The Checkup: How Doing Too Much Of This Is Actually Backfiring On You

• Creativity is a highly appreciated skill, both in the workplace (hello, pitching ideas to your boss) and in social situations (hello, not coming off as a totally eye-roll-worthy guy in your Tinder profile). Which is why, if you’re looking to be creative, you should stop thinking so much all the freakin’ time — really. A new study found that people who had serious mental load (read: too much to think about) were way less creative than those who didn’t. So de-clutter your minds and quit thinking so much, people!  [Fast Company]

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Shred Your Entire Body With One Dumbbell

This workout will challenge your entire body using only one free weight. Pretty cool, right? And you don’t even need very much space to bust this workout out, so you’re officially running out of excuses not to do it.

So, your instructions: All you need to do is complete 12 reps of the six exercises listed below for a total of five rounds. So grab a weight that is challenging for all of the exercises and get sweating, folks!

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Rooftop Yoga Is Back at South Philly’s Bok — With Expanded Schedule! 

Photo by Abby Mayer

Photo by Abby Mayer

If you never got around to getting your downward dog on at the rooftop of South Philly’s Bok building, formerly Bok Technical High School, last summer, you can wipe away your tears now. Katie Gould, the yoga teacher behind last year’s awesome rooftop classes at Bok, just let us know the rooftop classes will officially be making a comeback this Sunday, July 31st. AND they’ve added weeknight classes to the schedule, too!

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Run215 Challenges You to Conquer Worst Fears (Example: Run With Your Ex) With Runner’s Bingo

Question: Would you ever, in a million years, willingly run two miles with your ex boyfriend or girlfriend? I’m going to have to go with a solid absolutely NOT on that one, but I’m betting some folks — you know, the people with serious competitive streaks out there — will be doing just that over the next few weeks. Why? Run215’s Bingo Challenge, that’s why.

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The Checkup: The Case for Running Without Music — Really!

• I rely on music to get me through a run as much as the next person. On the 10th mile of a half marathon, I undoubtably need an almost-annoying upbeat Calvin Harris tune to get me through. And while music is great to push you over the finish line, not all runs are half marathons where you’re trying to PR. Some runs are just for you — to let your mind wander. And maybe, just maybe, you should give it ample opportunity to do just that, per the suggestion of Outside’s Martin Fritz Huber. [Outside OnlineRead more »

Field Guide: 5 Best Workouts at the Jersey Shore

Best workouts at the Jersey Shore.

Photo by Istockphoto.

If you’ve spent most of your summer glued to your beach chair, it’s probably time you got a quality sweat session in. After all, you’ve got to counteract a summer’s worth of beachside beermosas somehow. To point you in the right calorie-burning direction, we got five Philly fitness pros to dish on their favorite Shore workouts, from killer yoga classes to beach boot camps. Take your pick, soon-to-be-reformed beach bums. Read more »

Meet Helen, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

helen lead2You may remember this week’s adoptable running dog, Helen. We featured this cute pup back in November. And yep: She’s STILL at Street Tails, eight months later. (Insert all the tear emojis here.) This gal, who happens to be deaf, is all about running, hiking and road-tripping. So if you are an adventurer who needs a escape mate, you can learn more about her below.

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The Fan Hack to Help You Survive the Heat Waves of Summer

It is going to be hot this weekend. Like, really hot. And, while sweating does have its perks, it’s not something I’m interested in doing all weekend long. But I also don’t want to spend boatloads of money on my electric bill from blasting my air conditioner. If you feel the same way, I have a question to ask you: Do you know what direction your ceiling fan is set to turn —  clockwise or counterclockwise? Don’t worry, I didn’t think that was a question I ever needed to ask myself either, until this morning.
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The Checkup: One Major Reason to Choose Hot Coffee Over Iced Coffee

• As someone who’s been drinking coffee since I was old enough to ride the school bus, having a cup of joe in the morning isn’t just an option; it’s a serious must. And when I’m running out the door, tight on time, I will scoop up a cup from the closest shop, and if it’s hot out, you better believe I am going for an iced coffee. But it looks like, if caffeine is my goal (and it is), this choice is one that could cost me in the pick-me-up department. The way iced coffee is brewed could mean less caffeine. NOOOOOO. [Science of Us] Read more »

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