Aha! THIS Is Why All Your Greatest Ideas Are Realized in the Shower

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Here’s a situation that might feel familiar: You spend all day at work racking your brain for a brilliant idea to present to your boss and, after a very long eight hours, your notepad is still blank. You leave the office, go home, hop in the shower and BAM: a totally genius idea pops into your head, and you think Why, oh whyyy, didn’t I think of this at work?!

Well, it turns out, you’re not actually bad at your job (phew!). According to a very interesting piece on Slate, ideas are just easier to come by when you’re doing something a little bit distracting, like washing your hair. The reason for these Aha! shower moments is something psychologists call incubation: Ideas stew in the back of our minds for a while before we actually become aware of them. And in order to properly incubate and realize the totally brilliant idea, we need some element of distraction.

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Sign This: Petition Asking Michael Nutter to Create Philly Run to Work Day

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There are a lot of reasons why I love my job, and this is one of them: Last week, I got into a pretty fun Twitter convo with Run 215 founder (and stellar #BWPSelfie taker) Jon Lyons about his dare-to-dream idea of creating a Run to Work Day in Philly, similar to Bike to Work Day.

“Sounds like a worthy Change.org petition to me,” I said. And so it began.

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Bryn Mawr Running Company to Launch Beginners’ Running Group This Fall

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For all you Main Liners looking to get into running, Bryn Mawr Running Company is launching a running group geared toward beginners this fall. The seven-week training program, led by BMRC manager Kim Walsh, will include two group runs a week along the Radnor Trail. At the end of the seven weeks, you’ll be able to show off your hard work and progress by running the Amazing Race 5K on October 25th.

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Just How Bad For You Is The Cheescake Factory, Really?

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The Cheesecake Factory is just one of those restaurants: You assume it’s bad for you, but its larger-than-life cheesecake slices are just so darn good that you’d really rather not know how bad. Ignorance is bliss, right? So if you’ve been anxiously awaiting your chance to open that dictionary-like menu at the soon-to-come Center City location, I’m sorry to bring you this heart-wrenching news: The Center for Science in the Public Interest just released their annual Xtreme Eating awards, a list of nine outrageously bad-for-you meals at chain restaurants throughout the country, and the Cheesecake Factory took three out of the nine spots.

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WHAT?!: Not Getting Enough Sleep Makes You Act Drunk

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It’s not news: Losing out on a good night’s sleep can make you feel all kinds of crazy, lazy and grumpy-toddler-ish. And according to this new video by AsapSCIENCE, not getting enough rest also makes you act drunk. Seriously! Researchers found that folks who got just six hours of sleep each night over the course of two weeks had the same reaction time as a legally drunk person. One word: yikes.

Along with making you feel like you’ve spent all morning downing mimosas, over time, lack of sleep also negatively impacts cognitive function and ups risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Obviously, none of these conditions are on anyone’s wish list, but what’s a gal to do if she just can’t stop tossing and turning? Well, we found five science-backed tricks that can be helpful in the snooze department. So read up and rest easy, friends.

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The Most Mouthwatering Chilled Soups at Philly Restaurants Right Now

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If you think that the best summer foods are ones that come straight off the grill, you’re missing out. Gazpachos and chilled soups are every bit as classic as charred-up burgers—and healthier, too. And we’re not just talking about your everyday tomato gazpacho. A bunch of restaurants in the region offer super-creative takes on the chilly favorite. They’re chock-full of yummy summer veggies and fun ingredients, like zucchini blossoms and long hots, that are sure to please even the most devout backyard griller.

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Want to Live Longer? Run Slowly for Less Than 10 Minutes a Day, Study Says

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It doesn’t take much, in terms of exercise, to see a big pay-off for your health and longevity, according to a new study. A research paper just published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology says that running for just five to 10 minutes a day, at even a slow pace, could reduce your risk of early death from all causes, and specifically cardiovascular disease.

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Free Yoga in Ocean City with Lululemon and Frey Boutique

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Looking to make your Shore vacay even better? Head to Ocean City on Saturday, August 9th, for Yoga and Fashion Fusion, a collaborative effort between Frey Boutique, which just opened an OC location, and Lululemon Wayne. At 9 a.m., there will be a complimentary morning yoga class inside Frey, taught by instructor Cailin Callahan. After an hour of relaxing yoga, you can enjoy refreshments and shop to your heart’s content; both Frey’s collections and featured Lululemon pieces will be on hand.

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