4 Workout-Motivation Tricks to Guarantee You Get to the Gym This Week

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It’s that time of year again. The hopefulness and exuberance of the New Year has given way to the cold reality: Getting in shape is HARD. You have to be conscientious with your diet and dedicated to hitting the gym regularly.

Studies show that right now is when most of the people who resolved to get in shape this year will quit. They will taper off until March, when only a tiny percentage of them will have achieved their fitness goal.

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The Be Well Philly Wish List: Let’s Make Philly the Best City for Fitness in 2015

Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, summer 2014

Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, summer 2014

Over here in Be Well Philly Land, we’re pretty much always talking about what we absolutely love about Philly’s fitness-and-health-food scene (The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk! HipCityVeg!) or, on the flip side, what we feel like it’s missing. I mean, after all, it is kind of our job to talk about this stuff all day.

Today, we got to talking about what we wish we had more of (or less of, in some cases)—the kinds of things that, if we did have more of them, could be just what we need to make Philly the greatest city for fitness in the world. It’s a lofty goal, I know. But Philly was just ranked the second best shopping city in the world (puzzlingly, but still) and third on a list of the year’s best travel destinations. Who’s to say we can’t be the be-all-end-all city for fitness, too?

Below, 10 things we think would make Philly the best city for fitness in 2015. And the best part about this list? A lot of these things, like more trail-running groups and more free fitness classes, are totally in our control. So consider this our rallying cry: Let’s make it happen, people!

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6 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Chilly Cheeks 7-Miler, Hip-Hop Yoga, Free Workouts at Hotel Monaco and More

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Chilly Cheeks 7-Mile Trail Run | Photo via Ron Horn/Facebook

Starting to think about the weekend? Us, too! If you’re hoping to figure in some time working up a sweat, you’ve come to the right place. There are a handful of fun fitness activities to keep you more than occupied this weekend. Just remember: There’s a chance of snow on Friday evening and into Saturday, so be sure to keep an eye out for any last-minute cancellations or changes to the events below.

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How to Decide When It’s Time to Get Rid of Your Gym Clothes

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I’ve amassed quite the collection of gym clothes over the years. From crappy cotton undershirts to tights in every conceivable length to insanely expensive tech gear (for every season, of course), my gym-clothes drawer more than runneth over.

Every few months, I like to go through my stock and do a round of serious purging. This usually coincides with the day that I can no longer close my over-packed dresser drawer, so it’s more of a necessity than anything else. Because I tend to amass this stuff in weirdly huge quantities (I’m a sucker for a free t-shirt!), I have come up with a pretty scientific keep-or-toss system when it comes to my workout gear.

Below, the eight questions I ask myself when evaluating whether to hold on to my gym clothes, or not.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Let’s Talk About Legs, Baby

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Last week, we tackled your upper body, so this week—surprise!—it’s all about your legs. Get ready to feel the burn.

You are going to complete three different rounds of exercises, finishing all the reps in one round fully before moving on to the next. That means, before you move on to Round 2, you’ll do 12 reps of each exercise in Round 1, then a sprint; then 10 reps of each in Round 1 and a sprint; and finally eight reps of each in Round 1, with a final sprint to finish out.

And just like last week, I’m throwing in some bonus ab work to keep your body guessing. (You’re welcome.) Here’s what your workout looks like.

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