Sleep Week: How to Help Your Kid Become a Champion Sleeper

It’s Be Well Philly Sleep Week! All week long, we’re celebrating sleep and all the wonderful things good quality shuteye does for your body. We reached out to Philly’s top sleep experts to answer all your sleep questions in one fell swoop. Check back this week for more installments of our ultimate sleep FAQ. And to see them all in one place, pick up a copy of Philadelphia magazine’s May issue, on newsstands now. 

» Also in Sleep Week: “The Scientific Case for Napping at Work”

My three-year-old’s sleeping habits are all over the map. How do I know if he’s getting enough sleep?

“If a child’s daytime functioning is good, then he’s getting the sleep he needs,” says Jennifer Marriner, an advanced-practice nurse who specializes in sleep at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Unlike adults, who will sometimes push themselves to the limit with too little sleep, kids won’t fight sleep and will get the rest their bodies need one way or another. If your child is alert, attentive, and able to stay awake during his waking hours, his sleeping habits are just fine, even if they seem inconsistent to you. Read more »

Why Your Pelvic Floor Is the Secret to a Stronger Core and Better Sex

Christina Stoltz at Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2013 | Photo by JPG Photography

Christina Stoltz at Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2013 | Photo by JPG Photography

This year is seriously flying by, you guys. I mean, it’s almost May, for goodness’ sake, which means we’re just over a month out from the fifth annual Be Well Philly Boot Camp, our massive day of fitness and wellness just for women. It’s a day of positivity, empowerment and motivation, and a celebration of all-around female badassery, with amped-up fitness classes, inspiring speakers, top local chefs and lots more. In a nutshell, it is awesome.

Over the next month, we’ll be previewing some of what’s in store for this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp participants. First up, we chatted with Christina Stoltz, owner of the Pilates-based Northern Liberties fitness studio, Ploome. We’re huge fans of Christina around these parts, and if you’ve been to Boot Camp before, you probably remember her oh-so-fabulous outdoor fitness classes. This year, she’ll be leading a new-to-Boot Camp class called Stripp’d: Cardio-Core Workout in our outdoor fitness tent, but she’ll also be pulling double duty as a featured speaker in our Speakers’ Lounge.  Read more »

10 Things Every Broad Street Runner Needs to Know Before Sunday

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Now that your training is done, it’s time to focus on race day, because a little planning ahead pays off big come the big day. I reached out to the Run215 community of over 2,000 local runners to ask, What are the top 10 things every runner needs to know before running Broad Street? See what your fellow Philly runners had to say below. Read more »

14 New Philly Fitness Studios to Know About Now

Rittenhouse's new RippedPHL | Photo via Facebook

Rittenhouse’s new RippedPHL | Photo via Facebook

Man, it is a busy time to be writing about fitness in Philly. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. It’s a great problem to have! There is SO much going on in the Philly fitness world right now, including lots — we’re talkin’ double-digits-lots — of new fitness studios popping up around town.

To get you all caught up on the fitness openings around the city (because it really is tough to keep up), we’ve rounded up a slew of new fitness and yoga studios — some of which recently opened and some that are opening in the coming weeks and months — to have on your radar. Read up, then clear your schedule: You’ve got lots of new workouts to try! Read more »

Focus Fitness Main Line Expands, Adds Space to Help Parents Stay Sane

Focus Fitness Main Line | Photo via Facebook

Focus Fitness Main Line | Photo via Facebook

Good news for Main Line parents who love to get their sweat on: The folks over at Bryn Mawr’s Focus Fitness Main Line just completed a 2,000-square-foot expansion, nearly doubling their size to a whopping 5,500 square feet. And here’s where your squealing comes in: The expansion made room for the fitness studio’s new Studio K childcare space — what they call a “clubhouse for kids” — where parents can drop off children from the ages of three months to eight years to hang and play with a childcare pro while they get their workout on. I.e. A space that will make maintaining your sanity just a little bit easier. Awesome, right? Read more »

Snap Kitchen’s Newest Philly-Area Location Opens This Weekend 

Snap Kitchen's Strawberry Chocolate Pistachio Parfait | Photo courtesy Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen’s Strawberry Chocolate Pistachio Parfait | Photo courtesy Snap Kitchen

At this point, Snap Kitchen has been in Philly for about three months, opening four locations so far: one in Old City, one right down the street from Whole Foods Callowhill, one in Rittenhouse and one in Malvern. And considering a Snap Kitchen juice bottle seems to be the new trendy accessory of choice for healthy eaters around Philly, I think it’s safe to say the Austin, Texas-based company has won us over. So good news for all the Snap Kitchen fans out there: Come this weekend, you’ll have one more location to get your Snap Kitchen fix. On Saturday, April 30th, Snap Kitchen is opening its fifth Philly-area location, this one at 775 Lancaster Avenue in Villanova. Read more »

Sleep Week: The Scientific Case for Napping at Work

It’s Be Well Philly Sleep Week! All week long, we’re celebrating sleep and all the wonderful things good quality shuteye does for your body. We reached out to Philly’s top sleep experts to answer all your sleep questions in one fell swoop. Check back this week for more installments of our ultimate sleep FAQ. And to see them all in one place, pick up a copy of Philadelphia magazine’s May issue, on newsstands now. 

» Also in Sleep Week: “Why Do I need Sleep? And How Little Sleep Can I Get Away With?”

How can I convince my boss that midday naps are a good idea?

Try this: A 2010 study found that naps can boost alertness and improve cognitive function—effects that last for hours after even a short stint of sleep. Studies have also found that the ideal time to nap is early afternoon—think post-lunch — so you won’t have trouble sleeping later at night. Ideally, you’ll restrict your midday snooze to between 15 and 30 minutes — just enough time to enter a light phase of sleep and refresh your brain, but not so long that you wake up feeling groggy. Most sleep experts say occasional alertness-boosting naps are okay, but if you’re making them a daily habit, you probably aren’t getting enough sleep at night. Read more »

The Checkup: Does It Really Matter If Protein Powder Is Expired?

• After a disgusting experience with expired milk at the age of nine that’s stuck with me ever since, I am a crazy person when it comes to expiration dates. But according to a professor of food science at Penn State, you don’t have to be too afraid of expired protein powder spoiling, though it does lose some of its power. [Men’s Health] Read more »

Frozen Vegetables Recalled Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

If you were planning on cracking open some frozen veggies for dinner tonight, make sure to check the label: CRF Frozen Foods has recalled 15 frozen vegetable products due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. As the company states on its website, the organism can lead to serious health risks among young children, the elderly, those with weak immune systems and pregnant women. Read more »

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