To Do: Namas Day Yoga Festival in Wayne

A full day of yoga, food education and mind-cleansing?  If you thought you could only get that kind of treatment at a spiritual retreat, think again. On October 6th, Philly Area Yoga is hosting the second annual Namas Day at the Wayne Art Center.  This jam-packed event offers 19 different workshops on topics ranging from meditation to Reiki healing to food as medicine and more.

To stock up on your yoga knowledge, and maybe even learn how to master that impossible headstand pose, register here. And, if you can’t commit to spending an entire day in yoga paradise (because, ugh, errands), no worries—you can also register for workshops individually.

$110 full day pass or $30 to 35 for an individual workshop; October 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave, Wayne.

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30.6 Miles: Distance of the Actual Rocky Run

I’ve witnessed more than a few people doing their best Rocky impression as they run up the Art Museum steps and hop around, arms in the air, at the top. But the thing is, if you watch Rocky II, you realize quickly that Sylvester Stallone was supposed to have run a heck of a lot further than just those 70 or so steps in front of the Art Museum. Just how much further? A whopping 30.61 miles through the city, according to a new (and very, very scientific) analysis by our friends over at the Philly Post.

Rocky aficionado Dan McQuade, in his words, “pieced together the routes Rocky could have traveled from scene to scene in this training montage and calculated distance.” Now, that’s dedication, people. Check out the scene-by-scene breakdown here.

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The Checkup: 25 Hottest Running Shoes for Fall

• Time to upgrade your running kicks? Check out these 25 wacky, wild, ultra-bright sneakers on store shelves this season. Seriously—these shoes are hot! [Competitor]

• If you didn’t get a good night’s sleep last night, you might want to skip that trip to the ACME after work. New research found that grocery shopping while tired can lead you to make less healthy food choices—even if you’re not shopping on an empty stomach. [Runner’s World]

• Switch up your tired smoothie routine with this extra-green spinach smoothie. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

• Here’s what it looks like when a bunch of pro runners walk the runway during Fashion Week. (Spoiler: So. Many. Six-pack. Abs.) [Nolcha  Fashion Week]

• If you only eat five foods ever again, make them these. [Outside Magazine]

The Checkup: Science-Backed Tips for Avoiding and Curing Hangovers


• Happy almost weekend! If you’re planning on hitting the bar tonight or tomorrow (or both), read this first: a foolproof, science-backed guide for avoiding hangovers. Seriously—the You of the future will thank you for this. [Greatist]

• You know when you’re a half mile from the finish line, or 10 reps from the end of a CrossFit W.O.D., or 20 plyos from the end of a Lithe class, and you just feel like you can’t, won’t, and will no-way-in-Hades make it to the end? Yeah, we’ve all been there. Try memorizing one of these 41 inspiring quotes from runners, and the next time you feel like you’re hitting a wall, maybe that mantra will be just the thing to get you through. [Thought Catalog]

• September is National Pain Awareness Month (who knew, right?), so I thought this would be particularly relevant: all the pain myths you’ve ever heard, busted by a local doctor. [Einstein Health]

Tofu is not scary! Really! And you (yes, even you) can make delicious things out of it. This very useful tofu primer will get you started. [Food52]

• This is a direct order from the First Lady of the United States: Drink more water. [HuffPost Healthy Living]

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Study: High-Intensity Exercise Helps You Eat Less


My body must defy science or something because I swear, when I work out really, really hard, I’m pretty much starving afterwards. But pay no attention to me, I guess, and listen to the findings of the latest study on appetite and exercise—namely, that intense exercise actually suppresses appetite.

Here’s why: Researchers at the University of Western Australia took 17 overweight but otherwise healthy men and had them hang out at the lab on four separate days. The first day, really, all the did was hang out: The men read or rested for 30 minutes. On the other three days, the men completed workouts that ranged from moderately demanding to slightly more demanding to very demanding. All of the workouts lasted for 30 minutes.

Before and after their time in the lab, researchers drew some blood to record the levels of certain hormones and other substances that have been shown to influence appetite. They also fed the men a so-called “liquid breakfast” (I’m thinking a smoothie) right after their workouts, and 70 minutes later, offered them a “sweetened but bland porridge,” according to the New York Times. “The researchers wanted to avoid rich aromas or other aspects of food that might influence the men’s desire to eat; they hoped to isolate the effects of pure appetite—which needs to be robust to make porridge enticing,” it explains.

Now for the kicker:

As it turned out, gruel was quite appealing to the men after resting or pedaling moderately; they loaded their bowls. But their appetites were noticeably blunted by each of the interval workouts, and in particular by the most strenuous 15-second intervals. After that session, the men picked at their porridge, consuming significantly less than after resting or training moderately.

They also displayed significantly lower levels of the hormone ghrelin, which is known to stimulate appetite, and elevated levels of both blood lactate and blood sugar, which have been shown to lessen the drive to eat, after the most vigorous interval session than after the other workouts.

After the high-intesity workout, the men also continued to eat less through the following day, which means the appetite-suppressing effect had at least some longer-term effect. Researchers caution, however, that the effect on appetite of high-intensity workouts over time hasn’t yet been studied or determined, so it’s too early to say if doing a lot of HIIT workouts would translate into a measurable weight loss—but it does stand to reason.

If you’re looking for some high-intensity workouts to get you started, check out our BeWOW series for some good ideas. Many of the workouts we’ve posted weekly for over the past year are fair game.

The Checkup: 14 Hilarious Treadmill Fails (GIFs)


• I’ve had my fair share of embarrassing moments at the gym, but I can honestly say I’ve never actually flown off the back of a treadmill before. Neither have I, for that matter, attempted to walk on a treadmill on my hands, only to flip over backwards and shoot of the back. These 14 sad, sad people can’t say the same. [Mashable]

• Snack happy for a month: 30 healthy, homemade snacks for under 150 calories. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

• The difference between hot yoga and Bikram, explained. (Yes, it’s more than just the temperature of the room.) [Boston Magazine]

• Here’s how to tell if someone is lying to you over text message. [HealthDay]

• Get your grocery list handy: Eat these five superfoods for peak fitness performance. [Health]

Perfect Excuse for a Midday Workout: Run at Work Day Is Next Week

There’s no doubt about it: Staying active can be difficult when your job requires staring at a computer screen for nine hours straight. And, no, swiveling around in your desk chair does not count as exercise.

According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults and children should be getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. But with the lures of post-work Law and Order marathons (I mean, who can resist?) and after-school video games beating out after-school sports, many adults and kids are slacking off in the exercise department.

The Road Runners Club of America is encouraging us to fight the laziness-epidemic with its eighth annual RUN@WORK Day on September 20th. Why? Because, according to its website, “If adults can lead by example, if companies can encourage healthy living through physical activity promotion, then together we can combat the national inactivity crisis gripping our nation and our children.”

To be clear, just because it’s called “RUN@WORK Day” doesn’t mean you have to actually run at work. Any kind of physical activity will do: a few yoga poses, a walk around the block, a lunchtime bike ride. So mark your calendars for a week from Friday and pick a time to ditch the desk, dust off those running shoes and gather your coworkers for a fun mid-work exercise jolt. Who knows? You might even make a habit of it.

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The Checkup: 32 Workout Ideas for Any Fitness Level and Goal


• Whether you’ve just finished the Couch to 5K program (or haven’t started it at all) or have six marathons under your belt, one thing is for certain: We could all use a new workout plan every now and then just to keep things interesting. That’s why this terrific roundup of 32 activities for any and all fitness levels—from no-equipment-needed workouts to at-home yoga routines—caught my eye. Here’s to some much-needed change. [Greatist]

• The photo in this post gives me the worst case of the heebie jeebies EVER. Which means, I guess, that I’m trypophobic. You? [Refinery29]

• Guess what? Your brain needs a workout, too. Here’s how an EEG machine can train your brain. [Q by Equinox]

• Attention new moms: Most meds are okay to take while breastfeeding, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. [Women’s Health]

• Well, I’ll be darned. Those super graphic anti-smoking ads—you know the ones with those scary pictures and videos of ex-smokers with missing limbs or holes in their necks from tracheotomies—have prompted at least 100,000 smokers to quit for good, according to a new study by the CDC. [USA Today]

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