My Top 5: Philly Fitness Instagrams for Instant Motivation

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Instagram, for me at least, is a never-ending scroll of photos featuring everything I love — baby animals, feminism, food, and beauty. It can also be a great source of inspiration for your health and wellness journey — if you follow the right accounts, that is.

So, how do you find the best fitness Instagrams to keep you motivated? Well, you don’t have to find them, actually, because we’ve done the work for you: We chatted with Philly fitness Instagram star Fabiana Ferrarini (@fabiana_ferrarini), a certified health coach, fitness instructor and founder of Fit With Fabi, who has a whopping 25,000 Instagram followers herself (!!), to see which Philly health and fitness Instagrams are at the top of her list to follow for daily motivation. You’ll find her top five picks below.  Read more »

What Are Philly’s Best Secretly Awesome Running Spots?

Yesterday, we relayed the news to you guys that Strava and Runner’s World had teamed up to name the most popular running spots in 20 big U.S. cities. The news of where we Philadelphians log the most miles — the Schuylkill River Trail and the Ben Franklin Bridge — was not particularly surprising. After all, the Schuylkill River Trail boasts 60 miles of completed trail, some of it snaking through a slew of Philadelphia neighborhoods, making it accessible to tons of runners. And the Ben Franklin Bridge is simply an iconic Philly running spot — who can beat that view? (Nobody.)

But what we want to know, more than what the most popular running trails are, is where the secret hidden gems of Philly’s running world are. We asked this question to Philadelphia Runner’s Liz Pagonis for our 2016 Be Well Philly print issue, and she pointed out sweet destinations like the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum (who knew you could find so much wildlife in Southwest Philly?) and the trails of the spooky Woodlands Cemetery.

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The Checkup: All the Protein Mistakes You’re Making (And How to Fix Them)

Protein, much like Britney Spears or calculus, is complicated. You know you need it — but it turns out, many of us are consuming it in the wrong ways, like, for one, by downing way too much at once rather than spreading our servings out from breakfast through dinnertime. Here, six protein mistakes you’re probably making, plus how to correct them. [Women’s Health]

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MAKE: Cheesy Stuffed Acorn Squash With Quinoa and Chicken

Cheesy Stuffed Acorn Squash | Photo by Becca Boyd

Cheesy Stuffed Acorn Squash | Photo by Becca Boyd

I bought a few gorgeous acorn squash at the market and then they sat in my pull-out pantry … for, like, three weeks. I was frozen in indecision, and maybe feeling a little lazy. But eventually, I buckled down to whip up this recipe, filled with healthy (and gluten-free!) grains and lean protein, that checks off all the important meal boxes: light, delicious and downright drool-worthy.

The good news is, though, if you never stop feeling lazy, acorn squash has an even sweeter flavor than butternut and with some salt and coconut oil, it’s quite special on its own. In fact, you can eat it just like you would a sweet potato.

But if the cooking mood does strike you, the recipe below is sure to satisfy.

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The Philly Running Challenge We Hope Turns Into an Everyday Thing

One year when I was working as a waitress on Valentine’s Day, one of my tables noticed my stank face — I am not perpetually grumpy, but my face can make it seem like I am — and left me a note that said, and I quote, “It will get better.”

There was nothing wrong with my life. That note was the worst.

I tell this story as a warning to all the folks participating in Run215’s Valentine’s Day challenge, which they announced this morning on Facebook, to put a little more thought into your Valentine’s Day notes to strangers.

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What Sex Toys Have to Do With Breast Cancer Recovery (Yes, Sex Toys

Let’s face it: For many of us, sex toys are an embarrassing topic of conversation — even six margaritas deep with our BFFs. But somewhat unexpectedly, when it comes to breast cancer — the most commonly diagnosed cancer among America women besides skin cancer — sex toys are something we should be talking about when we talk about recovery. To wit: Bala Cynwyd-based nonprofit Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Shop-to-Support store boasts a full line of CalExotics sex toys designed specifically for women who are going through or have been through breast cancer treatment.

But we get it: putting two and two together — as in why, exactly, a breast cancer nonprofit is promoting sex toys — can be a bit difficult to grasp. That’s precisely why I, being the ever-nosy human I am, talked to Doylestown-based psychologist Dr. Pamela Ginsberg, who specializes in women’s health and working with women who have cancer, and who also works with LBBC, to answer the question: WTF do sex toys have to do with breast cancer recovery? Turns out, a vibrator (or a silicone dilator kit, or a breast massager) can play a pretty big role.

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Back on My Feet 5-Miler Having Awesome Flash Sale

When we ask runners what their favorite spring races in Philly are, the Back on My Feet 5-Miler, a five-mile course along the the Schuylkill River and through parts of Fairmount Park, always makes the list. Runners always say the race — billed as the perfect race to get you in gear for the Broad Street Run, at half the distance and six weeks out from the 10-miler — is just really, REALLY fun.

So, why am I telling you this? Well, because today, February 14th, the folks at the BOMF 5-Miler are having a prettttty sweet flash sale.

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The Checkup: These Are Philly’s Most Popular Running Spots

• Strava and Runner’s World teamed up to figure out where folks log the most miles in 20 big cities in the US. Any ideas for Philly? Fine, fine, we’ll tell you (though you probably could’ve guessed): The two most popular Philly running spots are — can I get a drumroll? — the Ben Franklin Bridge and the Schuylkill River Trail. [Runner’s World]

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Torch Calories in 30 Minutes With HIIT

For this workout you’ll need your stopwatch — and that’s about it! You’ll do the following circuit four times, doing each exercise for 50 seconds for the first round, 40 seconds for the second round, 30 seconds for the third, and 20 seconds for the final round. So work hard during the time allotted for each round, and push yourself to keep the intensity for the entire interval. You can rest easy knowing the whole shebang  should ring it at under 30 minutes.

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