BeWOW: Total-Body Cardio and Conditioning Workout

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This week, your workout is going hit your entire body, with strength-training exercises and cardio to boot.

You’ll tackle a circuit of six different exercises, as outlined below. At the end of the circuit, you’ll do 100 jumps with a jump rope. (If you don’t have a jump rope, do jumping jacks.) Your goal is to complete the circuit, top to bottom, five times through.

A couple of optional tweaks: If you do not know how to do kettlebell swings (video tutorial below), you can always just do squats. For the one legged squats, you’ll need a bench or a chair: Do your squat with one leg raised, sit until your butt taps the bench, then stand right back up. And if you’re just starting out and five rounds is too much, try two or three rounds and build up from there.

Good luck!

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What to Eat This Week: Herb Garden Greatness

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Every morning, when I look out of my kitchen window into my backyard, I am immediately overwhelmed with a confusing cross of excitement and defeat: I have a beautiful and bountiful herb garden going, and that makes me excited. But the parsley, chives, basil, mint and more grow so quickly, that I never know how to use them all—every dish I make, I think to myself, I wonder if I could I sneak some parsley into this? Or maybe some mint! (Hint: Parsley and mint are not sneaky herbs.) I’m constantly trying to use up all the green stuff growing in my garden, but when it comes down to it, I just can’t. And, I’m sure I’m not the only one experiencing this overgrown-herb-garden guilt. But no longer, my friends: Here, we’ve got five dinner recipes that are chock-full of parsley, basil, thyme and more. So say goodbye to your overgrown herb garden and hello to herb garden greatness.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head

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Sorry for what I’m about to do, you guys: This week’s playlist is two hours of songs that are pretty much guaranteed to get stuck in your head. The good news is, all the songs are awesome, which means having them stuck in your head, on repeat, isn’t totally a bad thing.

I got some outside input on this one, so the songs really span generations and genres: the Grease soundtrack’s “Summer Nights,” Boyz II Men’s “Motown Philly,” Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and, the pièce de résistance, Aaron Copeland’s “Rodeo.” (I thought I was pretty clever with that one.)

Enjoy!

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11 Store-Bought Foods That Taste Better Homemade

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As any healthy eater knows, shopping for nutritious food isn’t exactly cheap. But what if I told you, you could make your favorite grocery store staples at home? Not only will they taste better than those store brands, they’re better for you; knowing exactly what goes into your food means no sneaky ingredients. Healthy and cheap? Time to break out the mixing bowls and get cooking!

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Want to Consume Your Placenta? Local Doula Will Prepare It for You

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Some of you might remember our piece from last year about a woman who chose to eat her own placenta after giving birth, in pill form, and totally loved the experience. Well, it looks like the placenta-eating craze is still around, but it’s gotten a bit more gourmet: Earlier today, our friends over in Philly Mag’s news department, made us aware of the fact that placenta prepared in a ceviche-like fashion is indeed a thing, and you can have it made for you right here in Philadelphia, if you so please.

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Indigo Schuy and Balance Chestnut Hill Team Up for Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K Training

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In preparation for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon that’s coming up on September 20th, Balance gym has teamed up with Indigo Schuy to create the Rock Your Way to a 5K training program. There are four different training levels in the program, so whether you’re a newbie to the running trails or a more advanced runner focusing on speed, this program will help you to improve your running game in time for race day.

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Jillian Michaels Just Wants You to Like Her: Why She Left The Biggest Loser

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When you think of celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels, the first emotion you experience is probably fear. Because, from what we’ve seen on The Biggest Loser , that lady is one scary trainer. Be Well editor, Emily, worked out with Michaels once and, from her experience alone, I think we can all agree: Michaels is indeed a bit intimidating. But the thing is, Michaels doesn’t want to be known as the most terrifying trainer to ever grace your TV screen.

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