Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Battle of the Boy Bands

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In case you haven’t heard the heartbreaking news: This week, boy band One Direction lost member Zayn Malik to life as “a normal 22-year-old.” One Directioners round the world cried themselves to sleep, just about every news outlet on planet Earth covered the departure, and — I kid you not — more than one of my adult friends posted some sort of social media status about Malik’s decision alongside a crying-face emoji. All this made me think to myself, Man, people REALLY love their boy bands.

So for this week’s workout playlist, we bring you a battle of just that: Boy bands — from the Backstreet Boys to B2K to the Jackson 5 to, of course, One Direction. Battling for? Your heart. Duh.  Read more »

Born to Run Author Christopher McDougall Leading Philly Run to Promote New Book

Christopher McDougall | Photo via Facebook

Christopher McDougall | Photo via Facebook

Here’s your chance to pound the pavement with the guy who literally wrote the book on running: Christopher McDougall, bestselling author of Born to Run, is coming to Philly on Thursday, April 23rd for a fun run followed by a shindig at the Penn Museum to celebrate his new book, Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance.
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The Fitness Classes Beyoncé Will Love If She Moves to Philly

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There’s a rumor floating around that Beyoncé and Jay Z purchased a nearly $20 million condo at 500 Walnut Street. Key word here is rumor — but I’m going to go ahead and keep my hopes up.

When I heard said rumor, the first thing I thought was, “OMG, when she gets here, I am going to FIND her.” Total stalker? Without a doubt. But it got me thinking about where one might just so happen to stumble into Queen Bey if/when she moves to town. Here are the six fitness classes in Philly I think she’d like best.

Keep in mind, this is IF Beyoncé ever decides to leave the $17.6 million penthouse mansion — with a 50-foot indoor pool and spa! — she supposedly purchased in Old City. Which is not very likely. Because, why would you ever leave?  Read more »

Wegmans Recalls Frozen Spinach Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

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Well, this really puts a damper on National Spinach Day (it’s tomorrow, people!): Wegmans, grocery store and sample heaven, has recalled a whopping 12,540 packages of frozen spinach, sold in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts between January 27th and March 21st, due to possible Listeria contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports.  Read more »

Why We Should All Be Taking Cold Showers

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I always thought taking a cold shower was kind of like putting on a fur coat to take your dog for a walk in the middle of August: weird, incredibly uncomfortable, and beneficial to no one — until today.

Today, I came across a piece on Fast Company, headlined “The Scientific Case for Cold Showers,” which dispelled my misconceptions about, well, cold showers. I thought, So there’s actually a reason to take cold showers? People who willingly step under a faucet spewing ice-cold water first thing in the morning aren’t simply insane? How intriguing. 

The piece is a first-person account of a guy’s struggle to become a cold-shower convert in order to reap the benefits, touted in scientific studies: increased energy, soothed sore muscles, improvements in memory, and even a treatment for depression.

The bone-chilling (har har) fear of taking a cold shower keeps the author from diving in for a while, but eventually he gets up the nerve up to turn down the heat (he actually starts off warm then gradually lowers the water temperature until it’s cold), and it’s official: After one cold shower, he’s a cold-shower convert! He says cold showers make him feel more energetic, alert and happy. I was convinced he was lying, because how on Earth could a cold shower make someone happy? But then I scrolled down to the comments section.  Read more »

Be Well Philly Underground Recap: The Growler Run

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Photo by Susan Nam

You know what I love about Philly runners? A little cold doesn’t scare ‘em. Case in point: Yesterday evening, a bunch of Be Well Philly Undergrounders showed up at Rittenhouse Square for our March pop-up event, The Growler Run, a group fun run to 2nd Story Brewing Company in Old City cohosted with our pals at Foobooz. And was it the kind of cold most people avoid at all costs (even though it’s supposed to be spring)? Yes. But did that scare off anyone? Nope. Read more »

New Yoga Studio and Boutique Coming to East Passyunk

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Photo via Instagram | @kingsnakejewelry

Get ready to let out a long “awwwww”: Massage therapist and yoga instructor Daniel Cordua, who teaches at studios all around the city, and his girlfriend, designer and jewelry maker Rachel Robles, are weaving their passions together to open Palo Santo Wellness Boutique, a yoga studio-meets wellness center-meets boutique mashup. And this is where the “awwwww” part comes in: The space, located at 1707 East Passyunk Avenue, is right across the street from the restaurant where the couple had their very first date. See? Awwwww. Read more »

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