The Be Well Philly Wish List: Let’s Make Philly the Best City for Fitness in 2015

Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, summer 2014

Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, summer 2014

Over here in Be Well Philly Land, we’re pretty much always talking about what we absolutely love about Philly’s fitness-and-health-food scene (The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk! HipCityVeg!) or, on the flip side, what we feel like it’s missing. I mean, after all, it is kind of our job to talk about this stuff all day.

Today, we got to talking about what we wish we had more of (or less of, in some cases)—the kinds of things that, if we did have more of them, could be just what we need to make Philly the greatest city for fitness in the world. It’s a lofty goal, I know. But Philly was just ranked the second best shopping city in the world (puzzlingly, but still) and third on a list of the year’s best travel destinations. Who’s to say we can’t be the be-all-end-all city for fitness, too?

Below, 10 things we think would make Philly the best city for fitness in 2015. And the best part about this list? A lot of these things, like more trail-running groups and more free fitness classes, are totally in our control. So consider this our rallying cry: Let’s make it happen, people!

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11 Make-Ahead Lunches to Make Your Next Workweek SO Much Easier

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This past Sunday, we posted 5 Things to Do on Sunday to Prep for the Best Week Ever. In case you haven’t read it yet (tsk tsk), number three on the list is to whip up your lunches for the week ahead, so that you don’t have to worry about it during the week. And if you aren’t already doing this, you need to start, stat. Not only will you save yourself from weird hastily thrown together lunches made in a morning panic (a whole avocado and a can of cannellini beans?), you’ll save a boatload of cash if you’re eating out every day (think about it: $9 for a salad five days a week rings in at whopping $180 for the month. That’s, like, one month’s worth of cable WITH HBO, plus a delivery pizza and a six-pack of beer!).

And if you are already making your lunches ahead of time, chances are your go-to recipes have gotten a bit stale—a girl can only eat a quinoa, white bean and tofu salads so many times, am I right?

So, whether you’re new to the Sunday lunch-prep game or a veteran player, the 11 recipes below should help you out. From burrito bowl mason jar salads to nori vegetable wraps to make-ahead breakfast quesadillas (because who says you can’t have breakfast for lunch?), there’s something for everyone. Your homework: This weekend, whip up one or a few of these recipes and watch your workweek get a whole lot easier.

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RSVP Now for Shake Shack’s 2nd Annual Winter Duathlon 

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Shake Shack’s 2nd Annual Winter Duathlon, hosted by the folks of Shack Track and Field, is headed our way February 18th, and you are going to want to reserve your spot right this second—trust us.

According to Shack Track and Field’s Facebook page, the event kicks off at 7:45 p.m. with a free Flywheel class in Center City. After getting your spin on, you’ll take a two-mile run to the University City Shack, where you’ll get your grub on—because hellooo, after all that spinning and running, you totally deserve some cheese fries. Oh, and did I mention your first drink is on them? I told you you were going to want to RSVP, stat.

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Can We Please (Please!) Stop Talking About Body Types Like They Are Trends?

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Last week, there was a pretty fascinating piece on Greatist that delved into the history of the “perfect female body,” and how much—and often—society’s perception of what that means has changed throughout the past century—from the curvy Gibson Girl in 1910 to the Twig in 1960 to the Booty Babe (their words, not mine) now.

My reaction to the piece, which showcased 10 decades of “trendy” female bodies bouncing from stick thin, á la Winona Ryder, to break-the-internet hourglass figures á la Kim Kardashian, was this: The “perfect female body” is bullshit—and when, oh when, are we going to stop talking about body types like they are trends?

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Calling All Yogis: Dates for Free Yoga at Race Street Pier Announced

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For all the people out there who spend most of winter sitting in front of sun lamps and dreaming of days that don’t require two layers of gloves, we’ve got some good news: It won’t be freezing cold forever. You want proof, you say? Here you go: The dates for free outdoor yoga at Race Street Pier have been announced. Meaning, in just a few months, we’ll all be getting our Savasana on outside in the warmth of spring. Only a few more months, people.

The free classes, run, as always, by Malik Wilson of Dhyana yoga, will kick off on Saturday, April 11th. And this year, they’re giving us all even more chances to get our downward dog on for free. They’ve got a whopping 11 classes on the roster each week—up from six classes last year. How awesome is that?

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No Matter How Much You Exercise, This Is Still Killing You, Science Says

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As I type this, after sitting for nearly four consecutive hours in my desk chair, I’m thinking: I should really start hoarding discarded boxes I find lying around the office and build my own makeshift standing desk. Why? Because according to a new report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, if you spend the majority of your day sitting, the chances that you’ll develop health problems, like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, skyrocket—even if you work out regularly.

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