Here are your workout directions for today: You’re going to do each of the exercises below for 20 seconds. We know — it’s not a lot of time, but each round is all about speed. The idea is to do as many reps as you can quickly, with good form, before moving on to the next exercise. The entire circuit will take five minutes, so complete the whole thing as many times as you can in the time you have available. Create a goal or time limit before you get started and work towards that. Or, if you only have a few minutes to spare, break it up and do it a few times throughout the day! All you’ll need to have on hand is a pair of dumbbells.
It’s that time of year again, friends! Time for Philadelphia magazine’s “Best of Philly” issue featuring a whopping 295 new picks for everything from the best happy-hour scene in Philly (VERY important information) to the best unintimidating X-rated shop (hey, the more ya know, ya know?) to —drumroll, please — the best of the health and wellness world in Philly right now.
• Effective weight-loss hacks are never as easy as they sound — except for this one. This one-minute post-pee workout will give you a good burn, even when you don’t have time to hit the gym. The catch? You’ve got to do it every time you go to the bathroom, which is about six times a day for the average woman. Here, get the full mini workout of push-ups, lunges, and squats. (Sorry, but the squat it took you to get your bum on the toilet doesn’t count.) [PopSugar]
• Let’s give the doctors over at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia a round of applause: Twin infants who were born conjoined at the head were just separated by doctors at the hospital in a procedure called craniopagus surgery, which has only been performed 59 times since 1952. The twins, who are almost a year old, are now recovering from the surgery at CHOP. [Philly.com]
Everything is more fun with friends, and that is especially true for this week’s workout. So grab your workout buddy, find a track or a treadmill, and start sweating. And if you can’t convince anyone to do this workout with you (we get it — it’s hot), not to fear: You can also go it solo.
Here’s what you will do: One partner will sprint while the other does a circuit of exercises. Each round will take a total of six minutes — three minutes sprinting and three minutes doing exercises. Each three-minute segment will be broken down into 30-second intervals. So, while one partner is doing the circuit of exercises, doing each exercise for 30 seconds (it’ll add up to three minutes), the other partner is doing three minutes of alternating between sprinting for 30 seconds and recovering for 30 seconds. After three minutes, you and your bud trade places. The goal is to make it through the entire circuit five times — so a total of 30 minutes. Good luck, friends! Read more »
When I work out, my face turns the hue of overripe watermelon meat. Like, so alarmingly pink that when I run into someone I know after a sweat session, I don’t say “Oh, hi!” I say things like, “I just got out of a workout — that’s why my face looks like a tomato that’s about to go bad!” and “I’m not about to pass out. Yes, yes, I’m sure.”
For this reason, the mere thought of a potential employer asking me to work out with them during a job interview makes me want to breathe into a brown paper bag. But, per a piece published in the Wall Street Journal on June 2nd, apparently, that’s just what some potential employers are doing: combining job interviews with exercise sessions. NOOOOOOOOO.
• Womp, womp: In more bad news about spending our entire lives in chairs, turns out doing so can lead to — wait for it — dead butt syndrome, which essentially means your gluteus medius (one of your main booty muscles) stops firing correctly. Here, a physical therapist breaks down how to avoid being stricken with dead butt syndrome. [Health]
• Feeling like you just. Can’t. Focus? It might just be that it’s Thursday, or it might be because you simply need to down some water. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that participants had a tough time concentrating even when they were just mildly dehydrated. [Men’s Health]