Be Well Boot Camp Preview: Which Is More Important, Cardio or Weights?

The debate surrounding cardio-training versus weight-training is a tale as old as time: Which is more important for overall health? What about weight loss? Which should go first? Will weight training turn you into a She-Hulk? Like any great debate, there’s evidence supporting both claims. Luckily, we’ve got Brian Maher, certified personal trainer and owner of Philly Personal Training, and Penn cardiologist Raymond Rodriguez scheduled to settle the score with us at this year’s Be Well Boot Camp.

In the hopes of getting you ladies pumped up (pun intended) for Boot Camp, I asked Maher to elaborate on the basics of the cardio-versus-weights battle, and to dish on which gets the worse rap. Check out the Q&A below—and be sure to register for Be Well Boot Camp while you still can!

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Be Well Boot Camp Preview: I Really, Really Want to Start Running—But Where Do I Begin?


Broad Street’s just three weeks behind us, but a lot of runners are already thinking about next year. If you caught the running bug but have no idea where to begin, not to worry: Philadelphia Runner‘s Ross Martinson will at Be Well Boot Camp on June 8th to talk about how to go from your very first run to the finish line. He’ll also be on hand at the Moss Rehab Running Clinic, where he’ll work with doctors to give you one-on-0ne pointers about your mechanics, form and more.

Peep a few of Ross’s running insights below, and make sure to catch him at the “Conquer Your First 5K: A Running Primer” talk at Be Well Boot Camp. Get all you running questions answered—finally!

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10 Pimped-Out Bike Accessories for National Bike to Work Week

For those who aren’t hip to all of the funky holidays that crop up on the calendar throughout the year, guess what? This week is National Bike to Work Week, and Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17th. Back in 1956, the Cycle Trade Association of America announced the first-ever Bike Month, with a goal of promoting bicycle sales. It’s a little different now: Today, the festivities center around encouraging safe bicycling practices and promoting cycling as a viable commuting alternative.

So, we thought, what better way to celebrate Bike Month, Bike Week, and/or Bike Day than by picking a few swaggy accessories to pimp out your two-wheel ride? After all, what better way to get you to ride your bike more than by tricking it out with fun new toys?

And so we give you: 10 Pimped-Out Bicycle Accessories. Happy biking!

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How the Media Scared the Bejeezus Out of Everyone With an Overhyped ‘Sex Superbug’

As NBC News reports, drug-resistant gonorrhea, HO41—the so-called sex superbug “confirmed” to have been found in Hawaii, and said to have traveled to California and Norway—is not the killer that the press made it out to be; in fact, HO41 has not made it beyond Japan, public officials say. Phew.

So how did the panic begin? It seems the media was quick to exploit the superbug, with the Associated Press, CNBC and the Daily Mail all reporting on the rare strain of gonorrhea and quoting a neuropathic doctor who suggested the new gonorrhea could be “a lot worse than AIDS in the short run because the bacteria is more aggressive and will affect people more quickly.” A lot worse than AIDS?! Yeah, that’s quite the juicy (read: terrifying) soundbite.

Luckily, it was not to be. As NBC News confirms, the Hawaii cases, first discovered in May 2011, were actually H11S8, a different strain, resistant to a different drug; HO41 hasn’t been detected anywhere since 2009 in Japan, where it was found in a Japanese sex worker. Say it with me: phew.

Still, public health experts ware taking the opportunity to emphasize the threat of untreated gonorrhea, the germ is “wily and easily mutable,” says the NBC report, and lately there have been “signs that the bug is starting to outsmart [cephalosporins, the current treatment for gonorrhea], too.” Now there’s a new recommended treatment and the National Coalition of STD Directors, led by William Smith, has asked Congress for $54 million to bolster the U.S. public health infrastructure that monitors, diagnoses and treats gonorrhea.

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Beard Study: Women Dig Heavy Stubble

Bradley Cooper knows stubble.

Let it be known, guys: women like it rough. Your face, I mean. Geez.

According to a new study conducted by two University of New South Wales professors, Barnaby J. Dixson and Rob C. Brooks, women prefer men with heavy stubble over clean-shaven guys, guys with light stubble or full beards. So get your beard on, but … you know… not too much. (Note: 10 days of beard growth is considered “heavy stubble” in this study.) On the other hand, heterosexual dudes, when looking at other dudes, thought that a full beard or a heavy stubble looked best.

For the study, published in the May issue of the journal Evolution & Human Behavior, researchers showed photos of 10 smiling men to 177 heterosexual men and 351 women, who were then asked to rate the men by their looks. Each man’s facial hair was shown in four ways: clean-shaven, light stubble, heavy stubble, and full beard.

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14 DIY Beauty and Household Products for an Au Naturel Summer

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
via Mind Body Green

Did you know apple cider vinegar can make your face glow? It’s apparently Scarlett Johansson’s best beauty secret, since vinegar naturally restores the skin’s pH balance. Mind Body Green has 14 other uses for the stuff, too.

Four Natural, Affordable Exfoliating Scrubs
via SheKnows

SheKnows outdoes herself with four homemade face scrub recipes: basic baking soda scrub, nourishing sugar scrub, invigorating coffee scrub, and soothing oatmeal scrub. Go get ‘em.

Homemade Body Butter
via She Wears Many Hats

Suffering from dry skin during the summer? Look no further. This stuff is also apparently good for shaving your legs (who knew?).

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12 Deliciously Low-Cal Cocktails for Cinco de Mayo

The Cadillac Rio Margarita
via Shape

A twist on the classic margarita, the Cadillac Rio incorporates one part orange liqueur to give the tequila-heavy drink just the right touch of citrus.

ACTIVATE Margarita Cocktail
via SheKnows

ACTIVATE is an enhanced vitamin beverage without the sugar, calories or preservatives. Mix this with a simple margarita-inspired cocktail recipe, and what’s the result? The fountain of youth in a glass, my friends.

The SkinnyRita
via Mrs. Maki Cooks

A classic margarita that will help keep your waistline in check, natch.

The Latina Libre
via Examiner

Inspired by the rum-laced Cuba Libre, this drink is simple, slimming and—presumably—effective. Plus, the name is pretty cool, right? Bottoms up!

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Promo Code: Phillies Offer Half-Price Tickets for Broad Streeters

Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC

How do half-price tickets to a Phillies game sound? The Phils announced via Twitter today that they’re running a special half-price deal for Broad Streeters as a show of support for Sunday’s big race. You don’t technically have to be running the race to participate; all you need is the promo code—which I’m giving you below.

All you have to do is go here, click the green “T” icon next to the games, and enter the code BSR in the field marked “password.” (Weird? Yes. But it works.) The catch is that the promo only applies to tickets that cost $38 or less, but that still gives you plenty of options, including some field-level seats along the left and right field outfields.

And note that while the website says the deal is buy-one-get-one free, you don’t have to purchase two tickets to score the discount. I tested it out and added just one $38 ticket to my cart, and it gave it to me for $16. Woo!

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Stream This: The Ultimate Broad Street Run 2013 Playlist

It’s. Finally. Here. That’s right, the largest 10-mile road race in the U.S.A. is this Sunday, and it’s right here in our backyard.

Hopefully, by now, you’ve picked out your red race-day socks, you’ve memorized BSR’s new security measures, you’ve accepted that Cecily Tynan will most definitely leave you in the dust, and you’re looking forward to running side-by-side with a few enthusiastic Bostonians. You good? Good.

Although you may think you’re 150 percent prepared to face the day, having covered all of the above plus some seriously intense training because you’re the bomb dot com, I think you’re missing something: You’re missing the soundtrack.

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