The Checkup: How to Actually Stick to Your Workout Routine

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How to actually make it to the gym four times this week like you said you would? Change the way you think about it. Think of your workouts the same way yogis think about their sweat sessions: as a “practice” — one that makes you better, not just afterward when you can squeeze into your skinny jeans, but during as well, says this personal trainer. Interesting, right? [Greatist]

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10 Coolest Fitness Events in Philly This Month: July 2015

Run the Vineyards | Photo via Facebook

Run the Vineyards | Photo via Facebook

Getting yourself off the couch let alone outside — far, far away from an air conditioner — to work out when temperatures outside are pushing 100 degrees can be tough. So to help you out, here, our top 10 picks for this month’s worth-getting-off-your-couch-for fitness events. Take your pick and mark your calendars, friends! Read more »

What To Eat This Week: A Taste of the Mediterranean

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There’s a reason you keep hearing about how awesome the Mediterranean diet is. Docs over here have started noticing that Mediterranean natives suffer from less obesity and heart disease and live longer than folks eating the high fat, high sugar “Western” diet. Why? The Mediterranean diet is higher in fruits and vegetables, lower in artery-clogging saturated fats and much higher in healthy fats from olive oil, nuts, and — drum roll, please —fish! And, aside from being a lean source of protein, the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish have been shown to promote the health of the brain and cardiovascular system.

So this week, we’re bringing you five Mediterranean-style recipes where seafood shines, always complemented by olive oil, lemon juice, fresh herbs, and veggies. From zesty tuna salad to grilled fish skewers, these dishes bring you the best of the Mediterranean: nutrition, freshness, and most importantly, flavor. Check ‘em out below.  Read more »

Love Peach Tea? You Need to Try This Cocktail

The Golden Peach | Photo by Dan Hamm

The Golden Peach | Photo by Dan Hamm

Throughout the summer, we’ll be bringing you healthier cocktail recipes concocted by Philly craft bartender and the brain behind Spirit Forward, Dan Hamm, who believes strongly in the powers of fresh herbs and fruits when it comes to whipping up a good drink. 

This cocktail, made with muddled peaches, honey, fresh lemon juice and bourbon, is basically peach tea, minus, you know, the tea. But who needs tea when you have bourbon, right? Right.

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Will Philly’s Cat Cafe Offer Yoga?

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We’re sure you’ve heard the news that Philly could be getting its very own cat cafe, right? In case you’re one of those fascinating people who doesn’t have a Facebook account and therefore missed the cat craze that has taken over every Philly resident’s newsfeed for the past week, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Philly cat lover (er, well, we assume she’s a cat lover) Kristin Eissler is hoping to have Philly’s first cat cafe, Kawaii Kitty Cafe, open by December of this year.

The cafe, which doesn’t yet have a location, will house anywhere from 10 to 15 adoptable cats at a time. I have many questions, most of which revolve around whether latte-foam art featuring cats will be a part of the equation, but the most important question I have is this: Will Philly’s cat cafe offer yoga?

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The Checkup: How to Order Sushi Like a Nutrition Pro

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• In my book, Friday evenings are for sushi delivery and binge-watching Law & Order: SVU. (Hey, a girl needs a minute to regroup after a long week, don’t judge.) But this week, I know what I won’t be ordering in my sushi (bye, salmon) and what I will be ordering (hi, arctic char nigiri). Here, tips from health experts to help you order sushi like a nutrition pro, too. [TIME]

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Yoga with Jake: How to Finally (Finally!) Master Wheel Pose

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Every week, we post a new yoga routine from local instructor Jake Panasevich. Panasevich’s specialty is yoga for men (you can learn more about him on his website here), but these routines works for ladies, as well! So grab your yoga mat and get your downward dog on, friends. 

We all have those poses our bodies just refuse to twist into during a yoga class, and for a lot of folks, Wheel Pose — you know, the one where you make your human body resemble, well, a wheel — is one of ‘em. So if you roll your eyes and let out a not-so-subtle “ughhh” every time the pose comes up in class, you’re going to want to watch this video which walks you through the steps to take to finally (finally) master the dreaded pose. Soon enough, you’ll be wheelin’ it up like nobody’s business.

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