4 Workout-Motivation Tricks to Guarantee You Get to the Gym This Week

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It’s that time of year again. The hopefulness and exuberance of the New Year has given way to the cold reality: Getting in shape is HARD. You have to be conscientious with your diet and dedicated to hitting the gym regularly.

Studies show that right now is when most of the people who resolved to get in shape this year will quit. They will taper off until March, when only a tiny percentage of them will have achieved their fitness goal.

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What to Eat This Week: 5 Delicious Crock-Pot Creations 

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A crock-pot is a busy person’s best friend: You can throw a few ingredients into it in the morning, go about your insanely hectic day, and come home nine hours later to a beautiful dinner that took just about zero effort. Doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

So for all the busy Be Wellers out there, this week, we’ve rounded up five creative, delicious and healthy dinners that require just about zero manpower—the crock-pot pretty much does it all for you. Bonus: Most of these recipes make upwards up six servings, so you’ll have plenty of leftovers, too. Consider your dinners and lunches covered for the week.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: A Little Bit of Everything

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I don’t know about you, but this has been one of those weeks that just Would. Not. End. I think back to something I did on Monday, and I can’t even believe it happened this week, because it feels like six months ago right now. Sigh.

So instead of pegging us to a genre or decade in this week’s playlist, I thought to myself, “Screw it. I’m going to have some genre-jumping fun.” What you’ll find here is a masterful (if I do say so myself) hodge-podge of fun, catchy, get-you-to-the-gym beats that defy the confines time and category: We’re talking Tiffany next to Robyn next to the Chili Peppers next to My Morning Jacket. If it feels a bit wacky, that’s kind of the point.

Stream your heart out below.

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Meet Clovis, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

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Photo credit: Kate M, The Monster Milers.

Up this week is Clovis who comes courtesy of the Monster Milers’ Adopt a Running Buddy program. (You can learn more about the program and check out some of their super-cute success stories here.) He is small, but no less fast, making him the perfect companion for city digs and city runs. Plus, that FACE, you guys. Learn more about him below.

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5 Ways to Have the Best Weekend Ever

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The weekend is officially upon us, friends! We can almost taste the freedom.

If you’re about to head into the days ahead without a plan of attack, allow us to offer some suggestions. See, last weekend, we posted a guide for how to use your Sunday wisely to set yourself up for a great week ahead. So while you’re fresh off the high of an awesome week, we thought we’d gin up a companion piece for your weekend. To wit: Our advice for five ways to have the best weekend ever.

We’re not talking about specific things to do. (For this weekend’s events, check out our guide here.) We’re talking about measures you can take and advice you can heed to create for yourself a few relaxing, yet productive days off. And while you don’t have to hit all these points in one fell swoop, working one or two or three of these tips into your weekend will help you maximize your off-time.

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The Checkup: How to Beat the Winter Blues Once and for All 

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• It’s almost the weekend, people! Finally! If you have a bad case of the winter blues, you’re probably looking forward to holing up in your house with Friends (the show, not to be confused with real human beings), but you might want to try doing a few of these things instead: Here, four doctor-approved tricks for beating the winter blues. [Well + Good]

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The Be Well Philly Wish List: Let’s Make Philly the Best City for Fitness in 2015

Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, summer 2014

Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, summer 2014

Over here in Be Well Philly Land, we’re pretty much always talking about what we absolutely love about Philly’s fitness-and-health-food scene (The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk! HipCityVeg!) or, on the flip side, what we feel like it’s missing. I mean, after all, it is kind of our job to talk about this stuff all day.

Today, we got to talking about what we wish we had more of (or less of, in some cases)—the kinds of things that, if we did have more of them, could be just what we need to make Philly the greatest city for fitness in the world. It’s a lofty goal, I know. But Philly was just ranked the second best shopping city in the world (puzzlingly, but still) and third on a list of the year’s best travel destinations. Who’s to say we can’t be the be-all-end-all city for fitness, too?

Below, 10 things we think would make Philly the best city for fitness in 2015. And the best part about this list? A lot of these things, like more trail-running groups and more free fitness classes, are totally in our control. So consider this our rallying cry: Let’s make it happen, people!

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6 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Chilly Cheeks 7-Miler, Hip-Hop Yoga, Free Workouts at Hotel Monaco and More

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Chilly Cheeks 7-Mile Trail Run | Photo via Ron Horn/Facebook

Starting to think about the weekend? Us, too! If you’re hoping to figure in some time working up a sweat, you’ve come to the right place. There are a handful of fun fitness activities to keep you more than occupied this weekend. Just remember: There’s a chance of snow on Friday evening and into Saturday, so be sure to keep an eye out for any last-minute cancellations or changes to the events below.

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11 Make-Ahead Lunches to Make Your Next Workweek SO Much Easier

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This past Sunday, we posted 5 Things to Do on Sunday to Prep for the Best Week Ever. In case you haven’t read it yet (tsk tsk), number three on the list is to whip up your lunches for the week ahead, so that you don’t have to worry about it during the week. And if you aren’t already doing this, you need to start, stat. Not only will you save yourself from weird hastily thrown together lunches made in a morning panic (a whole avocado and a can of cannellini beans?), you’ll save a boatload of cash if you’re eating out every day (think about it: $9 for a salad five days a week rings in at whopping $180 for the month. That’s, like, one month’s worth of cable WITH HBO, plus a delivery pizza and a six-pack of beer!).

And if you are already making your lunches ahead of time, chances are your go-to recipes have gotten a bit stale—a girl can only eat a quinoa, white bean and tofu salads so many times, am I right?

So, whether you’re new to the Sunday lunch-prep game or a veteran player, the 11 recipes below should help you out. From burrito bowl mason jar salads to nori vegetable wraps to make-ahead breakfast quesadillas (because who says you can’t have breakfast for lunch?), there’s something for everyone. Your homework: This weekend, whip up one or a few of these recipes and watch your workweek get a whole lot easier.

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