Be Among the First to Ride a Philly Bike Share Bike Next Week

Photo via Indego/Facebook

Photo via Indego/Facebook

At long last, Philly’s much anticipated bike share program, Indego, is set to launch next week on April 23rd. To kick it off in style, Indego is hosting a launch party at Eakins Oval on Thursday.

In addition to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, music and snacks, there will be a Critical Mass-like “ride-off,” during which time groups of volunteers will ride fleets of bikes to Indego docking stations around town. Guess what? You can be one of those volunteers.  Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Turn Your Trail Run Into a Cross-Training Session

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Your workout instructions this week? Take advantage of this beautiful weather and get outside for a run, people! Find your favorite running trail (we’ve got a ton of great options here), grab a running buddy, and get moving.

During your run, you’re going to make a few pit stops — every few minutes, you’ll stop at at a bench, a big rock or some stairs — to do a strength-training circuit one time through. Then get back to your run, and stop again in a few minutes for another round. Aim to do the circuit five times throughout the course of your run — and more if you’re feeling ambitious.

See the strength-training circuit below. Happy trails, friends! Read more »

5 Ways to Be Happier This Week

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As a psychologist, I’m often asked for my professional opinion about how to be happier. There’s no easy answer, of course, but over the years I’ve developed what I believe to be the five keys to happiness. These are principles I strive to live myself, day in and day out; sometimes I’m successful, sometimes I’m not. But what I’ve learned is that keeping these concepts front and center has gone a long way toward helping me feel happier and more fulfilled.

Won’t you give it a try this week?  Read more »

Why Parents Gain Weight Without Realizing It

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Healthy eating is simple, right? Fill your fridge with nutritious fruits, veggies, lean protein and whole grains, and you won’t be tempted to eat junk food. That might be easy if you don’t have kids. Kids tend to love all things carbohydrate: pasta, rice, Goldfish crackers, graham crackers, pretzels, chips. And because moms and dads are constantly on the go with their kids, they find that they need to have these snacks stashed in their bags. After all, it’s pretty hard to serve steamed broccoli to your child in the car on the way to soccer practice. Read more »

What to Eat This Week: Gluten-Free Meals That Will Make You Drool

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It’s no secret: Giving up wheat-heavy foods like bread, pasta and pizza for a few days every now and then can do the body some good. But if the term gluten-free is just so unappealing to you (because why eat gluten-free pizza when you could eat real pizza?) you’re not alone. That’s where this week’s recipes come in: These five delicious (and gluten-free!) recipes — from zucchini noodles with pesto to a seriously drool-worthy sushi bowl — are here to change your mind. Check them out below.  Read more »

New Dance-and-Yoga Fitness Studio Coming to Old City

Allongée's new studio | Photo via Google Maps

Allongée’s new studio | Photo via Google Maps

Jillian Dreusike, creator and owner of Allongée Technique, announced on her blog this week that she’s inked a lease for a brick-and-mortar studio. In May, she’ll be moving into the former Dhyana Yoga space at 68 North Second Street.

“After nearly five years of running our classes in a pop-up-like structure, I am so beyond excited to have finally found us a permanent home,” she writes. Until now, she’s been operating her dance-centered fitness classes out of rented studio space in Old City and Fairmount, as well as running outdoor classes at Race Street Pier.  Read more »

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