To Do: Mother’s Day Yoga Workshop in KOP

Celebrate mom a day early with this gentle and restorative yoga class on Saturday in King of Prussia. It’s not just for moms, either; men and children at least 13 years old are welcome, too. Release tension, stiffness and pain through a series of gentle stretching and deep breathing exercises. The class will end with relaxation and aromatherapy to the sounds of the ocean and healing Tibetan bells. Register by emailing or calling 610-992-0257. Learn more here.

$20, Saturday, May 12th, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., HeartCentered Wellness, 580 Shoemaker Road, King of Prussia.

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A Viewer’s Guide to the 2012 Broad Street Run

The Facts
The Broad Street Run has been held on the first Sunday of May ever since 1980, making this the 33rd year. It is the largest 10-mile race in the United States with over 30,000 runners competing this year. The race starts at Central High School Athletic Field at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue at 8:30 a.m., and finishes inside the Philadelphia Navy Yard at the end of Broad Street in South Philadelphia. The run is known for its flat, even slightly downhill course, making it a favorite for athletes trying to set new personal records. Patrick Cheruyiot holds the men’s course record at 45:14 in 2007, and Catherine Ndereba holds the women’s course record at 53:07 in 1999. This year, the awards ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

Where to Park Near the Finish Line
• Behind the stadium complex in the Citizens Bank Park lot

• FDR Park (enter from Pattison Ave.), located near the Pattison stop of the SEPTA Broad Street line

Note: The lots at the Wells Fargo Center were supposed to be made available for Broad Street runners and spectators, but due to a 76ers playoff game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, the stadium has decided to keep its lots closed to race participants. Also, this year no parking will be permitted on Pattison Avenue or inside the Navy Yard

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To Do: 5K Run and Walk in Camden

Head over the bridge for a fun race for a good cause. Proceeds from Camden’s Historic 5K Run and Walk contribute to the revitalization of the city’s Fairview neighborhood. Participants who pre-register will be guaranteed T-shirts, and refreshments will be available after the race. Medals will be given to the top finishers. Camden residents receive a $5 discount on the registration price. Register here.

$20, May 19th, 9 a.m., RPM Community Center, 2950 Yorkship Square, Camden.

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Celeb Pulse: Anne Hathaway Only Eats 500 Calories a Day

Anne Hathaway Needs to Eat More. Anne Hathaway is going to extremes to prepare for her role as Fantine, the dying, starving prostitute in Les Miserables, for the show’s film adaption. Word has it she’s dramatically cutting calories in order to lose sixteen pounds in three weeks (!!). This can’t be healthy. [US Weekly]

Miley Cyrus: The Incredible Shrinking Woman? Over the past few weeks, Miley Cyrus has been constantly photographed coming and going from the gym, and her super slim bod shows how hard she’s been working. But fans are beginning to worry that Miley has an eating disorder. What do you think? Is she too thin? Photographic evidence here. [Skinny VS Curvy]

Snooki Brags About “Skinny” Pregnancy. Jersey Shore’s Snooki says that even though she’s five months pregnant, her baby bump is barely visible—and she’s proud of it. She’s been watching her diet, eating “fruits, lots of jelly and Italian ices—nothing fattening at all.” She goes on to say that she would die if she ballooned to Jessica Simpson’s preggo size. I can see the claws coming out now. [Skinny VS Curvy]

Serena Williams Developin a Sleep Aid. Tennis star Serena Williams’ sleeping troubles inspired her to collaborate with scientists on a safe and all-natural sleeping aid called “Sleep Sheets.” The product sounds a lot like Listerine Strips, the paper-thin strip dissolves on the tongue, and natural extracts are released that help you fall and stay asleep. [FitPerez]

How Beyonce’s Getting Her Pre-Baby Body Back. Beyonce says that she lost the majority of her pregnancy weight by breast-feeding little Blue Ivy for ten weeks, but now she is on a strict protein-based diet to lose those final pounds. She also works out three times a week for 90 minutes, alternating between running, dancing and crunches. [Skinny VS Curvy]

Found: World’s Most Beautiful Woman

Just when you thought you’d seen it all in our appearance-obsessed culture (see: feeding-tube diets, Heidi Montag’s face), here’s a new story to send your head spinning: 18-year-old Florence Colgate has been deemed the most beautiful woman in Britain (and, some are saying, the world) based on—wait for it—mathematical calculations.

Colgate was discovered when she entered a Lorraine Cosmetics contest, in which women were required to be photographed completely natural—no makeup or plastic surgery. Florence stood out among thousands of entries for being so gosh-darn flawless and, well, stunningly symmetrical. Check out a picture of her here.

Researchers calculated that Florence has an almost perfectly proportioned face, based on what’s called the Golden Ratio. (I’ll direct you to Wikipedia if you want to see the equation for yourself.) Artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci have used the ratio for centuries to create beautiful, aesthetically pleasing works.

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Celeb Pulse: Scarlett Johansson Is Addicted to Buffalo Wings

Scarlett Johansson Can’t Stop Eating Buffalo Wings. After months of strict dieting and training in order to wear a skin-tight Black Widow costume in The Avengers, actress Scarlett Johansson is rewarding herself—and then some. She told a Fox reporter that she’s apparently “addicted” to Buffalo chicken wings. Attagirl. [Fox News]

Nick Cannon Documents Recovery in New Online Series. After experiencing kidney failure in January and being diagnosed with lupus nephritis, Nick Cannon decided to get serious about his health. His new online show called “NCredible Health Hustle” documents the comedian’s struggle to change his ways and regain his health, starting with … eating a banana. [Associated Press]

New Girl‘s Schmidt Gets Fit Online. Schmidt, the only character worth watching on Fox’s New Girl, stars in a workout video posted online this week that shows how a narcissistic douchebag stays fit. Because you know you were wondering. [Warming Glow]

Katie Couric Tackles Childhood Obesity. Soon-to-be talk-show host Katie Couric is working on a documentary about childhood obesity. It focuses on ten kids who’ve been keeping video diaries about their struggles with weight and peer pressure. The Big Picture is due out next year. [FitPerez]

Jersey Shore‘s Deena Reveals Weight Loss Secret. With all her partying and drinking, it’s hard to imagine Deena Cortese as a health nut. But like her newly svelte co-star Snooki, the Jersey Shore star says she’s lost several sizes with help from The Fresh Diet, a meal delivery program developed by a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef. [FitPerez]

Broad Street Training: When to Cut Out Alcohol

Newsflash, ya’ll: Running and alcohol are not good bedfellows. Which is frustrating because who doesn’t crave a nice, cold (and, um, well-deserved) beer after a run?

If you’re training for Broad Street (it’s just 11 days away! Eeeep!), you should consider laying off the hard stuff until after you cross the finish line. Turns out, alcohol can really hurt your athletic performance.

Eugene Hong, sports medicine chief and chair of the Department of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine, says that alcohol is a powerful diuretic, meaning it increases the rate of urination.

“From a training standpoint, I would be concerned about experiencing dehydration. Even a little dehydration has a measurable effect on performance,” he says.

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A Viewer’s Guide to the 2012 Penn Relays

The Schedule

• Thursday, April 26th, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Expect to see: high school girls, college women and nighttime distance races

• Friday, April 27th, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Expect to see: high school boys and girls, college men and women, and Olympic development events

• Saturday, April 28th, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Expect to see: college men and women, high school boys, Olympic development events, and USA vs. the World races.

Check out a detailed schedule here.

The Events

Here’s a little review to make sure you’re up to speed on the events: A standard sprint medley consists of one 400-meter leg, followed by two 200-meter legs, and finishes with one 800-meter leg. The four athletes complete roughly a mile altogether. A standard distance medley consists of one 1200-meter leg, a 400-meter leg, an 800-meter leg, and finishes with a 1600-meter leg. The four athletes complete roughly 2.5 miles altogether.

Among the most anticipated events are the USA vs. the World races, in which U.S. teams face other countries to see where they stand in the competition. This year in the USA vs. the World category, the women will have a sprint medley, a 4 X 100, and a 4 X 400 race. The men will have a distance medley, a 4 X 100, and a 4 X 400 race. All of the USA vs. the World races occur on Saturday, which is why tickets that day are more expensive.

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Celeb Pulse: Britney Spears Will School You in Bowling

Britney Spears Elected into International Bowling Hall of Fame. It’s hard to imagine Britney Spears in a polyester shirt and funny-looking shoes, but apparently the popstar can bowl—and she’s good at it, too. She defeated other celebrities such as rapper/singer Drake, Hulk Hogan and Christina Aguilera to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame. We didn’t know ya had it in you, Brit. [Starpulse]

Is This Victoria’s Secret Supermodel Actually Pregnant? Looks like Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio has gained the bare minimum during her pregnancy. She recently posted a picture of herself in a bikini on Facebook and she looks amazing, well, amazing—and reportedly eight months pregnant to boot. Supermodel, or superhuman? [Skinny VS Curvy]

How Brooklyn Decker Keeps Her Body Slammin’. I love it when models admit what exactly goes into their flawless figures. Supermodel/actress Brooklyn Decker reveals her fitness tips and diet in the May issue of Women’s Health. [Women’s Health]

Cameron Diaz Wants to Be a Nutrition Educator. We’ve all heard of the model-turned-actress-turned-musician, but it looks like Cameron Diaz is breaking the mold. In the May issue of InStyle Magazine, Diaz talks about her passion to help other people be healthy. [FitPerez]

Victoria Beckham Passes on Birthday Cake. What’s a birthday without cake? Apparently, Victoria Beckham’s. She celebrated her 38th birthday this week with … a fruit platter?  [FitPerez]

The Ultimate Broad Street Run Playlist

I have a confession to make: I am completely dependent on music when I run. I can lift weights, row and bike in silence just fine, but if my iPod were to freeze mid-run, we’d have an issue. I mean, I’d force myself to finish the workout or race, but I’d be miserable, and I’m 100 percent positive I wouldn’t be as fast.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll need an awesome playlist to help you get through Broad Street on May 6th. I gathered song suggestions from fellow runners and inserted a few of my own favorites to bring you (drumroll, please) the Ultimate Broad Street Playlist, 40 kick-ass songs to help you get through Broad Street—or any ol’ run—with a smile. Whether you’re celebrating how strong you feel or need a mental boost, we have a song for you!

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