• Thanks, Mental Floss, for setting us straight on germs.
UPDATE, 4:47 P.M.: The latest from the city: “Traffic flow is being restored in the area around the partial roof collapse at the Lululemon Store at 1527 Walnut Street. However, the 1500 block of Walnut Street will remain closed to vehicular traffic at this time.”
ORIGINAL: 6 ABC is reporting that loose bricks from an adjacent building crashed through the roof of the Center City Lululemon store earlier today. The incident happened around 3:30 p.m.
NBC Philadelphia says that at least three people have been hurt. So far, only minor injuries have been reported. Philadelphia fire officials are currently on the scene.
Man, the gals over that the Women Bike PHL Facebook group are killing it lately with useful tidbits for bike commuters. First, they alerted us to this weird yet ingenious trick for keeping your hands warm during cold winter rides, and now they’ve left a trail of breadcrumbs for a $3 hack that could make snowy winter rides a whole heck of a lot safer.
You know the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen”? Well, we took it to heart and asked five Philly fitness pros (who all have stellar abs, if I do say so myself) what they pack for lunch. And, man, did they give us some serious brown-bag-lunch inspiration: From sesame-crusted salmon to turkey roll-ups to taco salads, these personal trainers and fitness instructors are eating well.
If you’re looking to replicate their healthy eats, the takeaway that I gathered from them is this: Pretty much all of them said they like for their lunches to be high in protein and healthy fats, most of them paired protein with a side of veggies or fruit. Spinach popped up on a few of their plates, and you’ll note that not a single sandwich made the cut—or any starches really, aside from a sweet potato. Check out their photos and more details about their lunch routines below, and watch the brown-bag-lunch inspiration flow in.
Okay, okay, so we didn’t quite the get snowy wallop weather forecasters predicted. But by the looks of my desolate office and the largely deserted train cars, buses and sidewalks during my commute in, it seems some of you are holing up at home, anyway. Put some of that indoor time to good use with these workouts that require little more than floor space in your living room.
• Look, we all make mistakes, especially when it comes to our health and fitness. So in the interest of helping you avoid one or two, here are eight common weight-loss mistakes good-intentioned people make when they’re trying to drop a pants size or two. Please, learn from their examples. [POPSUGAR Fitness]
Last week, as I was rushing to make it to my first-ever Lithe Method class, I realized that I’d not only forgotten my water bottle, I’d also forgotten my inhaler, one of my must-haves for basically any physical activity beyond a brisk walk. But instead of panicking about the possibility of not being able to breathe in front of a room full of strangers, I thought to myself: I probably won’t need it, anyway. After all, it’s called Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting. The classes have names like “Skinny Jeans” and “All That.” How hard can it be?
Boy, was I fooled.
Within the first 10 minutes of the class—an hourlong, demo-style medley of the Lithe Essential Workout classes, taught by Lithe Method creator Lauren Boggi—my legs were trembling, I could barely feel my arms, and my face resembled a sweaty, overripe tomato. And I really wished I’d remembered my freakin’ inhaler.