Tweak Your Thinking Over the Holidays to Avoid Feeling Terrible About Your Diet

Holiday season is quickly approaching, which also means the beginning of getting sucked into the cycle that is holiday weight gain then panic mode then remorse then detox is just around the corner, too.

Around the holidays, we put so much thought and energy into sticking to our diets that we often forget what the holiday season is all about. (A reminder: friends, family, all that jazz.) We automatically think whatever party we attend will have the world’s worst possible food for us and, although that may be true, it’s nothing new: Throughout the year we attend birthday parties, work events, and functions that are filled with calorie-laden foods, too. But for whatever reason, come Thanksgiving all the way through the beginning of the New Year, many of us get stuck in a diet-induced panic.

And yes, we will all probably overindulge at some point. You’ll have one too many spiked ciders or slices of pie and wake up the following morning regretting it all. But the holidays aren’t about attempting to change Grandma’s mashed potatoes into mashed cauliflower or trying to convince your entire family that on the day of thanks, they should attempt to become Paleo by leaving the stuffing, mac and cheese, buttered rolls, and carrot cake for a later time. Read more »

Workout-and-Brunch Classes Are All the Rage — Here’s Where to Find Them

Gabrielle Sigal's last yoga-and-food class | Photo by Bradd Eeles

Yogis at Gabrielle Sigal’s last yoga-and-food series | Photo by Bradd Eeles

Looks like workout/brunch hybrids are officially a thing, and we are not mad about it all. A few weeks ago, we told you about a new monthly yoga-and-breakfast club at Hydro+Pose, and weeks before that, Animo hosted a yoga-and-brunch class at their Center City location. Now, Animo has a few more fitness-and-brunch shindigs coming up, and Lisa Ransing from Full Moon Fare (Remember her? She was behind this Namaste for Dinner yoga series.) is teaming up with South Kensington’s new Paperbox Yoga Studio for a yoga class followed by brunch in December. See? I told you workout/brunch hybrids are officially a thing.

Below, all the info on the upcoming sweaty brunch gatherings at Animo and Paperbox. Go, sign up to get your sweat (and mimosa) on. Read more »

9 Philly Fitness Classes With Names So Good You’ll Actually Want to Go

Body Cycle Studio

Body Cycle Studio

I spend an abnormally large part of my life looking at fitness studios’ schedules online. It is, after all, part of my job. And I’ve noticed that the classes that stand out to me, that I end up mentally sticky-noting with “MUST try,” are the ones that have funny or weird — but always different — names. A good name just does something for me that “45-Minute Spin” doesn’t, you know?

So that said, below you’ll find nine fitness classes around Philly that have great names. I’m guessing you’ll want to sign up for a few, too — because who can resist a fitness class with “Bey” — as in Queen Bey — in the name? No one. The answer is no one.  Read more »

The Checkup: Why You Cry When You’re Happy, Explained (Finally!) 

• A few years ago, my best friend got married in her parents’ living room and I videotaped the entire thing. But it wasn’t really worth videotaping, because all you can hear is loud, sobbing sounds … coming from me. I swear, they were happy sobs, but still, it is not cute. And for years, I have wondered: Why the heck couldn’t I control my tear ducts?!? So I am oh-so-grateful to have that episode explained to me by the lovely folks over at Science of Us. If you, too, are a happy cryer, click through to learn why. [Science of Us] Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The Super-Killer Superset Workout 

This week, you are going to superset each body part. That means you’ll do one exercise, like a chest press, then immediately do another chest exercise, like a chest fly, with no rest between. Then, you’ll move on to the next muscle group.

While it looks like this workout has a lot — a lot, a lot — of exercises, working each body part separately will give the other muscle groups a chance to recover. So it’s not quite as hard as it looks. And, keeping with the theme of supersets, after you’ve made it through the circuit once, try to do it all over again. Good luck! Read more »

The Top 10 Ways You’re Ruining Your Workouts, According to Philly Trainers 

What is the absolute worst workout habit? That is the question I asked 10 Philly trainers, and the answers I got back truly surprised me. Turns out, many of the trainers’ top picks have more to do with your mental attitude or things you do outside of the gym, like fueling your body, than they do with your actual, well, workout.

Saying “I can’t,” creating unrealistic goals — or creating no goals or routine at all — and using exercise as your sole form of therapy all made the list. And of course, a few form mistakes made it, too. Check out what these 10 Philly trainers say are the top ways you’re ruining your workout below. Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: “Our Arms and Legs May Have Already Fallen Off”

Rebecca tackling this week's workout at a hotel in San Francisco.

Rebecca tackling this week’s workout at a hotel gym in San Francisco. Now, that’s commitment!

This Week’s Workout: Opposite Exercises Attract

Testing date: Monday, November 9th. See the workout here.

The Breakdown
Total time commitment: 45 minutes to one hour.
Difficulty: 5 (out of five).
Soreness factor: Our arms and legs may have already fallen off. Rebecca’s legs wouldn’t stop shaking after the workout.
Overall grade: 5 (out of 5). Remember last week when we said the workout was “missing something special”? Well, we think we found it — and that something special turns out to be a butt-kicking that this week’s workout was more than happy to deliver.  Read more »

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