3 Tweaks to Make Your Ab Workouts Way More Effective

Getting strong, sculpted abs is often the number one item on everyone’s fitness wish list. As a longtime Pilates instructor, I’ve fielded hundreds of questions from my students about how they can strengthen their core and tone up their abs. Usually, after their ab work to date has failed them, they’re left wondering if there’s some magical exercise they just haven’t found yet.

The thing is, though, many people are frustrated that their ab work isn’t working because they’ve gotten incomplete or inaccurate information, leading them to do exercises that aren’t very effective. Don’t worry: If you’re in this camp, it’s an easy problem to fix — it just requires a little understanding about how the body works. Below, the three keys to making your ab work actually work. Read more »

The Checkup: Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Skipping Breakfast

• If you’ve been shamed by your mother and your significant other and your barista for skipping the most important meal of the day (who is hungry before the sun rises?!) for years now, rejoice while reading this argument from pediatrics professor Aaron E. Carroll, who says, really, “breakfast has no mystical powers.” So if you’re never hungry, don’t worry too much about skipping it. [The New York Times] Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The Do-Anywhere Workout to Bookmark

All you have to do this week is complete two exercises, back and forth, five times. No problem, right? Oh, yeah! And there are six pairs of exercises. Each exercise will use only your body weight, so you can do this workout pretty much anywhere. Move your coffee table out of the way in your living room, clear some space in your kitchen, or close your office door and get to work Read more »

New No-Frills, Budget-Conscious Produce Shop Coming to Fishtown 

Photos via Instagram | @riverwardsproduce

Photos via Instagram | @riverwardsproduce

A few weeks back, I was reading a piece on Grub Street about what customers can expect from Whole Foods’ cheaper new spinoff store, 365, geared toward millennials. In it, they pointed out that produce at 365 won’t be sold out of the faux-rustic barrels you usually find at Whole Foods, but rather, produce will be sold “straight out of the boxes and crates in which it is delivered” in order to keep overhead costs lower and prices down. And while we don’t know when we’ll be getting a 365 here in Philly, what I can tell you is that a produce shop with a similar philosophy of setting aside the frills to keep the prices of fruits and veggies lower for customers will be setting up shop in Fishtown this summer. We’ll take it! Read more »

The Checkup: The Nutrition Label Change Everyone Is Talking About

• The Internet has been chattering away about the FDA’s new changes to nutrition labels since Friday, with most of the talk revolving around the addition of an “added sugar” line. Some (hi, First Lady Michelle Obama) see it as a win, while others (looking at you, sugar industry) see it as an upset. (We’re in the former camp, because anything that means less ingredient deciphering — and therefore more time for sample eating — in the grocery store aisles is a win, right?) [The New York Times] Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: A Workout You Can Knock Out in Under 30 Minutes

This Week’s Workout: The 29-Minute Challenge

The Breakdown

Total time commitment: 30-35 minutes
Difficulty (out of five): 3
Soreness factor: This workout went by quickly and wasn’t too hard, but we were a touch sore in our shoulders and calves the next day.
Overall grade (out of 5): 3.5. If you’re looking for a quick workout that isn’t too tough, this is for you! Read more »

Meet Bob Barker, This Week’s Adoptable Power-Walking Dog 

bob barker lead

Meet Bob Barker, your new favorite walking buddy.

This week, instead of an adoptable running dog, we’ve got an adoptable walking dog for you all to “awwww” at — and maybe go scoop up from PAWS 2nd Street adoption center in Old City! (Because despite what us Be Wellers might think, not everyone in the world is absolutely obsessed with running.) Learn more about Bob Barker, an energetic, super social guy, below. Read more »

Recipe: The Protein-Packed Pancakes You Should Definitely Make

Protein-Packed Gluten-Free Pancakes | Photo by Becca Boyd

Protein-Packed Gluten-Free Pancakes | Photo by Becca Boyd

When my husband began eating gluten-free, pancakes were one of his saddest farewells. Breakfast for dinner is a staple in our house and pancakes are hard to beat. I tried a few mixes and fell hard for Trader Joe’s gluten-free pumpkin pancakes — alas, it’s a seasonal item.

But making your own is always a good bet, so I got to work in the kitchen. I wanted a pancake that was naturally sans gluten, low enough in calories that I could partake, and filled with enough protein to keep us satiated. Well, my friends, I have found it. And the best part? This pancake mix is made, start to finish, in your blender. Read more »

#NightShiftPHL Details: Everything You Need to Know About the Next Free Run for Night Owls 

#NightShiftPHL | Photo via Facebook

#NightShiftPHL | Photo via Facebook

If you thought you were going to spend Sunday night sitting around in an Aztec Clay Mask mask while eating a serving of the giant quinoa salad you made for the week and watching “Lemonade” for the trillionth time (can you tell this is how I spent last Sunday night?), think again: The lovely organizers of #NightShiftPHL — the free occasional pop-up night runs for the night owls amongst us put on by Jon Lyons of Run215 and Suzanne Allaire of the November Project — just let us know the next #NightShiftPHL will be going down this coming Sunday night. Read more »

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