Hooray! Guided Trail Runs in West Fairmount Park Return This Spring

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

We’re trying our hardest to forget all about this long, cold, dreary winter. (Yes, yes, despite all the snow predicted for tomorrow.) So we’re thrilled when we get to post things that get us amped for springtime, sunshine and warmer weather.

Today, it’s this bit of news: The Fairmount Park Conservancy is bringing back its popular guided trail-running series this spring — the series has been on a winter hiatus since late fall — with six upcoming runs now on the roster beginning March 14th. Read more »

Poll: Would You Go Topless During Hot Yoga? (One Philly Yogi Did)

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Yesterday, Philly Mag writer Monica Weymouth asked the females of Philadelphia the question: How free do we want our nipples? More specifically, do we really want to go topless in hot yoga — sans sports bras and all — like one of her fellow female yogi classmates did this weekend?

This got me thinking: Is this something I’d secretly love to try? Do other women, too? Is topless yoga, like a topless beach — one of those good ideas in theory (no tan lines!) but we’re just too embarrassed to actually take the plunge?  Read more »

Broad Street Run Training: Philly’s Best Places to Do Long Runs

Valley Forge National Historical Park | Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Valley Forge National Historical Park | Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

If you’re training for the Broad Street Run, or another upcoming race this spring, you’re going to have a lot of long runs in your future. Problem is, if you fall into a rhythm of running the same route each and every weekend, over and over and over again, you’re going to end up getting bored. Read more »

5 Totally Weird Science-Backed Ways to Burn Calories Today (Without Exercising)

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We’re all for a good, sweaty, calorie-torching workout here in Be Well Philly Land, but some days — because freezing rain, injury, the new season of House of Cards, duh — a workout just isn’t in the cards. Trust us: We can totally relate. So to help you get the most out of your lazy days, we’ve rounded up five science-backed ways to burn calories without hitting the gym.

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6 Spring Charity Bike Rides to Have on Your Radar

Penn Medicine's Million Dollar Bike Ride

Penn Medicine’s Million Dollar Bike Ride

Last week, when we posted our guide to springtime charity runs in our area, a reader asked if we had a similar guide for charity bike rides. Well, we didn’t then — but we do now. Ask and ye shall receive, friends.

Check out these Philly-area rides — all different distances, all different locations — where you can put your pedal power to good use. Read more »

Farm Fresh: 15 Local Spring CSA Programs to Sign Up for Now

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Yes, I know winter’s not over quite yet. But believe it or not, spring is coming (really!), and CSA sign-up season is already underway.

For the uninitiated: Community-supported agriculture (a.k.a. CSA) programs are a convenient way to get your hands on straight-from-the-farm veggies and produce. You buy a “share” in a farm’s harvest and get a box of produce delivered to a pick-up location near you. The shares are filled with what is commonly referred to as “units”- similar to what you would typically buy at a grocery store—i.e. a bunch of carrots or a head of lettuce. Most programs allow you to opt for weekly or biweekly deliveries (or half- or full-share options), so you can get the right amount of produce to fit your family’s (or appetite’s) needs. CSAs typically run from early summer to mid-to-late fall.

Sounds awesome, right? If you’re dying to get involved, look no further! We’ve rounded up a handful of terrific CSAs you can join in the Philly area. Just don’t wait too long to secure a spot—space is always limited.  Read more »

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