The Checkup: The Reason Your Legs Itch When You Run

• I have two friends who swear they get hives every time they run. When they told me, I pretty much thought they were crazy — but now I’m changing my tune. Turns out, runner’s leg itch is apparently pretty common, especially when you’re getting back into the swing of fitness after some time off. Here’s why it happens, and how to push through. [Women’s RunningRead more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Hop Your Way to Killer Muscles

For this week’s workout, you are going to be doing some hopping. A LOT of hopping, actually. Here’s how it’s going to work: First, grab a resistance band to use for some of the exercises as well as for the hops, and you’ll need another weight for dead lifts, too.

You’re going to have a pair of exercises to do, then a 30-second round of hops. When you do the hops, put the exercise band on the ground and use it as your mark to jump over. You’ll complete the circuit four times, starting with 20 reps of each each exercise, decreasing by five reps each round. Each round is also going to have a different variation of hop — so get ready to get your bounce on, people! Read more »

Chipotle Will Give You a Free Burrito If You Do This 

In case you are one of those strange creatures who isn’t addicted to the Internet, Chipotle, everyone’s favorite sort-of-kind-of-healthy chain, has had a slew of run-ins with E. coli and norovirus over the past few months. So naturally, people are a little bit scared to eat there. But last week, the CDC declared the E. coli outbreak over and, today, all Chipotle stores closed for a few hours for an all-staff meeting on food safety. And now, it looks like they’re hoping to get customers back in the door with free burritos.

I will shamelessly take the bait. Read more »

I Tried It: A 20-Year-Old Guy’s Very First Yoga Class

“Just relax your leg!” the doctor said with a smirk while shaking my suspended limb back and forth. “My leg is relaxed, it just refuses to bend!” I responded with a hint of frustration and embarrassment in my voice.

I was 13 years old when my pediatrician sent me to St. Christopher’s Hospital to get tested for scoliosis. This was probably my fourth visit in as many years. He was hell-bent in his belief my spine was developing a curve and every visit I feared I’d actually be diagnosed this time. Little did I know I was about to become a medical enigma for a completely different reason.

Part of the test, for reasons unknown to me, involved checking the flexibility of my hamstrings. The doctor’s assistant was the first to take on the challenge of pushing my leg to my chest. I just laid on the examination table watching this poor lady attempt to find a trace of flexibility in my leg. The assistant, after laughing with my mom about the situation – which definitely made me feel normal — left to grab the orthopedic doctor. His efforts were also wasted. After pushing and pulling my leg like a stick shift, the resistance left him stunned. While the test for scoliosis came back negative, I left St. Christopher’s scarred with the memory of the wrestling match between my legs and their staff.

Clearly, flexibility and my name have no business being in the same sentence. But as the intern for Be Well Philly, I felt it was my duty to experience yoga for myself. Plus, I love a challenge and I’m no stranger to making a fool of myself. So when my editor suggested I try a class at CorePower Yoga on Walnut Street, I accepted with enthusiasm but feared the worst. Surely enough, my fears came true. And then some. Read more »

Where to Find Free Workouts in Philly Every Day of the Week 

November Project Philadelphia at Lemon Hill | Photo via Facebook

November Project Philadelphia at Lemon Hill | Photo via Facebook

For me, sometimes a $24 workout class feels totally reasonable — usually right after pay day. Then there are days when I’m like “Okay, dear self, you can go to that $24 workout class OR you can eat something besides beans for the next week.” And if you’re better at budgeting than I am, I applaud you — but still, doesn’t everyone love a free workout every now and then? Yes. The answer is yes. So below, where to find free or pay-what-you-can workouts around Philly every day of the week. Your wallet can give us a nice big hug later. Read more »

6 Spring 5Ks Guaranteed to Win Over Even the Biggest Running Haters

Hot Chocolate 5K | Photo via Facebook

Hot Chocolate 5K | Photo via Facebook

With spring weather comes spring races, which means people will soon start blowing up your Instagram feed with sweaty selfies captioned with inspirational quotes. But if you’re like me, getting sweaty and getting likes isn’t enough reason to get up early on a Saturday. What will do the trick? Food. Or Drinks. Or basically anything besides just running. So here, six spring 5Ks that offer resistant runners more than just a few blisters and a sense of accomplishment.
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The Checkup: How to Put an End to Your Procrastination Habit — Finally!

• If you are currently reading this in order to put off the gruesome task of checking your work email after the weekend, we’ll allow it — but only because it will make you less likely to procrastinate and put things off later on. Here, nine ways kick your procrastinating ways to the curb and have the most productive week ever. [Fast Company] Read more »

Your Weekend Workout Playlist: 20 Songs to Drown Out the Super Bowl Chatter 

This weekend is all football talk, and if you, like me, do not care at all, this week’s workout playlist is designed specifically to help you drown it all out. Put some headphones in, get your sweat on, and avoid everything Super Bowl this weekend. I mean, besides the Puppy Bowl and the party guac. Because, well, duh. Read more »

Update: The Latest Community Effort to Make the Schuylkill River Trail Safer

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Back in December, after stories of cyclists and runners being harassed by teenagers on the Schuylkill River Trail began to circulate, Jon Lyons, founder of Run215 and a stakeholder on the Schuylkill River Trail Steering Committee, wrote a piece for us breaking down how, exactly, the committee, with the help of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and the city, was working to make the SRT safer.

The efforts he talked about then included increased patrol, repairs to lighting along the trail, and the improvement of mile markers and trail signage, among other pushes to make sure people feel safe using the trail. Now, after three new incidents of people being harassed on the trail were reported this week, the steering committee, along with Johnson, has added another effort, this one community-based, to the mix in order to make the trail safer for all users: Meet the Schuylkill River Trail Community Watch, a volunteer program consisting of trained members of the community who will be tasked with patrolling the trail and promoting a positive, safe environment for all users. Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: “Do Humans Need Shoulders? Because Ours Might Fall Off”

Rebecca, getting her tricep kick-back on like a boss.

Rebecca, getting her tricep kick-back on like a boss.

This Week’s Workout: Shred Your Arms in 7 Moves

The Breakdown
Total time commitment: 30 to 35 minutes
Difficulty (out of five): 3.5
Soreness factor: Do humans need shoulders? Because ours might fall off.
Overall grade (out of 5): 4.5 This was a really great workout. It was hard to stick to one set of weights, though, so we changed things up. Read more »

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