Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Readers’ Choice

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Earlier this week, we asked readers on the blog, Facebook and Twitter to share their favorite workout songs for a massive readers’ choice playlist for this week’s lineup of sweat-able tunes. We got lots of great responses from Robyn’s “Hang with Me” (well, anything Robyn, actually) to Eminem’s “Shake That” to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

So without further ado, here are your picks for nearly three (!!) hours of sweating your face off.

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7 Reasons Beach Workouts Are the Best Workouts

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The weekend has finally arrived, friends! I’m betting a large chunk of us will be flocking to sandier sidewalks for a few days away from the city. And while you’re there, maybe, just maaaaybe, you’ll find some time to squeeze in a workout. Here are seven fun reasons why a beach workout is so worth it.

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10 Lighter Versions of Your Favorite Brunch and Breakfast Foods

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Quick survey: How many of you love the weekend? I’m going to take a guess and say, oh, all of you. Even if your weekend schedule is packed with activities, it’s still your chance to sleep in a little later, sit and enjoy your morning coffee, and relax. One reason I love the weekend is because I can actually take the time to make and enjoy my breakfast, instead of simply rushing out the door. Whether it’s French toast or waffles, an omelet or quiche, I can kick back and enjoy a meal reserved especially for lazy mornings.

The problem is this: Buttermilk pancakes with syrup isn’t exactly the healthiest way to start my day. The good news is, there are plenty of recipes that can help you lighten up your favorite brunch indulgences. While they wont replace a breakfast of steel-cut cut oats and berries, these “skinny” versions of the original recipes have cut down on the fat and sugar and amped up the protein and veggies. This means you get more of the good stuff while still getting to indulge. Cheers to the freakin’ weekend.

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The Ingenious Way to Cube and Store a Watermelon in Less than 2 Minutes

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Man, y’all, the Internet is killing it this week with useful kitchen hacks. First we learned how to keep an avocado from turning brown—this, on top of our previous posts about keeping bananas from over-ripening and the easiest way ever to clean a blender—and now we have an insanely clever trick for cubing and storing an entire watermelon in less than two minutes. I’m betting it would also work with things like cantaloupe and honeydew melon—anything spherical with a rind that you’d like cubed fast. Spoiler: It’s all about how you make the cuts.

Behold and be amazed.

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Aha! THIS Is Why All Your Greatest Ideas Are Realized in the Shower

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Here’s a situation that might feel familiar: You spend all day at work racking your brain for a brilliant idea to present to your boss and, after a very long eight hours, your notepad is still blank. You leave the office, go home, hop in the shower and BAM: a totally genius idea pops into your head, and you think Why, oh whyyy, didn’t I think of this at work?!

Well, it turns out, you’re not actually bad at your job (phew!). According to a very interesting piece on Slate, ideas are just easier to come by when you’re doing something a little bit distracting, like washing your hair. The reason for these Aha! shower moments is something psychologists call incubation: Ideas stew in the back of our minds for a while before we actually become aware of them. And in order to properly incubate and realize the totally brilliant idea, we need some element of distraction.

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Sign This: Petition Asking Michael Nutter to Create Philly Run to Work Day

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There are a lot of reasons why I love my job, and this is one of them: Last week, I got into a pretty fun Twitter convo with Run 215 founder (and stellar #BWPSelfie taker) Jon Lyons about his dare-to-dream idea of creating a Run to Work Day in Philly, similar to Bike to Work Day.

“Sounds like a worthy Change.org petition to me,” I said. And so it began.

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Bryn Mawr Running Company to Launch Beginners’ Running Group This Fall

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For all you Main Liners looking to get into running, Bryn Mawr Running Company is launching a running group geared toward beginners this fall. The seven-week training program, led by BMRC manager Kim Walsh, will include two group runs a week along the Radnor Trail. At the end of the seven weeks, you’ll be able to show off your hard work and progress by running the Amazing Race 5K on October 25th.

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