The Checkup: The Expert-Backed Case for Skipping Your Workout Today (Really!)

• If you’re just re-kick-starting your commitment to your New Year’s resolution of getting fit, do know, you don’t need to hit the gym every single day. Experts recommend sticking to an every-other-day gym routine (so around three days a week) to start — and easing up on the intensity of your workouts while you’re at it — in order to see the best results. [Self]

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Philly Runners: Let’s Find Helen, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog, a Home!

Helen | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

Helen | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

Every week, we team up with local shelter-running group the Monster Milers to feature an adoptable dog who could make a great running or fitness companion. This week’s feature has been our dog of the week before … twice, actually. Helen has been with Northern Liberties’ Street Tails Animal Rescue since October 2015 — that’s almost a full 500 days! She’s been one of the Milers’ favorite running buddies since she stepped foot, er, paw into the rescue and they simply can’t understand why no one’s scooped her up. So, Philly running community, how about we make it a point to find this gal a home?

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Uh-oh: New Study Discovers Hidden Downside to Gluten-Free Diets 

If you’ve been to any grocery store recently, you know: going gluten-free is BIG right now, with reasons ranging from fear of chronic inflammation to gluten sensitivity to celiac disease. We’re not here to talk about the reasons people are ditching gluten in droves right now, though — we’re here to talk about a newly discovered unintended health consequence of doing so.

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The Weird New $5 Philly Breakfast Item to Curb Your Bagel Addiction

A sample of the new sweet potato breakfast soup at Pure Fare

A sample of the new sweet potato breakfast soup at Pure Fare

I’ve got two words for you: Breakfast soup. If you imagine some sort of wholly unappetizing brothy egg concoction when you read those words, let me assure you: That’s not what I’m talking about here. But I do understand why your mind would go there — that’s exactly where my mind went when Kriti Sehgal, owner of the fast-casual spot Pure Fare, told me they’d added breakfast soup, along with a number of other new breakfast items, to the menu at their Rittenhouse location at 119 South 21st Street.

Breakfast soup does NOT sound appetizing to me. And this is why I was so surprised at how darn delicious and delightful their take on it is.

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The Checkup: Why Everyone Is Suddenly Obsessed With Pooping Stools

• Over the holidays, New York magazine suggested their readers give the gift of the Squatty Potty — a stool that puts you into a squat-like position on the toilet, helping to, um, move things along. They were being entirely serious, because apparently, this thing is so great it negates any poop-related embarrassment that would occur upon opening. After reading their endorsement, I’ve heard people wax poetic about pooping stools on podcasts and all across the internet, including in this essay, where a woman who’s had yearlong problems in the bathroom praises the powers of the pooping stool. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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Do You Shower Right Before Bed?

Last week, we alerted you all to the fact that, despite the cozy feels a hot shower or bath may give you, you actually shouldn’t take a hot shower or bath right before you go to bed. (You can read all about why here.) The post went, in a word, bananas. And I was kind of surprised by this, thinking that most folks preferred to shower in the morning, mostly to jolt themselves awake and avoid getting shampoo residue all over their pillow at night.

Guess I was wrong.

Comments on Facebook and on the post itself ran the gamut, going from “I’ve been doing this for years — I knew something was up!” to “I’ve been doing this for years — YOU’RE WRONG.” (I’m paraphrasing here.) And now, since people are clearly very passionate about their showers — and their shower times — I’m curious to know, when do you shower? In the morning? When you get home from the gym, a few hours before bed (this would, scientifically, be ideal for nighttime shower-takers)? Right before you hop into bed? Satisfy our nosiness in the poll below.

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6 Simple Ways to Save Money on Group Workouts in Philly

City Fit Girls on a group run  in Philly | Photo courtesy Kiera Smalls

City Fit Girls on a group run in Philly | Photo courtesy Kiera Smalls

The excuse for not working out often looks the excuse for not eating well: “It’s just so expensive!” But let’s face facts: Yes, group workouts can be expensive (after all, a SoulCycle or Solidcore class will run you around the cost of three Sweetgreen salads — with avocado!). But while boutique group fitness classes certainly have their perks — candlelight! A workout more intense than one you’d ever get on your own! Fancy orange water to rehydrate with! — getting moving with other fitness enthusiasts doesn’t need to be a pricey activity. And we’ve got proof.

Below, six simple tips to help you stay on top of your group-fitness game in Philly without crying every time you look at your bank statement, so that when you do treat yourself to a killer SoulCycle class (they’re opening in Center City very soon, after all), you feel nothing but great about it.

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The Checkup: Ah-ha! This Is the Best Day to Find Markdowns at Whole Foods 

• Interesting! Whole Foods food editor Molly Siegler spilled some insider sale intel to the folks over at POPSUGAR, and turns out Wednesdays — the day when Whole Foods’ sale cycle turns over — is the best day to shop the aisles for markdowns, with the chance of finding twice as many sales at once. Say whaaat? [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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Watch Out, Sweetgreen: Another Salad Chain Is Coming to Rittenhouse

Just Salad | Photo via Facebook

Just Salad | Photo via Facebook

Our friends over on BizPhilly just clued us in on the news that Knit Wit, the much-loved boutique at 1729 Chestnut Street, has lost its lease (don’t worry, they plan to open another location soon. And yes, there is a lost-our-lease sale happening). What’s replacing them, you ask? That would be Just Salad, a salad chain based in New York City.

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