Alert, alert, Main Liners! (Coincidentally, if you need more cheap fitness options, check out our recently updated guide to $10-or-less yoga classes in the Philadelphia area.)
10 things you must know if you're tackling the 30-mile run on Saturday.
Five things Beyoncé and Jay Z need to know about going vegan.
A new Facebook page celebrates body diversity on the mat.
18 tree farms brimming with CYO options in PA and Jersey.
When a coworker sends you an infographic about urine color and you spend 15 minutes reading it, fully engrossed, well, you know you just have to share it. If you’ve ever wondered what your pee color says about your health and what “healthy” pee is supposed to look like (hint: pale, but not too pale), head over to the Cleveland Clinic’s website to get yourself informed.
And by the by, your poop is says a lot about what’s going on inside of you, too. We posted (hilariously, I might add) about that right here.
Guys, you should know something about me. For all the ranting and raving I do the rest of the year, I turn into one big sap during the holidays. It’s all the: Love! Happiness! Joy! Everywhere! All the time!
Which is why I couldn’t stop myself from squeeing out loud at a very high decibel when I read about Sip-N-Glo Juicery’s super cute idea for spreading some serious yuletide love/happiness/joy this month. It’s a pay-it-forward kind of thing that works thusly: Go to Sip-N-Glo and pre-pay for a juice or smoothie for your pal. You’ll get a juice-shaped card to write your friend’s name, your name, the gift and a note if you’d like. Then, you’ll stick the note to a bulletin board in the cafe. When you friend makes her daily pit stop for an Apple of My Eye (apple, carrot, lemon and ginger juice), she’ll find your gift and note and realize she doesn’t have to pay, and—presto!—insta holiday cheer.
Phillymag.com contributor Jen A. Miller has a fascinating long read in e-magazine The Magazine this week. It’s all about the impact of higher-than-recommended doses of caffeine on endurance athletes—specifically, marathon runners—and how downing a lot of caffeine before and during a race can yield serious consequences for your heart health, including upping your chances for a heart attack.
Exciting news, yogis. A new studio called Yoga Home is setting up shop in Conshohocken, with a rough opening date pegged for late February 2014. It will be located at 424 East Elm Street.
Yoga Home is the brainchild of former Be Well contributor and longtime Philly-area yoga instructor Maura Manzo and her business partner/fellow yogi Kerri Hanlon. ”A big point of distinction between ours and other studios is that we are creating a community space where people can grab a fresh juice, green smoothie or cup of tea and connect with other students before or after class,” says Manzo. Hence, you know, the whole “home” thing.
The studio will offer everything from vinyasa to yin to kid’s yoga, as well as meditation classes. Right now, Manzo and Hanlon are gauging interest in specific classes so they can nail down a schedule. If you’d like to weigh in, take their survey here.
Demo and construction on the space is already underway.
The “How to Fight a Baby” video, above, which went viral last week, divided parents into camps: the rough housers, and the genteel; jokesters and the humorless. You might guess where I fall: I think the video comedian Gavin McInnes shot for Vice is funny. The love he clearly feels for his baby—and his baby for him—is apparent in every frame.
But that doesn’t mean the video didn’t choke off my breath a time or two: McInnes tosses his baby through the air (and on to a set of fluffy blankets). He wraps his fingers around the baby’s neck as if to strangle (his fingers encircle, but never actually grip). Each time, it took a moment for me to register that what looked dangerous was actually quite safe. Then I laughed like hell.
Holy smokes, Saturday is going to be one busy day. In addition to the Rocky 50K Run and Shake Shack’s 40-mile bike ride, Center City’s Philadelphia Runner is organizing a toy drive and run to the Ronald McDonald House in West Philly.
Runners will meet at PR at 10 a.m. with unwrapped gifts in hand, then run 1.9 miles to the Ronald McDonald House at 40th and Chestnut, where they’ll drop off the toys. Then, they’ll around and head back to the store, where apple cider and doughnuts will be ready and waiting.
FREE, just bring an unwrapped gift, December 7th at 10 a.m., meet at Philadelphia Runner, 1601 Sansom Street, Philadelphia.
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On Tuesday, hip-hop’s favorite power couple, Queen Bey and Jay Z, announced that they will be embracing a vegan diet for the next 22 days. The hip-hop mogul described his decision to go meat and dairy-free on his blog saying, “One day before my 44th birthday, I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan…It just feels right!” And then Beyoncé Instagrammed the this photo of four meat-free dishes she’s ostensibly eaten, and, well, the Internet basically exploded.
As a pescatarian 20-something who can’t actually afford fish or cheese, like, ever, I’m pretttttty much de facto vegan. (I actually do make a conscious effort to maintain a dairy-free diet but sometimes, after a few too many margaritas, pizza just happens.) So with a little help from some vegan friends, I’m here to give my favorite famous couple some frank advice about what to expect during their 22-day experiment. Do you have any advice for Beyonce and Jay Z? Let us know in the comments.