How to Skip the Chipotle Lunch Lines for Good

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I’m as much of a Chipotle fan as the next gal — those burrito bowls are my jam — but a regular Chipotle-for-lunch habit is about as healthy for my bank account as it is for my waistline.

So this past weekend, I decided to take matters into my own hands: I whipped up a monster batch of make-ahead-and-freeze burritos that should keep me lunchtime-happy for at least two solid weeks. (See the photo I snapped above for evidence.) Bonus: The entire process, from chop to cleanup, only took about an hour.

All you need to do to pull off this bit of lunch-hour magic is make a batch of burrito filling, put it in some tortillas, wrap said tortillas in aluminum foil, pop them in the freezer and — voila! — frozen, ready-to-eat burritos whenever you need a quick lunch. Read more »

What I Learned After a Year of CrossFit

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I joined CrossFit in August 2014 following a visit to my 11-year-old daughter during her first summer at sleep-away camp. I realized, the hard way, that I was no longer the center of my daughter’s universe, so I decided that I needed to invest energy in building my own social life. So I joined CrossFit; I’d heard it was as much a social community as a fitness one.

I threw myself in headlong, attending classes five to six days per week for the past 12 months. My goal was to understand why CrossFit has become a cultural phenomenon.

It’s been an interesting year — here’s what I have learned.  Read more »

The Checkup: Why Science Says You Should Watch Cat Videos at Work

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• Who needs endless Starbucks soy lattes when you have cat videos? As a new video from the American Chemical Society points out, science shows cat videos can save you from the dreaded afternoon slump: They give you pleasure and temporarily boost your attention to detail. So go ahead, watch one (like this one, perhaps) on your work computer today, guilt-free. [Science of Us]
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How to Train for Your First 5K the Philly Way

Schuylkill Trail along Kelly Drive // Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Schuylkill Trail along Kelly Drive // Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Training for your first 5K can be a daunting task if the only kind of running you’re used to doing includes going for a mid-afternoon coffee run. But you can do it (we promise!), and to help you out, we got running coach Cory Smith of Run Your Personal Best to put together a nine-week Couch to 5K training plan for beginners, complete with tons of Philly flavor. Think: runs along Forbidden Drive, tackling hills behind the Art Museum and, of course, running the Art Museum Steps.

Over the course of nine weeks, you’ll work your way up from doing a mix of running and jogging to running a full 3.1 miles, easy. Check out the training plan below.

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This Is When and Where Kevin Hart’s Free Pop-Up Philly 5K Is Happening!

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As many of you probably know, comedian Kevin Hart is currently on tour, and he’s been holding pop-up 5Ks in many of the cities he stops in. So if you’ve been compulsively checking Twitter to get some — any! — information about when and where he will be holding his pop-up 5K in Philly, his hometown, you can stop pressing refresh: Last night, Hart tweeted out a link to reserve your spot for his Philly 5K, happening this Saturday, August 29th. Eeeeeee! Read more »

The Checkup: How Sitting Can Actually Help You Lose Weight — Seriously!

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• We’re constantly hearing about how terrible sitting is for us, but one time it might be a good idea to sit down instead of move around? When you’re eating. A new study found that women who sat down while they ate instead of eating on the go ended up snacking way less afterward. So go ahead, take a seat. [Huffington Post]
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Why Science Says You Should Really (Really!) Work Less 

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If you work upward of 55 hours on a regular week, you might want to cut back in the name of health (not to mention your sanity). New data analysis done by researchers at University College London found that folks who work 55 hours or more each week have significantly greater risks of stroke and heart disease than those who work the standard 35 to 40 hours a week, The New York Times reports.

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5 Best Running Routes in the Wissahickon (With Maps!)

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Here at Be Well Philly, we love running in the Wissahickon but, we have to admit, running on Forbidden Drive can get a little old after awhile. To make sure we never get bored of our trail-running routes again, we got five Philly running pros to spill the details (maps included!) on their absolute favorite trail runs in the Wissahickon.

So, next time you’re looking for a change of scenery, give one of these runners’ go-to trail-running routes a try! Note: To see a map of each route, just click on the name of it. Read more »

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