Be Well Boot Camp Preview: How Can I Boost My Sex Drive Naturally?

Food and sex—they’re our two favorite things (am I right?), and Reina Marino, an MD and integrative-lifestyle-medicine expert, is bringing them together for a workshop at Be Well Boot Camp. It’s all about how to boost your sex drive naturally—through diet, exercise, et al. But since it’s sometimes a tad embarrassing to ask the nitty gritty questions about sex, we talked to Reina to get the ball rolling and find out how to avoid between-the-sheets awkwardness and boost your sex life naturally.

Check out the Q&A below, and get your tickets for Be Well Boot Camp to hear more from Reina and other experts! She’s part of our “Food and Sex” panel at noon.

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To Do: Walk the Wall Fundraiser in Manayunk

Cyclists cringe at the thought of climbing the infamous Manayunk Wall, a 17-percent-grade hill right in the middle of Manayunk and long the most grueling part of the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship (now the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic). But that dang hill isn’t just a challenge for cyclists. Next month, a group of people will walk up the infamous incline for the Walk the Wall fundraiser—and you’re invited to join them.

The event raises funds for organizations in the Roxborough and Manayunk area, specifically Journey’s Way, the Manayunk Roxborough Food Co-Op Initiative, North Light Community Center and the Roxborough YMCA. All participants will receive a snack, beverage, “Walk the Wall” button, and their choice of a “Walk the Wall” water bottle or backpack. (We love us some good swag.) Find out more and register here.

$15, June 1st anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., The Manayunk Wall, base of Levering Street at Cresson, Manayunk.

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To Do: Run or Dye 5K

I was pretty much heartbroken last month when I went to sign up for The Color Run in Philly only to find out that tickets sold out at lighting speed. I imagine that a lot of you Be Wellers are facing the same issue so I’m here to present you with an alternative: The Run or Dye 5K!

Much like other color races, Run or Dye blasts runners with safe, eco-friendly, powdered dye through out the 5K. Once finished, a huge color bash is held—you know, just in case you didn’t get completely covered from head to toe during the race. The coolest thing about this race? It takes place at Citizens Bank Park! Find out more and register here. And for a list of 30 other fun races coming up this summer, go here.

$45 for individuals, $40 per person for teams (4 or more), June 15th at 9 and 11 a.m.,  Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia.

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How to Plant a Vegetable Garden: A Guide for the Green-Thumb Impaired

Fact #1: there’s nothing better than enjoying freshly grown produce from your backyard on a relaxing summer night. Fact #2: achieving a garden that yields anything resembling edible produce is harder than it looks. I should know—I have the world’s least green thumb. Even still, year after year I find myself investing in the latest gardening gear, promising myself that this time it’s going to be a success. (Sigh. It never is.)

That’s why this year I decided to take things up a notch by reaching out to a local expert to get some professional tips. I talked to Sally McCabe from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to get real answers to all the nitty gritty questions of vegetable gardening. Check out what she has to say below, and mark my words, Be Wellers, 2013 will be the year of my first flourishing vegetable garden.

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To Do: Zombie Race Mud Run and Obstacle Course

It’s official: zombies are taking over the Philadelphia area. And not in your typical apocalyptic fashion—these zombies are looking to run.

Following suit of The Zombie Run and The Walking Dead Escape, The Zombie Race will be gracing our on May 19th. The unique thing about this race? It’s more of a zombie race-mud run hybrid, filled with super fun (and challenging) obstacles like balance beams, monkey bars and, of course, the military mud pit. The race site even has camping amenities for those looking for a zombie-filled weekend. Runners have the option of completing 5K or 15K courses. Find out more and register here.

Zombie price starts at $30, 5K runner starts at $75, 15K runner starts at $95. Race day is May 19th; 5K run leaves in waves starting every half hour beginning at 9:30 a.m., the 15K starts at 1 p.m., 3143 York Road, Furlong.

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Be Well Boot Camp Preview: How Can I Keep My Energy Up All Day Long?

Being a struggling coffee addict, I’ve been searching for a way to naturally energize for years. So imagine my excitement when I found out that dietician Krista Yoder Latortue was scheduled to appear at this year’s Be Well Boot Camp to talk about tips for keeping energy levels sky high all day long. To give you a little sneak peak, I chatted with Krista about some of her favorite tricks for turbo boosting energy.

Check out her tips below, then join Krista and other amazing experts at the “Have More Energy” panel at  10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Boot Camp. See you on June 8th!

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To Do: Bootylicious Beyonce Hip-Hop Class at Philly Dance Fitness

After Beyoncé’s off-the-chain Super Bowl performance in February, Philly Dance Fitness posted a question on its Facebook page, asking if anyone would be interested in learning to booty shake and chest pump like Queen Bey herself. And, well, obviously they did.

Based on the overwhelming response to the post, PDF is delivering a Bootylicious Beyonce Hip-Hop Workshop on May 18th. Instructor-trio Angela, Maya and Deborah will be replicating the moves from Destiny Child’s and B’s biggest hits for you to learn. The girls promise to teach the choreography to chart-topping songs like “Baby Boy,” “Dance for Me,” and, of course, “Single Ladies.” Find out more and register here.

$15 until May 11th, $20 after; the workshop is May 18th from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Arts Parlor, 1170 South Broad Street, Philadelphia.

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To Do: Free Yoga Classes at Yoga on the Ridge

Roxborough’s Yoga on The Ridge turns five years old this month, and to celebrate, they’re offering a day of free yoga!

You can choose from three gratis classes on May 11th. An advanced core strength Vinyasa will start off the day at 9 a.m., followed by a basics class for beginners at 10:30. To finish off the day, YOTR will bring everyone together for a “yoga for stress relief” class at noon. No registration is required—all you need to do is show up and roll out your mat! Find out more information here.

FREE, May 11th at 9 a.m., Yoga on The Ridge, 493 Domino Lane, Philadelphia.

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31 Fun Summer Races Near Philly Where You’ll Do More than Just Run

Part rave, part 5K, the Electric Run is hardly your typical race.

Fitness and fads pretty much go hand in hand, am I right? There’s always a hot new class everyone’s obsessed with (see: hot yoga, barre, et al) and gear you just have. to. have.

If I were a betting woman (which I am, duh), I would wager that summer 2013 will be the season of The Race that Doesn’t Feel Like a Race. Seriously, gone are the days of a couple laps around a track followed by a granola bar and free t-shirt. These days, a 5K is more likely to include some zombies, a mud pit, and clouds of colored cornstarch. And let me just say: This is one fitness fad I can get on board with.

Because I’m all for running races that are more than just, er, running, I’ve rounded up some of the most unique, most outrageously fun runs that are on tap for Philly this summer. Consider this the Ultimate Guide to Races for People Who Don’t Just Want to Run. Or something.

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