• We’ve been on the early-morning workout bandwagon for a while now, and if you’re looking to slim down, you should probably hop on board, too: Looks like the early morning might be the best time of day to exercise for weight loss. [The New York Times]
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Let’s Make Philly the Best City for Fitness
Be Well Philly's 10-step plan to get Philly fit.
It’s that time of year again. The hopefulness and exuberance of the New Year has given way to the cold reality: Getting in shape is HARD. You have to be conscientious with your diet and dedicated to hitting the gym regularly.
Studies show that right now is when most of the people who resolved to get in shape this year will quit. They will taper off until March, when only a tiny percentage of them will have achieved their fitness goal.
A crock-pot is a busy person’s best friend: You can throw a few ingredients into it in the morning, go about your insanely hectic day, and come home nine hours later to a beautiful dinner that took just about zero effort. Doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
So for all the busy Be Wellers out there, this week, we’ve rounded up five creative, delicious and healthy dinners that require just about zero manpower—the crock-pot pretty much does it all for you. Bonus: Most of these recipes make upwards up six servings, so you’ll have plenty of leftovers, too. Consider your dinners and lunches covered for the week.
If your favorite way to relax is to go bananas in the kitchen, you’ve come to the right place. Spend some of your “you” time this weekend making some delicious cookies you can feel good about eating. From breakfast cookies to chocolatey wonders, these treats are sure to make your mouth water.
I don’t know about you, but this has been one of those weeks that just Would. Not. End. I think back to something I did on Monday, and I can’t even believe it happened this week, because it feels like six months ago right now. Sigh.
So instead of pegging us to a genre or decade in this week’s playlist, I thought to myself, “Screw it. I’m going to have some genre-jumping fun.” What you’ll find here is a masterful (if I do say so myself) hodge-podge of fun, catchy, get-you-to-the-gym beats that defy the confines time and category: We’re talking Tiffany next to Robyn next to the Chili Peppers next to My Morning Jacket. If it feels a bit wacky, that’s kind of the point.
Stream your heart out below.
Up this week is Clovis who comes courtesy of the Monster Milers’ Adopt a Running Buddy program. (You can learn more about the program and check out some of their super-cute success stories here.) He is small, but no less fast, making him the perfect companion for city digs and city runs. Plus, that FACE, you guys. Learn more about him below.
The weekend is officially upon us, friends! We can almost taste the freedom.
If you’re about to head into the days ahead without a plan of attack, allow us to offer some suggestions. See, last weekend, we posted a guide for how to use your Sunday wisely to set yourself up for a great week ahead. So while you’re fresh off the high of an awesome week, we thought we’d gin up a companion piece for your weekend. To wit: Our advice for five ways to have the best weekend ever.
We’re not talking about specific things to do. (For this weekend’s events, check out our guide here.) We’re talking about measures you can take and advice you can heed to create for yourself a few relaxing, yet productive days off. And while you don’t have to hit all these points in one fell swoop, working one or two or three of these tips into your weekend will help you maximize your off-time.
• It’s almost the weekend, people! Finally! If you have a bad case of the winter blues, you’re probably looking forward to holing up in your house with Friends (the show, not to be confused with real human beings), but you might want to try doing a few of these things instead: Here, four doctor-approved tricks for beating the winter blues. [Well + Good]
Over here in Be Well Philly Land, we’re pretty much always talking about what we absolutely love about Philly’s fitness-and-health-food scene (The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk! HipCityVeg!) or, on the flip side, what we feel like it’s missing. I mean, after all, it is kind of our job to talk about this stuff all day.
Today, we got to talking about what we wish we had more of (or less of, in some cases)—the kinds of things that, if we did have more of them, could be just what we need to make Philly the greatest city for fitness in the world. It’s a lofty goal, I know. But Philly was just ranked the second best shopping city in the world (puzzlingly, but still) and third on a list of the year’s best travel destinations. Who’s to say we can’t be the be-all-end-all city for fitness, too?
Below, 10 things we think would make Philly the best city for fitness in 2015. And the best part about this list? A lot of these things, like more trail-running groups and more free fitness classes, are totally in our control. So consider this our rallying cry: Let’s make it happen, people!
6 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Chilly Cheeks 7-Miler, Hip-Hop Yoga, Free Workouts at Hotel Monaco and More
Starting to think about the weekend? Us, too! If you’re hoping to figure in some time working up a sweat, you’ve come to the right place. There are a handful of fun fitness activities to keep you more than occupied this weekend. Just remember: There’s a chance of snow on Friday evening and into Saturday, so be sure to keep an eye out for any last-minute cancellations or changes to the events below.