5 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Southwest Center City 5K, Ladies Night at Body Cycle Studio, and More

Southwest Center City 5K // Photo via Facebook

Southwest Center City 5K // Photo via Facebook

Only one more day ’til sweet, sweet freedom, guys: the weekend is almost here! And if you have yet to decide how you’ll get your sweat on this weekend, we’ve got a few ideas: Here, five fitness events happening around Philly this weekend. Pick one, or a few, and have a blast, people.

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Your New Favorite Fall Meal: 14 Ways to Stuff a Sweet Potato

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In June, we gave you guys a roundup of stuffed avocado recipes, and we figured it was about time for a fall-friendly edition, so here it is: 14 healthy, creative and totally delicious ways to stuff a sweet potato. Sweet potatoes blow regular ol’ russet potatoes out of the water when it comes to nutrition: they’re vitamin-packed, rich in fiber, and they help to regulate blood sugar—meaning, no post-dinner midnight cookie cravings. They make for a filling lunch or a dinner, and they’re super simple to make. Just throw ‘em in the oven, bake for about 45 minutes, and voila: you’ve got yourself dinner.

Now, I dare you to try and cook your way through every stuffed sweet potato here before spring arrives. Who’s up for the challenge?

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Time to Man Up: 5 Philly Fitness Classes Guys Will Love

Les Mills Grit will keep your heart pounding — and muscles screaming — for 30 minutes straight.

Les Mills Grit will keep your heart pounding — and muscles screaming — for 30 minutes straight. | Photo courtesy Les Mills

A funny thing has been happening at my boot camp classes lately: There are men, like, everywhere. Suddenly, the guys who used to go it alone in the weight room are filling their schedules with group-fitness classes, sweating, grunting and panting alongside me.

It’s about time, men: The days of Jazzercise and shiny spandex are long over. Many classes today are tough enough to challenge even the manliest meathead.

Don’t believe me? These five local classes will put your body to the test. Grunting encouraged.

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Grab Your Helmets: 50-Mile Shake Shack Bike Ride with Free Beer Next Weekend 

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

You’ll have to wait until you reach the end of the 50 miles to claim your free beer, but hey, totally worth it, right? And did I mention there will be free hot dogs, too? Yep: Free beer and hot dogs.

Here’s the deal: On November 1st, Shake Shack is teaming up with Breakaway Bikes for the first-ever Tour de Shack, a 50-mile bike ride that will take you to all three Shake Shacks in Philly. The ride will leave from the Center City Shake Shack, then, first stop: the King of Prussia Shake Shack. There, you can rest for a second (and refuel with a peanut butter milkshake, obviously), plus collect some sweet Shake Shack giveaways. From there you’ll go to the next and final stop, the University City Shake Shack, where you will be greeted with the beer and hot dogs mentioned above.

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Make: Tomato, White Bean and Rosemary Soup

Photo credit: Becca Boyd

Photo credit: Becca Boyd

A recent article by Mark Bittman in TIME magazine discussed how millenials’ obsession with food media—competition shows, Instagram, Pinterest, and so on—isn’t translating into our kitchens. Maybe we see the bar set so high that we figure anything we attempt will fail in comparison. On my blog, I try to make the recipes approachable for every skill level; food is a constant in our every day lives and, nine times out of 10, it won’t be glamorous.

This soup exemplifies those beliefs. Using canned tomatoes and beans, this beautifully healthy recipe comes together in about 30 minutes. It’s real, home-cooked food, and it’s simple enough for the most novice beginner. Dairy-free yet still creamy, thanks to the beans, it’s about as healthy, and I daresay tasty, as dinner can be.

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