The Checkup: Whoa! CHOP Docs Separate Twin Babies Joined at Head 

• 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]

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The Calorie-Torching 30-Minute Partner Workout

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 »

Beware: Some Employers Are Now Combining Job Interviews With Exercise

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.

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The Checkup: Dead Butt Syndrome Is Real — Here’s How to Avoid It 

• 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]

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The Super-Effective Abs Workout You Can Do in Bed

Some days, it’s just impossible to get out of bed. Even though you had every intention of going to the gym before work, let’s face it: the comfort of your nest of blankets and pillows is MUCH more alluring. So you snooze the alarm. And then again. And after five or six snoozes, you submit to the reality that there’s no way you’re making it to the gym. And with this realization, you’re suddenly wide awake and stricken with guilt. Thoughts akin to “I suck” float around in your head while you try to peel your sorry caboose out of bed.

But what if you could still get a workout in before work without even leaving your bed? You might be thinking,”Ah shucks, that’s too good to be true.” Well, folks, I — along with a real expert, Dana Auriemma, owner of Freehouse Fitness Studio and local ab guru — am here to tell you that it’s not too good to be true. Below, Dana demonstrates six abs exercises you can do in bed that are both effective and, in some cases, more challenging to do in your plushy bed than on your not-so plushy yoga mat. In other words, we have proof that you can, in fact, have it all.
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Exercise Really Is a Fountain of Youth, New Study Shows

The key to keeping your cells looking nice and young? It looks like exercise might just be the answer, my friends. As TIME reports, a new study published in Preventive Medicine found that participants who exercised most had biological aging markers that were significantly younger than their sedentary peers. Nine years younger (!!), to be exact.  Read more »

The Checkup: Ick! These Are the Germiest Spots in Your Kitchen

• New research out of Drexel found the germiest spots in Philadelphia kitchens, so you’re going to want to read their breakdown (highly frequented areas like the fridge and the sink both make the cut), then bust out the Lysol immediately. Fair warning: They found fecal bacteria in nearly half kitchens they looked at. Gross, we know. [TIME]

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