7 Reasons Beach Workouts Are the Best Workouts

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The weekend has finally arrived, friends! I’m betting a large chunk of us will be flocking to sandier sidewalks for a few days away from the city. And while you’re there, maybe, just maaaaybe, you’ll find some time to squeeze in a workout. Here are seven fun reasons why a beach workout is so worth it.

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Aha! THIS Is Why All Your Greatest Ideas Are Realized in the Shower

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Here’s a situation that might feel familiar: You spend all day at work racking your brain for a brilliant idea to present to your boss and, after a very long eight hours, your notepad is still blank. You leave the office, go home, hop in the shower and BAM: a totally genius idea pops into your head, and you think Why, oh whyyy, didn’t I think of this at work?!

Well, it turns out, you’re not actually bad at your job (phew!). According to a very interesting piece on Slate, ideas are just easier to come by when you’re doing something a little bit distracting, like washing your hair. The reason for these Aha! shower moments is something psychologists call incubation: Ideas stew in the back of our minds for a while before we actually become aware of them. And in order to properly incubate and realize the totally brilliant idea, we need some element of distraction.

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Just How Bad For You Is The Cheescake Factory, Really?

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The Cheesecake Factory is just one of those restaurants: You assume it’s bad for you, but its larger-than-life cheesecake slices are just so darn good that you’d really rather not know how bad. Ignorance is bliss, right? So if you’ve been anxiously awaiting your chance to open that dictionary-like menu at the soon-to-come Center City location, I’m sorry to bring you this heart-wrenching news: The Center for Science in the Public Interest just released their annual Xtreme Eating awards, a list of nine outrageously bad-for-you meals at chain restaurants throughout the country, and the Cheesecake Factory took three out of the nine spots.

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WHAT?!: Not Getting Enough Sleep Makes You Act Drunk

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It’s not news: Losing out on a good night’s sleep can make you feel all kinds of crazy, lazy and grumpy-toddler-ish. And according to this new video by AsapSCIENCE, not getting enough rest also makes you act drunk. Seriously! Researchers found that folks who got just six hours of sleep each night over the course of two weeks had the same reaction time as a legally drunk person. One word: yikes.

Along with making you feel like you’ve spent all morning downing mimosas, over time, lack of sleep also negatively impacts cognitive function and ups risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Obviously, none of these conditions are on anyone’s wish list, but what’s a gal to do if she just can’t stop tossing and turning? Well, we found five science-backed tricks that can be helpful in the snooze department. So read up and rest easy, friends.

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We Want to Know: What are Your Favorite Workout Songs?

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We need your input, Be Wellers! As some of you know, every Friday, we wipe our Spotify Ultimate Workout Playlist clean and load it up with a bunch of new songs that will get you through your sweat session with a smile on your face. Each week, we choose a different theme—from classic rock to rap you can run to and more—and this week, we want it to be all about you guys: Think of it as the Be Well Philly readers’ picks edition.

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Gross: Science Says You Should Quit Shaking Hands, Stat

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In today’s news of everyday activities that are totally gross: A new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, and reported today on The Week, shows that when it comes to common greetings, choosing a handshake over a fist bump increases your chance of transferring potentially disease-causing bacteria by a whopping 90 percent. (Insert face with jaw dropped here)

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What to Eat This Week: Summer Classics

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Certain foods are simply synonymous with summer: A Caprese salad made with perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes, grilled kebabs, fish tacos, burgers and, of course, gazpacho—just to name a few. And seeing as we are in the thick of summer, we figured we’d dedicate this week’s recipes to those can’t-miss seasonal favorites. Here, five healthy and creative takes on classic summer dishes. There’s no doubt you could enjoy these meals all year round, but something about them just tastes better in the summer. Happy cooking!

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