Let’s burn off those Thanksgiving calories, shall we? This 30-minute, five-move workout, packed with high-calorie-burning moves, is guaranteed to help you shed all that stuffing, mashed potatoes, and extra piece (or pieces) of pumpkin pie. Well, at least put a dent in shedding it. And a bonus: There’s no equipment needed for this workout. So grab the family, head to the living room and get moving.
All you need to do is put 30 minutes on the clock and complete this five-move circuit as many times as you can. Happy sweating! Read more »
We’re heading full force into what typically shakes out to be the most stressful season of the year. Between all of your holiday obligations, end-of-year work deadlines, and “quality” time with relatives (See what I did there?), lots of people seem to need a vacation once the New Year finally rolls around. Read more »
Photo by Rebecca Baranowski
This week’s adoptable running dog Jake, currently waiting for his forever home at PAWS, is an energetic Lab-Terrier puppy who is just too freakin’ cute for words. So, I’ll let the pictures below do the talking. Read more »
Photo via Facebook | Body Cycle Studio
Whoa, Thanksgiving is tomorrow, people! Cue the mouthwatering visions of baked mac and cheese, turkey, and all kinds of pie. Yum. Okay, so it’s not exactly the healthiest holiday but, while we are a health blog, we support you eating an extra slice of pie and enjoying yourself — after all Gobble Day does only come once a year. And as far as keeping your bod in tip-top shape post-pig out? We’ve got you covered. Here, 10 very sweaty fitness classes happening Friday, November 27th after 10 a.m. — you know, so you can sleep off your food coma. Read more »
Philadelphia Runner Manayunk
Black Friday sales are fine and all, if you’re into camping out in the freezing cold in front of a Target and elbowing your way to the electronics section for a larger-than-life TV for half off. But what if your Black Friday spending could do more for someone else? What if you found a way to score yourself a few deals while helping out someone who really needs it at the same time? Read more »
• According to the Culinary Institute of America, there’s a right way and a wrong way to carve a Thanksgiving turkey. Here, a quick primer to improve your chopping chops before Thursday. [Mental Floss] Read more »
The dreaded hill | Photo via Facebook
If you ran the Philadelphia Marathon this past weekend, then you are familiar with the dreaded hill that takes you from Martin Luther King Drive to the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park. As Carl Ewald, the executive director of the ODDyssey Half Marathon, tells us, “Every Philly runner knows it.” And, as he points out, they mostly describe it using curse words that can’t be printed here. But as he says, “We want the running community to take ownership and pride in it instead of swearing at it.” So the ODDyssey Half Marathon, in which runners also work their way up the hill, is putting on a contest to name it. And there are perfect-for-running prizes involved! Read more »
Photo courtesy Michael Resnic/Clothes-pin
Local charity Clothes-pin was out in full force on Sunday morning, picking up the discarded clothing of some 30,000 Philadelphia Marathon runners. As we’ve written about in detail before, the group’s volunteers sweep the streets after participants leave the starting area, collect the discarded outerwear and donate it to charity.
I checked in with Clothes-pin director Michael Resnic to find out what the haul was this year. One word: impressive. Here’s the breakdown: Read more »
Float pod at Flotation Philly
I am not the kind of person who likes to get wet. I’ve said it before: Water sports are not my thing; I hate showering (but don’t worry, I still do it); and I am not the most advanced swimmer. So, what urged me to call Russ Stewart, owner of Fishtown’s Flotation Philly, and tell him that I really, really wanted to try floating — where you float in a pod or tank filled with salt water for anywhere between 45 and 90 minutes in order to relax or recover from a brutal workout (Hey, marathoners!) — is honestly beyond me. But this past Thursday, that’s exactly where I found myself — and surprisingly, I kind of loved it. But I also kind of hated it, too. Read more »
The greatest thing about polishing off a tough race, like this week’s Philadelphia Marathon, is taking a much-needed break from running afterward. But how many times does a week of no running turn into two, and then three months later you realize your trusty running shoes haven’t seen the light of day since the finish-line photo op?
As temperatures nosedive, the slippery slope of a cold-weather running hiatus gets even steeper. “Don’t take more than a two-week break,” says Grad Hospital-based running coach and Be Well Philly contributor Cory Smith. “More than that, and you’ll regress back to where you started.”
It’s time to take preventative measures. Smith shares his tricks for sticking with your running routine and actually (gasp!) enjoying cold-weather training. Read more »