Free Fitness Classes for Philadelphia Marathoners Next Week

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I know at least half of you who are running the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday will read this post and shake your head. I mean, for the love, you’re running 26.2 miles in one fell swoop, and here we are telling you where to work out just days after the fact. Next week, I imagine, you’re planning on kicking back and relaxing as much as humanly possible.

So this post is for the other half of you, the half who will run the marathon and, one day later, be itching to move again. I know you exist, because I am related to one of you. (That would be my older brother, Jon, who can’t seem to sit still for more than a couple of hours at a time. For the record, Jon and I are opposites in this regard; I fall squarely into the first camp.)

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Pre-Feast Downward Dogs: Where to Do Yoga on Thanksgiving Day

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Before you hunker down at the Thanksgiving dinner table and gorge yourself with enough turkey and pie to feed a small village, we suggest you get your sweat on—you know, to make room. We’ve tracked down a slew of yoga studios around Philly that will be hosting Thanksgiving Day classes, from donation-based classes, to bird-themed classes (seriously) to plain ol’ vinyasa classes, and more. So read up, pick a class and sign up to get your sweat on before the big Thanksgiving feast.

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5 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Free Beginner’s Yoga, Marathon Madness, Rowing on the Schuylkill and More

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

1. Free Yoga for Beginners
When: Saturday, November 22nd from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Avenue, West Philly.

Teacher trainees will lead this nearly two-hour class at Studio 34. The class will be slower-paced and demo-heavy, with hands-on assistance if you want it. It’s geared toward beginner yogis.

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Good News: Exercise Really Does Make You Smarter

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Lately, there have been loads of studies suggesting that exercise boosts brainpower in some form or another—it improves long-term memory; it increases the brain’s plasticity; it improves focus—but what these studies haven’t taken into account is the placebo effect. Could these post-exercise boosts in brainpower simply be the placebo effect at work? After all, we know that we’re exercising, and we’ve been told time and time again that exercising is good for our brains, so the placebo effect seems pretty plausible. Well, as The New York Times reports, a new study published in PLOS One took a look at just that and found that no, the improvement in post-exercise brain function is not all in our heads (well it is, but you know what I mean).

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Do This: First-Ever Jingle Jog Around the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

And the holiday runs just keep on comin’, folks: December 6th, Fairmount Park Conservancy is hosting the first-ever jingle jog, an 8.2-mile run through Fairmount park, with pit stops at a slew of the park’s historic houses, including Strawberry Mansion, Woodford Mansion and more. Pretty neat, huh?

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The Insider’s Guide to Crushing the Philadelphia Marathon

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Photo courtesy GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon

Shooting for a PR on Sunday? “You can do it,” says local running coach ­Marcy Gialdo, a two-time Philly Marathoner. “You just have to know the ins and outs.” Gialdo spills her tried-and-true know-how for the Philly Marathon, from the best and worst parts of the course to where to find the Porta-Potties with the shortest lines (crucial!). Runners, consider this your official playbook.

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