podcast, sleep researcher Dan Pardi stops by to give some practical tips on getting the most out of sleep.

Sunglasses That Fight the Winter Blues (And Look Really Strange) Ever wanted to bring the daylight indoors? With a special pair of “sun” glasses, it may be possible, helping beat the dismal darkness of winter days.

How to Apologize to Anyone A good old-fashioned “I’m sorry” is the best way to fix any mistake, from making a work flub to forgetting Mom’s birthday. We’ve all been there, so check out these tips and tricks to make every apology gold star-worthy.