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.

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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 »

The Best Grab-and-Go Snack Bars, According to Philly Nutrition Pros

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A couple weeks ago, a survey of nutritionists let us in on the secret that many foods Americans typically think of “healthy” may not actually be that great for us. Since then, that same New York Times article has been popping up all over my Facebook and Twitter feeds, sparking a lot of healthy (har, har) conversation. One of the biggest stand-outs from the survey was this: While 71 percent of Americans think of granola bars as “healthy,” only 28 percent of nutritionists say the same.

As an almost daily granola-bar-eater myself, this difference grabbed my attention right away. I know I’m not the only one who makes a beeline for the granola-bar aisle at the nearest Wawa or Whole Foods when I’m out and about and get a little hangry. Super convenient? We think yes. But these little bars of deliciousness can be jam-packed with added sugars and other artificial ingredients not even the smartest of scientists can pronounce.

So to save you from choosing the wrong grab-and-go bar next time you’re in a pinch, we got the low-down on the bars that Philly nutrition pros reach for when they get hangry. Check them out below. (And note: They range from granola bars to date bars to chia-seed bars, so there’s a little something for every type of hangry person.)  Read more »

8 Ways to Instantly Make a Glass of Non-Dairy Milk Drool-Worthy

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks (and if you have been, I don’t blame you: it’s hot as hell out there and you gotta find shade where you can), you’ve probably seen talk about Golden Milk. Of course, with a name as regal as that, I couldn’t stop myself from clicking on a blog post talking about it. Upon doing just that, I found that this drink is more yellow than gold, really, (but who wants to drink something called “yellow milk,” am I right?) and gets its striking color from turmeric and ginger.

Golden Milk is touted as having a slew of benefits such as aiding digestion, fighting colds, encouraging weight loss, and fighting sore muscles and, usually, it’s crafted with coconut or almond milk. This got me thinking about what other delicious (and maybe health-benefiting) non-dairy milk concoctions I was missing out on. After doing some digging around the World Wide Web, I found many ways to step up my non-dairy-milk game. From a recipe for the notorious Golden Milk, to a recipe for a healthier strawberry milk, here are eight recipes to instantly upgrade a glass of non-dairy milk.  Read more »

One Big Lesson We Should All Learn From Pokémon Go

Photo by Brian Thomas

Photo by Brian Thomas

Pokémon Go is to the month of July 2016 what Paris Hilton was to the year 2006: You can’t venture onto the internet without being confronted with news — much of it entirely pointless — concerning it. And as much as you don’t want to be intrigued by its existence, you probably are. Because there must be a reason people are so obsessed, right?

Clearly, I am not one of the people who gets it. That said, I do think that, probably unlike Paris Hilton, there is one big fitness-related life lesson we can, and should, all learn from the game.

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