• Chances are, you own an ice cube tray. And chances are, you’re going to want to dump ALL the ice cubes out of it and use it in one of these brilliant ways, ASAP. From making honey-peach fro-yo bites (Oh. My. Gosh.) to frozen avocado cubes for smoothies, the world is your oyster when it comes to your ice cube tray. [Well + Good]
If you don’t have a resistance band lying around your house somewhere, you should run out and grab one, stat. These portable, travel-friendly exercise bands are the perfect way to ease yourself into strength training if you’re a beginner or change things up when your workout routine is getting a little too, well, routine.
To get you started with your resistance-band obsession, we’ve rounded up 19 ways to use a resistance band to get ripped, below. From full-body workouts that shred every muscle in your body, to specific exercises that zoom in one muscle group, like your core and glutes, we’ve got you covered, below.
BIG news, people: Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly issue — complete with 275 brand-new picks for everything from the best coffee (a must-know) to the best local kombucha (another MUST-know) to the best work clothes you could work out in (need I say it again?) — is now out on newsstands and online.
And before you run to get your hands on a copy, below we’re giving you a taste of the can’t-miss fitness picks you’ll find on the pages. Here, four awesome fitness all-stars in Philly who you need to know about right now. Read up, then run out and get yourself a copy of this year’s Best of Philly issue so you can spend your evening reading up on the rest of this year’s winners — maybe with a kombucha cocktail in-hand?
This workout will challenge your entire body using only one free weight. Pretty cool, right? And you don’t even need very much space to bust this workout out, so you’re officially running out of excuses not to do it.
So, your instructions: All you need to do is complete 12 reps of the six exercises listed below for a total of five rounds. So grab a weight that is challenging for all of the exercises and get sweating, folks!
Question: Would you ever, in a million years, willingly run two miles with your ex boyfriend or girlfriend? I’m going to have to go with a solid absolutely NOT on that one, but I’m betting some folks — you know, the people with serious competitive streaks out there — will be doing just that over the next few weeks. Why? Run215’s Bingo Challenge, that’s why.
If you’ve spent most of your summer glued to your beach chair, it’s probably time you got a quality sweat session in. After all, you’ve got to counteract a summer’s worth of beachside beermosas somehow. To point you in the right calorie-burning direction, we got five Philly fitness pros to dish on their favorite Shore workouts, from killer yoga classes to beach boot camps. Take your pick, soon-to-be-reformed beach bums. Read more »
This workout is going to target your upper body in just eight moves. To complete the workout you are going to work with four pairs of exercises, doing each pair for the assigned number of reps five times through before moving on to the next pair.
And to all you speed demons out there: This workout is not cardio-based, so make sure you focus on using good form and the appropriate weight so that each set is a challenge, rather than powering through it as fast as you can.
If you were hoping the weather gods would have some mercy on us all and turn the temperature down a few notches, we’re right there with you. But alas, with the forecast calling for temps in the high 80s and 90s all week, it appears that’s just not going to happen (sigh.)
And we all know, when it’s so toasty you’re drenched as soon as you step outside, motivating yourself to voluntarily sweat can be a real struggle. If you’re anything like us, you end up relying on the motivating powers of a good workout playlist. So we want to know: What are your go-to songs to push you to the finish line of the sweatiest, most-grueling workouts ever? For the good of your fellow fit humans, tell us! Once we hear back from you, we’ll put together the ultimate summertime workout playlist, complete with all of your favorites (plus a few of our own, of course), on Spotify.
• Sometimes I wake up and swear I only slept for 15 minutes and I know a siesta is necessary in my near future unless I’d like to be a miserable human being for the rest of the day. But a sleep expert out of Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine says sleeping in or squeezing a nap in after a crappy night of sleep probably isn’t the best way to deal, actually: according to him, the best way to cope with a lack of sleep isn’t to try to make up for it the next day but to just suck it up throughout the day so you are sleepy enough to get back on track the next night—sleeping in or squeezing in an hours-long afternoon nap could actually backfire on you come bedtime, screwing up your sleep for way longer than one night. [Science of Us] Read more »