Yoga and Wine at Valley Green Inn with Pop Up Yoga Philly

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The folks over at Pop Up Yoga Philly are on a roll, people. The same gals who put together the $10 class at the Porch at 30th Street Station just announced a brand-new event: a 60-minute Vinyasa class followed by a wine happy hour at the pavilion at Valley Green Inn. Can you think of a better way to unwind after a long workweek? Because I totally can’t. Read more »

Best of Philly 2014 Preview: Health and Fitness

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Best Gym: Haverford YMCA

This isn’t your grandma’s YMCA. The gorgeous 75,000-square-foot Haverford Y, on the old Swell Bubble Gum Factory campus, includes three indoor swimming pools (hello, water slides), an indoor track, palatial cardio and weight-training facilities, and more than 100 fitness classes a week. No wonder that in less than a year, it’s attracted 21,000 members and counting. 891 North Eagle Road, Havertown, 610-649-0700.

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What to Eat This Week: Summer Classics

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Certain foods are simply synonymous with summer: A Caprese salad made with perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes, grilled kebabs, fish tacos, burgers and, of course, gazpacho—just to name a few. And seeing as we are in the thick of summer, we figured we’d dedicate this week’s recipes to those can’t-miss seasonal favorites. Here, five healthy and creative takes on classic summer dishes. There’s no doubt you could enjoy these meals all year round, but something about them just tastes better in the summer. Happy cooking!

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Ploome’s Favorite Super-Sexy Workout Songs

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Ploome/Christina Stoltz

Our second guest curator steps up to the bat—or, well, Spotify account—for our latest weekend workout playlist: Christina Stoltz, owner of Northern Liberties Pilates studio Ploome.

If you’ve ever taken a class with Christina (at one of the past two Be Well Philly Boot Camps, perhaps?), you know that her workouts are almost feel like a party; they’re high-energy, dance-like-nobody’s-watching, raucous good fun. So it comes as no surprise that her workout playlist is just the same.

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5 Best Running Routes at the Jersey Shore (With Maps!)

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Not everyone R&R-ing it at the beach wants to sit around all day. If you’re antsy to move—and log some serious mileage—check out these expert-approved running routes in towns up and down the Jersey Shore, courtesy of NJShoreRun.com’s Steve Antczak, Cape May runner and triathlete Michael Mader, and Good Day for a Run’s Ken Culbertson, who organizes races throughout South Jersey.

Check out the routes below, and click the links to see maps.

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Marc Vetri Thinks Many Gluten-Intolerant People Are “Grossly Ill-Informed”

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Marc Vetri

Philly chef Marc Vetri posted a nearly 1,400-word rant on the Huffington Post yesterday about his growing intolerance of gluten intolerance. He describes a diner who identifies herself as gluten-intolerant and who declines to eat his restaurant’s risotto, even after Vetri explains that it is made with rice and is therefore gluten-free.

His words:

I still couldn’t get over the fact she really believed there was gluten in risotto. Or for that matter, that people consider wheat to be so bad for us. To me it’s simply a lack of understanding about what wheat is, and what it is processed into. This diner most likely wasn’t gluten intolerant at all. She’s simply mesmerized by the latest fad that is consuming the nation–but it’s a fad based on misrepresentation.

I would like to offer another meaning for G.I: Grossly Ill-informed.

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A Maintenance-Free Bike—and 8 Other Health and Fitness Kickstarters to Know About Now

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Priority Bicycle on Kickstarter

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. The beauty of websites like Kickstarter is that things are invented (and funded) by people, for people. And trust me, these ingenious ideas are taking health and fitness to a whole new level. Plus, all of these Kickstarters are still funding, so if you see one you really like, you can contribute to the cause.

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