The Checkup: The Argument for Skipping Salads

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• If your go-to salad is a bowl packed with nutrient-loaded greens like kale along with tofu, legumes and the like, this probably doesn’t apply to you. But for everyone else, picture your favorite salad without the lettuce. Now, does it still look nutritious? Oftentimes, the answer is no. And that’s just one piece of the pie in this food writer’s argument for skipping salads. [Washington Post]
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What I Learned After a Year of CrossFit

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I joined CrossFit in August 2014 following a visit to my 11-year-old daughter during her first summer at sleep-away camp. I realized, the hard way, that I was no longer the center of my daughter’s universe, so I decided that I needed to invest energy in building my own social life. So I joined CrossFit; I’d heard it was as much a social community as a fitness one.

I threw myself in headlong, attending classes five to six days per week for the past 12 months. My goal was to understand why CrossFit has become a cultural phenomenon.

It’s been an interesting year — here’s what I have learned.  Read more »

The Checkup: Why Science Says You Should Watch Cat Videos at Work

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• Who needs endless Starbucks soy lattes when you have cat videos? As a new video from the American Chemical Society points out, science shows cat videos can save you from the dreaded afternoon slump: They give you pleasure and temporarily boost your attention to detail. So go ahead, watch one (like this one, perhaps) on your work computer today, guilt-free. [Science of Us]
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Be Well Workout of the Week: The Countdown to Killer Muscles 

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Ready to sweat, people? For this week’s workout, you are going to do 20 reps of each exercise, then 18 of each, 16 of each, and so on, decreasing by two reps of each exercise every round until you’re down to zero. Work hard, take breaks only when you need them, and challenge yourself to get through the workout as fast as you can. But don’t let your form go downhill with your time! Happy sweating, Be Wellers.

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Tackle the Philly Stair Climb Challenge with CoreFitness

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The steps near Boathouse Row | Photo by Gina Mancuso

Last month, you guys went bonkers over our post detailing the best places to do stair workouts in the Philly area. We actually got the lowdown from CoreFitness’s Gina Mancuso, and she had the genius idea to turn the post into a real live workout series. And so we give you: the CoreFitness Stair Climb Challenge SeriesRead more »

VIDEO: Take a 112-Mile Paddle Down the Schuylkill River in 3 Minutes

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Well, friends, it’s been 10 months since we posted the Philly Fitness Bucket List, our handpicked compendium of the 25 things every local fitness enthusiast needs to do at least once. So it’s time for a status check: How many items have you managed to check off? (You can go ahead and tell us in the comments.)

While we’re certainly smitten with all 25 to-dos, we’re particularly jazzed today about #17, the Schuylkill River Sojourn. See, the just-posted video, below, documents the seven-day, 112-mile kayaking journey from Schuylkill Haven to Boathouse Row in a speedy three-minute reel. And the kayak-mounted camera aaallllmost makes you feel like you were there.  Read more »

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