Believe It Or Not: Fall and Winter CSA Signups Are Open

Greensgrown Farms | Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Greensgrown Farms | Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

It may be near 80 degrees today, but believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about the fall and winter. Local community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs are opening up registration lists for autumn and winter produce shares, and spots usually fill up fast. So if you want in, it’s time to get on the horn.

For CSA novices, like myself, here’s how it works: You buy a “share” in a farm’s seasonal harvest, and in return you get weekly (or biweekly) deliveries of fresh produce straight from the farm itself. With these local CSAs, you can eat healthy, delicious produce long after those summer tomatoes and blueberries have gone out of season.

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We Want to Know: What are Your Favorite Workout Songs?

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We need your input, Be Wellers! As some of you know, every Friday, we wipe our Spotify Ultimate Workout Playlist clean and load it up with a bunch of new songs that will get you through your sweat session with a smile on your face. Each week, we choose a different theme—from classic rock to rap you can run to and more—and this week, we want it to be all about you guys: Think of it as the Be Well Philly readers’ picks edition.

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BeWOW: The CrossFit Games Workout

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Did any of you guys catch the CrossFit Games this weekend? I stumbled onto them on ESPN2 the other night, and for the next three hours I watched the most insanely fit people on the planet do unthinkable things with their bodies in the name of fitness. It. Was. Awesome.

The point of CrossFit is to train in every aspect of fitness to create a well-rounded athlete. This keeps the body guessing and working hard, plus you wind up pushing your body to places you never thought possible. What a great fitness philosophy, right?

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Gross: Science Says You Should Quit Shaking Hands, Stat

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In today’s news of everyday activities that are totally gross: A new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, and reported today on The Week, shows that when it comes to common greetings, choosing a handshake over a fist bump increases your chance of transferring potentially disease-causing bacteria by a whopping 90 percent. (Insert face with jaw dropped here)

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#BWPSelfie of the Week: How a Beer-Lover Stays Fit

Welcome to our new Monday feature, the #BWPSelfie of the Week! Read about why we’re celebrating selfies—and the sweaty Philadelphians who take them—below. 

SELFIEName: Jon Lyons

Day job: District Manager for Southern Tier Brewing Co. and founder of Run215.

Where he snapped this: Kite & Key post-run with the Fishtown Beer Runners.

What he was doing: Running as fast as I could towards a cold pint of sweet, sweet beer.

Longest run he’s ever done: Marathon!

Gear he can’t run without: I’m very superstitious, so I always run with a piece of quartz in my pocket. And I gotta use New Balance—my favorite running shoes ever.

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Join Us: Insanely Fun Cross-Training Run with Unite Fitness

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Quick Details
Date: Tuesday, August 5th
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Unite Fitness, 12th and Sansom 
Cost: FREE! 

Remember last summer when we co-hosted a cross-training run with our friends at Unite Fitness? And remember when we invited them to run another one at this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp? And remember how much fun you had at those events?

Well, it’s back! Next Tuesday, August 5th, we’re teaming up with Unite Fitness for another free, all-levels cross-training run, a group-run-meets-boot-camp workout mashup for the ages. We’ll meet at Unite Fitness (12th and Sansom) at 6 p.m. and head out for a 3.5-mile group run. But this isn’t just any ol’ group run: We’ll stop along the way at LOVE Park, the Rodin Museum, Rocky Steps and more to do some quick boot-camp-style exercises (think burpees, lunge walks, and more); check out the route map here. The run ends back at the studio, where we’ll have swag and some giveaways for our friends who come out.

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Yoga and Wine at Valley Green Inn with Pop Up Yoga Philly

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The folks over at Pop Up Yoga Philly are on a roll, people. The same gals who put together the $10 class at the Porch at 30th Street Station just announced a brand-new event: a 60-minute Vinyasa class followed by a wine happy hour at the pavilion at Valley Green Inn. Can you think of a better way to unwind after a long workweek? Because I totally can’t. Read more »

Best of Philly 2014 Preview: Health and Fitness

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Best Gym: Haverford YMCA

This isn’t your grandma’s YMCA. The gorgeous 75,000-square-foot Haverford Y, on the old Swell Bubble Gum Factory campus, includes three indoor swimming pools (hello, water slides), an indoor track, palatial cardio and weight-training facilities, and more than 100 fitness classes a week. No wonder that in less than a year, it’s attracted 21,000 members and counting. 891 North Eagle Road, Havertown, 610-649-0700.

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