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Out of Office
What it was like to turn off work email for two whole weeks.
Your Weekend Fitness Guide
Free yoga, a Shake Shack bike ride, gorgeous trail run and more.
6 Ways to Have a Fit Halloween in Philly
It's time to get ghoulish and sweaty, y'all.
This Week’s Workout Playlist
Radio hits you love to hate (but really love with all your heart).
The savviest of Be Well Philly readers may have noticed I was a bit quiet here on the blog these past two weeks. Sure, we kept cranking out great content—because that’s what we do, duh—but if you looked closely at the bylines, you might have noticed that my name was pretty much absent for two weeks straight. Why? Because I was basking up the sun and sand in Hawaii, that’s why.
Not to brag or anything, but it was a pretty sick vacation. If you’ve never been there, I hope Hawaii is in your bucket list. My husband, Chris, and I visited two islands during our two-week stay: Oahu and Kauai. Both offered totally different experiences—Oahu is more built up and developed, so you get more of a hustle and bustle, while Kauai, nicknamed the Garden Isle, is wild, green and gorgeous—but we had a blast exploring all the amazing beaches and hiking trails we could possibly squeeze into daylight hours.
This was by far the longest vacation I’ve taken from the blog and you lovely readers in over three years. I was lucky to have the fabulously amazing, totally reliable Adjua Fisher to fill in for me, of course, but when you’re passionate about your job, like I am, it can still be a tad unnerving to up and leave for any stretch of time.
The first time former Philadelphia Soul dancer and fitness instructor Stephanie Tolar hopped on a Megaformer Pilates machine, she was hooked. “It was the hardest thing I had ever done,” she says. A friend of a friend owned a studio in Hoboken with a fleet of the massive 10-foot-long, 250-pound machines, and Tolar knew immediately after trying a class there that she wanted to bring them to Philly.
More than a year in the making, Tolar’s brainchild, Sculpt Fitness Studio, will open in the SouthStar Lofts building at 521 South Broad Street in early December. Hers will become the second Megaformer studio in our area—folks out on the Main Line have been enjoying Plank Studio in Wayne since April—and the first within city limits.
1. Halloween Party at P.S. & Co.
When: Friday, October 31st at 7:30 p.m.
Where: 1706 Locust Street, Rittenhouse.
It sure worked out nicely that Halloween happens to be on a Friday this year. It means you can party your brains out without having to get up early for work the next day. Local organic cafe and juicery, P.S. & Co., is making the most of it with a 1920s-themed cocktail and costume party for the ages. The $45 ticket ($55 at the door) gets you unlimited eats—all plant-based, gluten-free and organic—and all the fresh-pressed spiked juice cocktails you can drink. More info is here.
If you scroll through the music on my iPod, you will find a series of playlists titled Whatever, Who Cares?, Ughhhh, and so on, each one filled with enough sad John Mayer songs to make even the most emotionally stable human being shed a tear. The only reason I’m not horribly embarrassed to divulge this information to you is because these playlists were created over five years ago, after my first-ever breakup and, apparently, there’s a scientific excuse for their existence. A new study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that when you’re down, listening to sad songs truly does make you feel better, the Today Show reports.
If you like the feeling of a caffeine jolt before a race but don’t particularly love the way a cup of coffee sits in your stomach (I feel ya), listen up. A new product called Run Gum might be just what you’re looking for.
Tis the season for costumes, jack-o-lanterns, ghouls and goblins. The Philly fitness scene is getting in the Halloween spirit with events meant to scare the living daylights out of you. Or at least, get you nice and sweaty with some bewitching good fun.
Here are our picks for celebrating Halloween, the Be Well Philly way.
Well, I’m sore. Last night, our once-a-month fitness pop-up, the Be Well Philly Underground, headed to Body Cycle Studio near Rittenhouse for a sweat-tastic Halloween-themed spin class. If you’re all, “What?! I didn’t know Be Well Philly had an event last night!” that’s because our pop-ups are totally top secret and totally exclusive, open only to members of the Be Well Philly Underground community. That’s how we roll.