The Prettiest Fitness Challenge Ever: Tackle All of the Wissahickon’s Trails

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The Wissahickon | Photo by Flickr user Pauline Rosenberg

There isn’t much better incentive to get your heart rate up in the great outdoors come fall than the promise of catching a good glimpse of the season’s lovely, Hallmark-card-worthy red, orange and yellow leaves, are we right? And one of the very best spots to take them in? The Wissahickon, of course. And this fall, Friends of the Wissahickon is challenging everyone to put on their hiking boots, bike helmets and running shoes and tackle ALL of the Wissahickon’s trails — that would be over 50 miles of them — with their All Trails Challenge. Just think of all the Instagram-worthy, fall-leaf-filled photo ops!

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Here’s a Brand-New Map of All of Philly’s Bike Lanes

Philly Bike Map from the City Planning Commission

Courtesy of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Navigating for bikers just got a little bit easier.

For the first time since 2014, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission released a new map of Philly’s bike lanes, and it’s got every bike lane (buffered and conventional), bike trail, bike route, bike share station, sharrow and “conflict zone” you need to know about. It’s available to download here.

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The Checkup: The Most Efficient Exercise to Strengthen Your Entire Core

• A recent study put folks to work, having them perform a slew of of abs-strengthening exercises while hooked up to electrodes to determine which exercises worked the core muscles most efficiently. The winner when it came to the entire core? A fancy plank with legs on a stability ball and arms on the ground, paired with alternating leg lifts. Here’s to saving time at the gym! [Women’s Health]

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PopeRide and Philly Naked Bike Ride Organizers Team Up for Huge DNC Ride

Another big Philly moment in history, another big group bike ride to go along with it: Alexandria Schneider, the organizer of the PopeRide — the giant for-fun group bike ride that took over Philly’s car-free streets during Pope Francis’ visit — and Maria Serrahima, an organizer of the Philly Naked Bike Ride, have teamed up to put on RideDNC, a 12-ish-mile group bike ride down Broad Street during the DNC. And — wait for it — the plan is for the ride to end with a party, complete with dancing and glow sticks galore, on the closed-to-cars Broad Street in South Philly.

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The Checkup: The Body Part You Need to Start Properly Protecting From the Sun

• I’ll admit it, I am the biggest culprit when it comes to stocking up on cheap (but cute — I swear!) sunglasses so I don’t have to dish out a few hundos on a nice pair I will probably break or lose. But we should all reconsider making that investment. Not only are those cheap, dark-shaded sunglasses not protecting your eyes from UV light, but they could actually be doing you more harm than good. [SELF]

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University City District Wants to Reduce Your Encounters With Overcrowded, Rage-Inducing Bike Parking

You know when you sweat your face off biking to your destination, hop off your bike, look around for bike parking and realize there is none? Or worse, you see that the bike parking that is there is stuffed with what looks like every single bike from the entire neighborhood in a jumbled mess that definitely doesn’t have any room for one more to be added to the pile? When this happens, you could cry tears of rage — or, if it happens to happen in University City, you could take a photo of said jumbled mess in the hopes that, thanks to your photo, more bike parking eventually gets plopped down there. Read more »

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