FYI: You Can Work Out With the Bachelorette’s Shawn Booth in Philly

CitySTRONG event | Photo credit: Zach Harrison Photography

CitySTRONG event | Photo credit: Zach Harrison Photography

On Saturday, March 25th, Philadelphia will be graced with the presence of two (2!) Bachelorette celebs: Shawn Booth, who won the heart and hand of Kaitlyn Bristowe on season 11 of the show, and the Bachelorette herself. And it gets better: They’re hosting a workout — and you’re invited. (We promise not to judge if you’re jumping with joy.)

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Find Your Tribe: The Ultimate Guide to Running Groups in Philly

Let’s be honest: Running is much easier when you have someone to chat with to take your mind off of the fact that your legs might start a protest and stop moving on you any second. And I won’t even bring up the various foot issues or occasional chafing — you runners know exactly what I’m talking about. As it turns out, running groups are a means of both distraction and encouragement.

If you’re looking for both of those things this spring training season, peruse this list and you’re bound to stumble upon a running group that’s the right fit for you. We’ve got all the bases covered, from trail-running groups to training groups to beer-running groups, with meet-up locations all over Philly and in the ‘burbs. So take your pick and get movin’!  Read more »

Do This: Free Yoga at South Philly’s Bok Building

HgAthletics pop-up yoga at 30th Street Station | Photo via Facebook

HgAthletics pop-up yoga at 30th Street Station | Photo via Facebook

Yogis, rejoice! Our friends over at Honeygrow’s HgAthletics are teaming up with PLUSgives and yoga instructor Alex Holmes tonight, February 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. for a free pop-up vinyasa flow class. And yes, you are invited.

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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 »

5 Common Workout Mistakes That Make Philly Fitness Trainers Cringe

Nothing kills an exercise high quite like injury — especially when it’s an injury you could have prevented. Here, at Be Well, we want you all to be as healthy as can be. So, to learn about common workout mistakes that can cause injury (and how to avoid that mess), we went to the professionals, asking Philly fitness trainers and running coaches what the top injury-inducing mistakes they see their clients making are. Because no one wants to be benched after just getting into the groove. Follow this wisdom and you’ll be movin’ and groovin’ through your workouts — safely. Read more »

Wait — Is It Actually Worth It to Join a Gym?

It’s that time of the year when everyone’s asking the question: Should I join a gym? And this question is probably forcing you to ask yourself the question: But wait, will it be a waste of my hard-earned dough? To help you make up your mind, Iowa State University conducted a study, published in PLOS ONE, to see just how much healthier gym members — gym members who actually use their memberships, that is — are than those without gym memberships. The short answer: Much.  Read more »

Shark Tank to Feature Philly-Made SmartPlate

Martin Dell'Arciprete pitches SmartPlate on Shark Tank. (ABC/Michael Desmond)

Martin Dell’Arciprete pitches SmartPlate on Shark Tank. (ABC/Michael Desmond)

Every startup company is looking for one thing: traction. Maybe they get some momentum after a speaking engagement, news article or crowdfunding campaign, but there’s one thing that’s sure to bring serious attention every time: ABC’s hit TV show Shark Tank.

The folks at Philly-based Fitly certainly hope so. The company’s signature product, SmartPlate will be featured on February 12.

SmartPlate analyzes your food and offers calorie counts and other nutritional information. It uses three digital cameras and advanced image recognition and weight sensors to identify the food. Then it calculates how much protein, fat, carbs and sugar you’re about to consume. Plus it’s microwavable and dishwasher safe, its founder says. Read more »

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