How Running Ultramarathons Changed My Life

Rebecca Barber, running with her signature braided pigtails.

Rebecca Barber, running with her signature braided pigtails.

I’ve run 5Ks before, a few Broad Streets, and even a handful of half marathons, but I’ve never approached anything close to the mileage local ultramarathoner Rebecca Barber logs on, say, a rainy Tuesday.

She’s the founder of the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run and a 17-time ultramarathoner and, man, let me tell you, this gal has stories. In fact, one of her stories, about what it was like completing a 100-mile trail race earlier this year in Florida, is what prompted me to invite her to speak at this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp, coming up on June 4th. Her topic? How running crazy-long distances has challenged her and changed her life in some pretty radical and unexpected ways.

Below, I chatted with Rebecca about some of what she’ll share at her Boot Camp session to give you a taste of the awesomeness she has planned. But you can hear her speak and pick her brain at the 10:30 a.m. session in our Speakers’ Lounge. Check out the full lineup of Boot Camp fun here, and snag a ticket while you still canRead more »

How to Eat Clean and Lose Weight: The Un-diet Diet

Ah, the word “diet” — perhaps the most fraught and misunderstood word in the health-and-wellness dictionary.

And it’s no wonder: A quick Google search for the word diet turns up over 450 million results, from top 10 lists to diet myths to articles showcasing experts from every conceivable side of the debate. Diets are good. Diets are bad. Diets are super effective. Oh, wait — no they’re not.

We here at Be Well are sick of all the back-and-forth, the questions and the confusion surrounding this most hotly debated topic. So we wanted the straight truth, the facts to help us decide what makes for a really good, long-term diet — in the least diet-y sense of the word. Read more »

Where to Learn How to Whip Up Healthy Meals Like a Philly Pro (From Philly Chefs!) Next Month 

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ve probably seen us wax poetic about Be Well Philly Boot Camp — our wonderful ladies-only day of ALL things wellness coming up June 4th — at some point over the past few weeks. I mean, what with all the fitness classes (20 total!), the amazing inspirational speakers and the post-sweat healthy happy hour, it deserves some gushing over. But one thing we haven’t told you guys a whole lot about yet is the Culinary Demo Stage. So let me tell you: We have some awesome chefs lined up to school you on how to throw down in the kitchen like a pro. Read more »

Awesome News: SUP Yoga Now on the Lineup for Be Well Philly Boot Camp!

Indoor SUP Yoga at Drexel | Photo via Aqua Vida

Indoor SUP Yoga at Drexel | Photo via Aqua Vida

Guys, guys, guys: We have some VERY exciting news to share. You ready? We just made an awesome addition to our fitness lineup for Be Well Philly Boot Camp, our annual day of all things wellness for women, coming up June 4th at Drexel Recreation Center. Drumroll, please: The ladies from Aqua Vida — the same gals behind SUP Yoga at Spruce Street Harbor Park — will be hosting two indoor stand-up paddleboard yoga classes during this year’s Boot Camp. Eeeeeee! Read more »

Why Your Pelvic Floor Is the Secret to a Stronger Core and Better Sex

Christina Stoltz at Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2013 | Photo by JPG Photography

Christina Stoltz at Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2013 | Photo by JPG Photography

This year is seriously flying by, you guys. I mean, it’s almost May, for goodness’ sake, which means we’re just over a month out from the fifth annual Be Well Philly Boot Camp, our massive day of fitness and wellness just for women. It’s a day of positivity, empowerment and motivation, and a celebration of all-around female badassery, with amped-up fitness classes, inspiring speakers, top local chefs and lots more. In a nutshell, it is awesome.

Over the next month, we’ll be previewing some of what’s in store for this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp participants. First up, we chatted with Christina Stoltz, owner of the Pilates-based Northern Liberties fitness studio, Ploome. We’re huge fans of Christina around these parts, and if you’ve been to Boot Camp before, you probably remember her oh-so-fabulous outdoor fitness classes. This year, she’ll be leading a new-to-Boot Camp class called Stripp’d: Cardio-Core Workout in our outdoor fitness tent, but she’ll also be pulling double duty as a featured speaker in our Speakers’ Lounge.  Read more »

It’s Here! Check Out the Full Schedule for Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2016 

Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2015 | Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2015 | Photo by Susan Nam

We’ve been keeping our lips sealed about the schedule for this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp, our annual, just-for-women event filled with all things health and fitness, coming up Saturday, June 4th. But no more! We are so, so, so excited to tell you about all the fun fitness classes, culinary demos and speakers we have lined up for you this year.

Below, to give you a taste of what you can expect, we’ve highlighted just a few of the many awesome people and classes you’ll find on this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp lineup. Read up, then hop over here to see the full lineup and snag your ticket, if you haven’t already. Read more »

Save the Date for Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2016!

Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2015 | Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2015 | Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly Boot Camp is back for its fifth year! Can you tell we’re kind of, maybe, outrageously excited?

Our annual fitness and wellness event for women will return to the Drexel Recreation Center on Saturday, June 4th, with a whole new lineup of fitness classes, inspirational speakers, chef-led cooking demos, marketplace vendors, a healthy happy hour, all sorts of delicious healthy eats and more. If you’re currently thinking, “That sounds amazing!” then you, my friend, are 100 percent correct. Read more »

Our Favorite Instagram Photos from Be Well Philly Boot Camp

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We can’t believe Be Well Philly Boot Camp came and went so quickly, over here in Be Well Philly Land! We had a blast with all of you this past Saturday: Drexel Recreation Center was packed with folks soaking up healthy-cooking knowledge, getting their sweat on, listening to speakers, and shopping in the Marketplace. And of course, getting their much-deserved happy hour on afterward. It was an awesome day.

And thanks to all of your Tweets and Instagram photos, we’re pretty much 100 percent sure you all thought so, too. Below, a handful of our favorite photos from this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ll just be scrolling through these over and over with a stupid grin our faces. Until next year, Boot Campers!

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Weekend Guide: VegFest, First-Ever Fit Friday at Philadelphia Runner — And More Fit and Fun Things to Do

Allongée | Photo via Facebook

Allongée | Photo via Facebook

The weekend is almost here, folks! Over here in Be Well Philly Land, we are counting down the minutes to Be Well Philly Boot Camp, but there are also a ton of other fun fitness events on the books for this weekend, from the festival of every vegetarian’s dreams (otherwise known as VegFest) to the first Fit Friday at Philadelphia Runner, and more. Check ‘em out below.

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