Our friends at Be Well Philly have a point when they talk about out how many potentially gross and harmful chemicals there are in the things we slather all over our bodies on a daily basis (lotions, nail polishes, shampoos, soaps, oils—you name it), and boy are we glad being recently grossed out led them to seek out alternatives in Philly, because we ended up with a really awesome roundup to share with you today!
You can thank Be Well Philly, ladies, for steering you towards a simple exercise you can do at home that’ll get your arms ripped and toned for your Big Day.
Our health-and-fitness-minded friends found this article over at Prevention, which cites recent research that discovered what the most effective exercise is for sculpting your arm muscles. (Scientists literally had men and women perform a battery of arm exercises with electrodes strapped to their biceps to test muscle activation.)
Our buds over at Be Well were talking about this article this week, and because we love anything that’s timeless, classic, and no-frills, we’re sharing it with you, too.
It’s a breakdown from Women’s Health on the only five strength-training exercises that anyone really needs to do—no need for new-fangled or fancy or complicated!—because altogether, they basically hit your entire body. (And better yet, you don’t need to be in a gym to do them!)
Add these moves into some cardio, some good nutrition, and you’re pretty much good to go on your journey to get fabulously dress-ready before you rock it down that aisle.
For more on bridal health, fitness and nutrition go here.
As evidenced by the many posts that have been penned on the topic (like here and here), juicing is quite a popular trend amongst all of us Philly Mag staffers, not just here at PW. But the thing is, over the years, juicing has become so popular, and so many juice spots have opened up in Philly, that we’ve needed to keep up to help our readers know what’s best.
With the help of our buds over at Be Well Philly, we stay pretty well-informed of the fitness scene here in Philly. If you haven’t already read up on the variety of classes offered around the city, you’re missing out, because there really are a ton of unique ways to get your workout on these days (paddleboard yoga, anyone?).
And since we always have you, our readers, in mind, we’re particularly fond of the local studios that have created special workouts and fitness packages just for brides-to-be. We know working out can oftentimes get tossed on the back burner when the stresses of wedding planning take over, so we’re all for a program that makes it just a bit easier (and more fun) to fit exercising into your schedule.
Bridal Fitness: Here’s How to Keep Your Wedding Fitness Goals on Track, Even When You Weekend at the Shore
I don’t know about you guys, but my Shore weekends during the summer get me all kinds of off track when it comes to working out. Even if I’m in a good groove during the week, when you wake up on a Saturday morning in Avalon and the sun is shining and the breeze is blowing and the coffee has already been brewed and both your top deck and the beach are beckoning, it is whoa-hard to strap on your sneakers and get to it.
Study: Tell Him to Put a Ring On It Because Marriage Is Better for Mens’ Health Than Just Cohabitating
It’s not really shocking to hear, via a new study by the United States National Center for Health Statistics, that married men see the doctor more than single men. To oversimplify (and stereotype, but whatever), married men have spouses who shove them off to appointments regularly and hide the cookies when they’ve been overindulging. Single men subsist on refrigerators full of ketchup and Bud Light.
We know, dear brides, that two of the things that are currently at the forefront of your minds as you navigate this path towards your wedding day are 1) how ardently you want to stick to your health and fitness plan to get dress-ready before you walk down the aisle … and, 2) well, just how stinking busy you are!
Thanks to our buds at Be Well Philly, we will begin our weekends tonight by making Summer Macaroons—the lemon ones, we think—and you can now add to your repertoire 15 new desserts that not only can you easily whip up in your very own kitchen, they are so healthy, you needn’t fear that they are throwing you off your disciplined quest to rock the heck out of that mermaid gown you just bought come your wedding day.