BeWOW: The 900-Rep Challenge

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The number to remember for your workout this week is 25, guys. That’s 25 reps of each exercise for a whopping 25 rounds. Just kidding! Scared you, didn’t I? Here’s the real deal: You’re going to do 25 reps of each exercise for four rounds. Easy, right? Try to move through the rounds as quickly as possible, taking breaks only when you need them. You’ll end up doing 100 reps of each exercise—that’s 900 reps total! Pretty impressive, if I do say so myself.

Here are your exercises. Happy sweating, Be Wellers!
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What to Eat This Week: Simple Six-Ingredient Dinners

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Confession: At least once a week, I toast two slices of bread, top them with mashed avocado, lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil, and about a jar’s worth of chili flakes and call it dinner. Why? Because I’m lazy. And I’m guessing you have your lazy days, too.

As someone who’s had her fair share of lazy days, I know: When just walking to the kitchen feels like work, a recipe that requires a bazillion and one ingredients is just not happening. So to help you make it through those lazy days without having to resort to cereal for dinner, we’ve brought you a week’s worth of recipes with a max of six ingredients (not including kitchen staples like salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic)—a hearty avocado toast included. Happy cooking, friends!

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Sing-Out-Loud Karaoke Favorites

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This week’s playlist was a real team effort, you guys. Earlier today, I asked Philly Mag staffers to send their favorite karaoke songs for a singalong edition of our weekly playlist series and, my goodness, did they deliver. The query actually ignited quite the conversation about which karaoke song is the BEST karaoke song, but I’ll let you peruse our selections below and decide.

As the headline implies, this playlist meant to get you to sing aloud. Like, actually out loud while you work out. Have you ever done it? People will look at you like you are insane, but it’s totally worth it because there is no better way to have a blast while you run, spin, burpee, whatever than by singing aloud as you do it. I promise.

So check out this week’s genre- and decade-spanning playlist, clear your throat, and Belt. It. Out. Your adoring public awaits.

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10 Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings You Can Whip Up in No Time

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As I began writing out recipes for some of my favorite homemade salad dressings, I kept futzing with their names; I realized they all included phrases like “guilt-free” or “low-cal,” which is completely redundant because every single one of the recipes below is not only delicious, but totally healthy and light on calories. That’s a pretty good problem to have, right?

For the creamy dressings, you’ll need a blender or food processor; just put the ingredients in, turn it on, and let it go for 10 seconds or so until well combined. Store in a jar in the fridge.

For the vinaigrettes, a blender is useful to emulsify but it’s not required: All you really need for these is a mason jar. Place all ingredients inside and shake away. The mixture can be kept (lid on) in your fridge until you’re ready to use it. It might need a refresher shake but you should be good to go.

The Basic Italian Vinaigrette is the one I use several times per week, as it’s simple and comes together in a flash, but with the variety below you’re sure to find your favorite.

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You Deserve It: 8 Places to Get Organic Beauty Treatments in the Philly Region

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The other day, I treated myself to a much-needed pedicure and foot massage, and let me tell you, it was aaaaamazing. But the joy surrounding the fact that I could finally wear sandals shame-free again was soon overshadowed by a scary study on triclosan, a harmful chemical found in many antibacterial products, cosmetics and even toothpastes. I realized I had absolutely no idea what kinds of chemicals were lurking in the soaps, lotions or even polishes that cover my skin. That grossed me out even more than my un-pedicured toes had—and that’s saying a lot.

I decided to contact Philly health coach Jolene Hart, former InStyle beauty editor and author of Eat Pretty, to get the lowdown on where I could get primped and pampered in Philly, toxin-free, next time around. As Hart told me, “I love spa services, but I want the oil, lotion, serum or cleanser used on my skin to be free of ingredients that could potentially disrupt my hormone balance, or cause other health issues. Our skin absorbs a significant amount of what is applied to it, and I want all of those ingredients to be as safe as possible.” I’m with her.

Here, eight spots to score organic beauty services in Philly. Whether you’re looking to get an organic facial, keratin treatment, manicure or spray tan, we’ve got a spot for you. Check them out below.

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Free Philly 10K Training Run with Be Well Philly and Philadelphia Runner

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Can you believe that as of this Saturday, we’re just three weeks out from The Philly 10K? I hope you’re as jazzed as we are. The folks over at Philadelphia Runner still have a few surprises up their sleeve for this debut race, so stay tuned as we reveal them in the days ahead.

For now, I want you to add Thursday, August 21st to your calendar for our second and final group training run for the Philly 10K. Go ahead. Open your Google Calendar. I’ll wait …

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