Now Online: Philly’s Best Of Wellness and Fitness

Instructor Jessica Sullivan of Body Cycle Studio | Photograph by Adam Jones

Instructor Jessica Sullivan of Body Cycle Studio | Photograph by Adam Jones

August and September are fun ones for us here at Philly Mag. With our Best of Philly issue hitting stands in August and our Be Well Philly print issue coming out in September (more on that in a bit), it’s basically a two-month-long celebration of everything that’s awesome about living in and around Philly.

All of the Best of Philly winners and Best of Be Well Philly winners are now available for your online perusal. Best of Be Well Philly is part of the annual Be Well Philly print issue that just went out to Philly Mag subscribers. You can’t find it on newsstands, but in the next day or two, we’ll have a way for you to subscribe for free online; just give us your info and we’ll be happy to mail you a copy. (By the way, this year’s issue has more than just the Best of Be Well Philly winners. We also have the results of a massive reader poll—yes, we probed your deepest, darkest gym habits—and what we’re calling the Ultimate Philly Fitness Bucket List, featuring 25 things every fitness-obsessed Philadelphian needs to do at least once. So yeah. You’ll want to snag a copy.)

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The Tiny Running Accessory Philly Runners Need Like Whoa

Photo courtesy Runbell

Photo courtesy Runbell

Here’s how I know summer’s over: The sidewalks in Center City, which have been relatively abandoned (read: peaceful) these past few weeks, are once again jammed with pedestrians, strollers, dogs and, yes, the occasional cyclist (grrr), all of whom have returned from their vacations to their regularly scheduled 9-to-5 programs.

It’s a pity, to be sure, but especially if you’re a runner; we’re back to helter-skelter starts and stops as we dodge the throngs en route to wide open spaces like the Schuylkill River Trail (obviously, I’m being sarcastic, you guys) and the Wissahickon (no sarcasm!). If you’re used to shouting, “ON YOUR LEFT!” as you flash by or, less politely, “MOVE!” I would like you introduce you to the Runbell, a handheld get-out-of-my-way bell just for runners.

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BeWOW: The Easy-to-Follow Calorie-Torcher Workout

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There’s nothing fancy about this week’s workout. It’s straight forward, easy to follow and, most important, gets the job done.

Here’s what you’re going to do: Simply work your way through the list of exercises below, completely 10 reps of each. When you finish your reps, hit the treadmill (or track, or neighborhood sidewalk) for a 30-second sprint. Then it’s back to the top to start all over again.

You’ll repeat the circuit five times through, for a total of 50 reps of each exercises and five sprints. Get it? Good. Now get to work!

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#BWPSelfie of the Week: “I’ll Try Almost Anything Once”

Our #BWPSelfie taker of the week, Julie!

Our #BWPSelfie taker of the week, Julie!

Welcome to our new weekly feature, the #BWPSelfie of the Week! Read about why we’re celebrating selfies—and the sweaty Philadelphians who take them—below. 

Name: Julie Hancher

Day job: Co-founder/editor of Green Philly Blog and social media manager of Freedom Mortgage.

Where she snapped this: Bainbridge Island right outside of Seattle, Washington. I recently journeyed out there for long weekend with my BFF and we decided to kayak. The next day, we explored Seattle neighborhoods by bike.

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What to Eat This Week: 5 Delicious Out-of-the-Box Barbecue Dishes

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Happy Labor Day, friends! If your unofficial last weekend of summer is anything like mine, it looks something like this: Barbecues, barbecues and more barbecues. Whether you’re down the Shore or just lounging in your backyard, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll be grilling up some sweet, sweet Labor Day meals on this lovely long weekend. I mean, we’ve got to soak up all the grilling time we’ve got left, right?

But at this point, you’ve probably grown tired of hot dogs and hamburgers. So for this week’s recipes, we rounded up some delicious, and healthy grilled dishes that you probably wouldn’t find at your average Labor Day cookout—from gluten-free grilled eggs Benedict (you can’t beat breakfast for dinner, right?) to grilled eggplant parmesan, there’s a little something for everyone. Enjoy!

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Made in America Edition

Photo | Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Photo | Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

The Made in America music festival takes over the Parkway again this weekend. Mentioning the arrival of a music festival is kind of like saying, “It’s supposed to snow this weekend:” For some, the news inspires a flurry of squeals and jumping for joy, and for others, it inspires the urge to lock themselves in the safety of their homes until it’s over. But regardless of how you feel about music festivals, I’m betting you’ll enjoy this music-festival inspired playlist.

This week, we’ve loaded the workout playlist with artists that will be playing at Made in America, like Kanye West, Grimes, Pharrell and more. Plus, for your listening pleasure, we’ve sprinkled in some songs that just scream “America”—think Bruce Springsteen, Lenny Krativz and the Beach Boys. So whether you’re braving the Parkway to get your sweat on along Kelly Drive this weekend or just dancing in your crowd-free living room, these beats will keep you moving.

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