Meet the 2016 Health Hero Challenge Semifinalists!

health hero logoDrumroll, please! We are very excited to introduce you to the 16 semifinalists for this year’s Health Hero Challenge, our fifth annual search for Philly’s Health Hero. Once September 13th rolls around, we’ll be opening the contest up to reader voting here so that you — yes, you! — can select a winner.

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The Checkup: Why You Crave Carbs First Thing in the Morning

Carbs get a bad rap, but despite all the no-carb recipes floating around the internet, we really do need them — especially in the morning. As registered dietitian and eating coach Christy Harrison notes, “… You should have some carbs with your first meal; your body needs and craves them in the morning, since your brain runs on glucose and you’ve been deprived of it all night long.” See? [Refinery29]

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The Checkup: This Is the Exact Time When Fitness Studios Are Most Crowded

• Hate filing into an overcrowded fitness class and being forced to rub (very sweaty) shoulders with complete strangers? (Understandable.) Well, ClassPass rounded up tons of their data and figured out the most popular times to work out, based on region. In the northeast, that time is 6:30 p.m. In other words, if you hate super-crowded fitness classes, you should probably rearrange your schedule. [Women’s Health]

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Calling All Night Owls! This Free Late-Night Art Museum Boot Camp Is for You

Confession: At 9 p.m. on any given Friday evening, there’s a 96.7 percent chance that I am already in my matching thermal PJ set, and a 99.9 percent chance I am also watching Netflix. But next Friday, September 2nd, there’s some pretttttty decent incentive to stay up a little later than usual: Next Friday, the ladies from CoreFitness are hosting a free late-night boot camp at the Art Museum steps — complete with a post-workout shindig. (Because it isssss Friday night, after all.)

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The Triple-Attack Workout

For this week’s workout you are going to work in triplets. That is, three exercises working the same muscle group done in a row. For example, you’ll start with 25 squats, then go right into 20 squat pulses, and end with 15 squat jumps. That will be followed by a different set of three exercises that target a another area of your body. You’ll work through those six exercises three times before moving on to the next set. Yeah, we’re not going to lie: It’s going to be shake-inducing.

You’ll do a total of three pairs of exercises targeting a total of six body parts in nine round. My brain hurts, too. But I promise, once you get started it’s not that confusing. So hop to it!

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City Fitness’s Center City Location Will Have a … Co-Working Space?

A few weeks ago, we told you guys about City Fitness’s plans to open a 40,000-square-foot fitness club at 18th Street and JFK Boulevard in Center City, which they’re calling City Fitness Center City West. Obviously, 40,000 square feet is a LOT of space, and marketing director Tom Wingert mentioned they’d be filling it with all sorts of good stuff aside from gym equipment, including retail offerings. But one thing we weren’t expecting to see on that list? A co-working space. So I was surprised when, this morning, I got a press release from City Fitness saying that, yes, among perks like executive locker rooms and high-end cardio and strength-training equipment, the new fitness club will also feature “a fully equipped co-working space — the first of its kind amongst Philadelphia’s fitness clubs.”

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Why You Should Do Exactly 22 Push-Ups Today 

Well, here’s a reason to get some push-ups in today (because if you’re anything like me, you need a bit more incentive than the promise of toned shoulders): The 22 Push-Up Challenge, a social media challenge raising awareness about veteran suicide (the stats used to say 22 veterans took their lives each day in the U.S.; an updated stat says that number is around 20), encourages folks to post videos of themselves getting 22 push-ups to social media with the hashtag #22PushupChallenge, and challenge a friend to get their shoulder-toning, awareness-raising push-ups in, too.

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7 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Workouts, According to Philly Fitness Pros

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We’re sure you all have little tips and tricks up your sleeve for staying motivated and powering through your HIIT workouts or hill sprints (the worst, am I right?), but getting out of your own personal routine every now and then could be just what you need to truly meet your fitness goals.

That’s where this post comes in: We got six Philly fitness pros to let us in on the tricks they have up their sleeves to instantly upgrade their workouts and get the most out of them. Check out what they said below, then get to testing those tricks, friends!  Read more »

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