The Checkup: Why Everyone Is Suddenly Obsessed With Pooping Stools

• Over the holidays, New York magazine suggested their readers give the gift of the Squatty Potty — a stool that puts you into a squat-like position on the toilet, helping to, um, move things along. They were being entirely serious, because apparently, this thing is so great it negates any poop-related embarrassment that would occur upon opening. After reading their endorsement, I’ve heard people wax poetic about pooping stools on podcasts and all across the internet, including in this essay, where a woman who’s had yearlong problems in the bathroom praises the powers of the pooping stool. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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Do You Shower Right Before Bed?

Last week, we alerted you all to the fact that, despite the cozy feels a hot shower or bath may give you, you actually shouldn’t take a hot shower or bath right before you go to bed. (You can read all about why here.) The post went, in a word, bananas. And I was kind of surprised by this, thinking that most folks preferred to shower in the morning, mostly to jolt themselves awake and avoid getting shampoo residue all over their pillow at night.

Guess I was wrong.

Comments on Facebook and on the post itself ran the gamut, going from “I’ve been doing this for years — I knew something was up!” to “I’ve been doing this for years — YOU’RE WRONG.” (I’m paraphrasing here.) And now, since people are clearly very passionate about their showers — and their shower times — I’m curious to know, when do you shower? In the morning? When you get home from the gym, a few hours before bed (this would, scientifically, be ideal for nighttime shower-takers)? Right before you hop into bed? Satisfy our nosiness in the poll below.

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6 Simple Ways to Save Money on Group Workouts in Philly

City Fit Girls on a group run  in Philly | Photo courtesy Kiera Smalls

City Fit Girls on a group run in Philly | Photo courtesy Kiera Smalls

The excuse for not working out often looks the excuse for not eating well: “It’s just so expensive!” But let’s face facts: Yes, group workouts can be expensive (after all, a SoulCycle or Solidcore class will run you around the cost of three Sweetgreen salads — with avocado!). But while boutique group fitness classes certainly have their perks — candlelight! A workout more intense than one you’d ever get on your own! Fancy orange water to rehydrate with! — getting moving with other fitness enthusiasts doesn’t need to be a pricey activity. And we’ve got proof.

Below, six simple tips to help you stay on top of your group-fitness game in Philly without crying every time you look at your bank statement, so that when you do treat yourself to a killer SoulCycle class (they’re opening in Center City very soon, after all), you feel nothing but great about it.

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Psst: Athleta Has a Monthly Run Club (And It Involves Ridiculously Cute Dogs!)

I’m sure that we had you at ridiculously cute dogs, but still, we’ll elaborate: Athleta on Walnut Street has teamed up with local shelter dog-running group the Monster Milers — they’re the guys we team up with to bring you our adoptable running dog every week — to host a monthly run club featuring a lovable, adorable and adoptable dog at each run.  Read more »

The Checkup: Ah-ha! This Is the Best Day to Find Markdowns at Whole Foods 

• Interesting! Whole Foods food editor Molly Siegler spilled some insider sale intel to the folks over at POPSUGAR, and turns out Wednesdays — the day when Whole Foods’ sale cycle turns over — is the best day to shop the aisles for markdowns, with the chance of finding twice as many sales at once. Say whaaat? [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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Watch Out, Sweetgreen: Another Salad Chain Is Coming to Rittenhouse

Just Salad | Photo via Facebook

Just Salad | Photo via Facebook

Our friends over on BizPhilly just clued us in on the news that Knit Wit, the much-loved boutique at 1729 Chestnut Street, has lost its lease (don’t worry, they plan to open another location soon. And yes, there is a lost-our-lease sale happening). What’s replacing them, you ask? That would be Just Salad, a salad chain based in New York City.

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Philly Dance Fitness Is Hosting a Three-Hour Dance Party Workout (Yes, Please!)

If you were planning on going dancing this Saturday night, we suggest you bump your plans up a few hours, because Philly Dance Fitness is hosting an afternoon of dance with a workshop dubbed a Taste of Philly Dance Fitness, and it’s essentially a three-hour dance party. And you know what beats a nighttime dance party? One that allows you to get your sweaty booty pop on AND get to bed by 9 p.m.

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My Top 5: Philly Fitness Instagrams for Instant Motivation

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Instagram, for me at least, is a never-ending scroll of photos featuring everything I love — baby animals, feminism, food, and beauty. It can also be a great source of inspiration for your health and wellness journey — if you follow the right accounts, that is.

So, how do you find the best fitness Instagrams to keep you motivated? Well, you don’t have to find them, actually, because we’ve done the work for you: We chatted with Philly fitness Instagram star Fabiana Ferrarini (@fabiana_ferrarini), a certified health coach, fitness instructor and founder of Fit With Fabi, who has a whopping 25,000 Instagram followers herself (!!), to see which Philly health and fitness Instagrams are at the top of her list to follow for daily motivation. You’ll find her top five picks below.  Read more »

What Are Philly’s Best Secretly Awesome Running Spots?

Yesterday, we relayed the news to you guys that Strava and Runner’s World had teamed up to name the most popular running spots in 20 big U.S. cities. The news of where we Philadelphians log the most miles — the Schuylkill River Trail and the Ben Franklin Bridge — was not particularly surprising. After all, the Schuylkill River Trail boasts 60 miles of completed trail, some of it snaking through a slew of Philadelphia neighborhoods, making it accessible to tons of runners. And the Ben Franklin Bridge is simply an iconic Philly running spot — who can beat that view? (Nobody.)

But what we want to know, more than what the most popular running trails are, is where the secret hidden gems of Philly’s running world are. We asked this question to Philadelphia Runner’s Liz Pagonis for our 2016 Be Well Philly print issue, and she pointed out sweet destinations like the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum (who knew you could find so much wildlife in Southwest Philly?) and the trails of the spooky Woodlands Cemetery.

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The Checkup: All the Protein Mistakes You’re Making (And How to Fix Them)

Protein, much like Britney Spears or calculus, is complicated. You know you need it — but it turns out, many of us are consuming it in the wrong ways, like, for one, by downing way too much at once rather than spreading our servings out from breakfast through dinnertime. Here, six protein mistakes you’re probably making, plus how to correct them. [Women’s Health]

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