To Do: Yoga for Runners at Maha Yoga



If you’re a runner, chances are you’re familiar with the aches and pains that accompany pulled muscles and strained joints. Luckily, Maha Yoga and Healing Arts has created a workshop designed specifically for you!

On October 13th, instructors Lisa and Teagan will lead Yoga for Runners, demonstrating poses that increase range of motion and flexibility in the areas that runners use most (hamstrings, quads, hips, and core). The idea is, by incorporating these poses into your training, you will improve your performance while preventing those all-too-common and totally unwelcome runners’ injuries. (I’m looking at you, torn ACLs.) That means you can spend less time lounging on the couch and icing that hamstring, and more time exploring the trails along Kelly Drive or in the Wissahickon. If you’re interested, learn more about the workshop here.

$25 before October 6th, $35 after, October 13th from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Maha Yoga and Healing Arts, 1700 Sansom Street, sixth floor, Philadelphia.

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The Checkup: 5 Reasons People Abandon Their Diets in Less than a Week

• Here’s a depressing statistic: Only 20 percent of people who decide to begin dieting make it to the three-month mark, according to new research. And get this, two out of five people quit within the first week. If you’re trying to change your eating habits (go you!), check out these five reasons most people fail at their diets and learn how to steer clear of the pitfalls. [Health]

• It’s Thursday, which means by now your desk is probably a total disaster area. Here’s what a messy desk says about you. (Uh-oh.) [New York Times]

• If you’ve got a trip to the ACME in your future, take this healthy grocery-shopping list along for the ride. These smart staples could save you in a pinch. [Fitness Magazine]

• Suffering from arthritis pain? Ugh, I don’t envy you. But here’s something worth noting: If you get serious about your weight-loss efforts and lose 10 percent of your body weight or more, you’ll see some serious pay off in the form of less arthritic pain in your knees, according to a new study. [HealthDay]

• Don’t throw away the seeds! Pumpkin seeds, that is. Here are three creative ways to eat them. []

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New Outdoor Flying Trapeze School Opens Next Week in Kensington

Hold on to your latent circus aspirations, Be Wellers (only me?): Philly’s got a new outdoor trapeze school. Bucks County’s Fly School Circus Arts has officially relocated to 1620 North 5th Street, at 5th and Cecil B. Moore in Kensington, and will celebrate its grand opening weekend October 4th through 6th. The school has been busy getting staff and equipment in place since early August, but the official, open-for-business debut comes next weekend, when it’ll offer lessons for $5 off all weekend long and a beef-n-beer open house on October 5th from 3 to 5 p.m.

Classes, which are $60 for a two-hour lesson, are open to kids and adults ages six and up. They’re offered twice daily on weekdays and three times a day on weekends. From 25 feet in the air on the trapeze rig (eek!), you’ll learn how to take off from the platform, swing, transfer to a partner and drop safely to the net below.

More info on class times and reservations is here.

The Checkup: 16 People in Spin Class Who Secretly Drive You Crazy

• This one’s an oldie, but since I just discovered it and haven’t shared it here, we’ll pretend it’s new, okay? From The Texter to The Fawner to The Guy Who’s So Happy He Can’t Control It, check out this hilariously accurate, illustrated guide to 16 types of people you’re destined to spot in a Spin class. Question is: Which one are you? [RateYourBurn]

• Jump! No seriously—you should start jumping more. It’s a really good way to get in shape fast. [Greatist]

• Love riding your bike? Here are three biking vacations you should take. [New York Times]

• Someday, there could be a vaccine for cocaine. And alcohol. And nicotine. Behold: the addiction vaccine. [New York Magazine]

• Give kale and quinoa a break. Try these other superfoods from around the world. [HuffPost Healthy Living]

Free Kettlebell Boot Camp This Weekend

Here’s an idea: Why not ditch your long-run plans this weekend and head to Center City for a free boot camp workout instead? Philly Phitness Personal Training is offering the free conditioning workout—with a special emphasis on kettlebell training—on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.

The workout takes place at Philly Phitness’s studio (130 South 17th Street), but the group will head over to nearby City Sports (1608 Walnut Street) afterward for refreshments and special shopping deals. RSVP here.

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BeWOW: Do-It-Yourself Cross-Training Run

Did you come out for the Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run with Unite Fitness and Philadelphia Runner last week? We had an absolute blast running through the city and stopping along the way to do some conditioning work.

This week’s workout is just like the Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, except you can do it at your own pace. It makes the most out of your sweat time by combining cardio and strength. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the lovely fall weather that’s in store for our region this week.

Here’s what you’re going to do …

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The Checkup: How to Make Your Own Energy Bars in 3 Easy Steps

• Save some cash (and possibly some calories) by making your own energy and granola bars at home. Here’s how to do it. [Well + Good NYC]

• Why you should never, ever, ever leave your running shoes in the car. (I had no idea!) [Real Simple]

• Thinking of running a marathon? There are three reasons why you shouldn’t. [Competitor]

• Gah! Here are nine foods you could have sworn were vegetarian but really aren’t. [HuffPost Healthy Living]

• Bells, meet whistles. Check out the pretty new Forerunner GPS watches from Garmin. [Runner’s World]

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The Checkup: 10 Foods Fit People Should Avoid

• Do one marathon or one bike race or one triathlon, and you’ll realize it: What you put into your body really, really, really matters when it comes to performance. Here’s a list of 10 energy-sapping, performance-sabatoging foods that athletes (including you!) should avoid at all cost. [Outside]

• Here’s a package that’ll make you blush. Introducing Unbound, a Birchbox like product-delivery service that specializes in sex toys. [Women’s Health]

Workout ruts are the worst. Here are 17 proven ways to break out of them. [HuffPost Healthy Living]

• Neat! Check out these cool fitness gadgets that’ll get you moving in high-tech style this fall. [Refinery 29]

• Show your lower half who’s boss this weekend. Tackle this terrific ab-and-butt workout you can do outdoors in the fresh air. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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Glen Mills Is Getting a Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Because I know you’ve all been dyyyying to try a SkyRobics trampoline fitness class ever since I posted about it back in April, I thought some of you might be happy to hear that Sky Zone, the massive indoor trampoline park in Oaks where I took the class, is opening a closer-to-Philly location in Glen Mills in November. It will be the 41st Sky Zone location in the country when it opens.

The Delco Sky Zone will be at 10 Conchester Road, at the intersection of Route 1 and 322. The location will offer SkyRobics (woot!) as well as dodgeball leagues and other tournaments. And, of course, you can always just go there to bounce on the wall to wall to wall trampolines on your own.

According to, the company is also planning locations in Chalfont (coming spring 2014), Allentown (date TBA) and Langhorne (date TBA).

The Checkup: 10 Cutest (and Tech-iest) Workout Tights for Fall

We already tackled your shoes, so that brings us to your legs. Here are the best running tights (with some reeeeeally cute patterns, colors and other details) for fall 2013. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

• The labels on your beauty and bath products—finally decoded. [Refinery 29]

• How to stop muscle cramps before they even start. (Pay attention, runners.) [Runner’s World]

• Do you love going to barre or Spin class? Good thing, because sweating in a group is really good for your mental health. [Prevention]

• If you’re in the market for a new yoga mat, here are 10 terrific options. [Fitness Magazine]

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