5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Tired Fitness Routine

Photo via Schuylkill Banks on Facebook.

Photo via Schuylkill Banks on Facebook.

Now that we’re all coming out of our winter hibernation, it’s time to get serious about our fitness goals. No more of those lame-o elliptical workouts you use to justify your addiction to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. No more skipping long runs to sleep in on Sunday mornings. No more canceling workouts to hit up happy hour. (Side note: We’re totally okay with combining the two.)

If you’re feeling trapped in a fitness rut, we don’t blame you one bit. But now that warmer weather is upon us (Any day now! Promise!), we thought it might be a good time to reexamine our routines and make some, er, much-needed changes.

Here, five ways to spring clean your sad, tired, winter-weary fitness routine.  Read more »

The Ultimate Springtime Workout: 8 Exercises You Can Do on a Park Bench

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Warm weather is coming our way any day now. With spring officially here, let’s celebrate the end of a cold, nasty winter by getting out of the gym and spending more time outdoors.

Most people think an outdoor workout involves one thing: running. But if you get a little creative, you can work your entire body using a piece of equipment that’s readily available in parks and greenspaces across the region. You guessed it: I’m talking about benches. Read more »

New Spa/Fitness/Nutrition Center Opening in Cherry Hill

pg3For Kate Galvez, PB3 has been more than a decade in the making. The idea of a multifaceted, holistic wellness center began as a thesis project back in 2004, when she studied interior architecture and design in college. She envisioned an all-in-one facility that incorporated yoga, meditation, fitness classes and more.

“It became a dream of mine to have a spa of my own,” she says.

After college, Galvez worked at a Philly architecture firm but became active in the local fitness community. Three years ago, she began working on a business plan that would bring her 2004 thesis to life. The result: PB3 — it stands for “Pure Body, Pure Bliss, Pure Balance” — which is set to open in Cherry Hill on April 11th.   Read more »

The Checkup: 11 Science-Backed Health Reasons to Get a Dog This Weekend

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• Not only do dogs make for the perfect cuddle buddies and Netflix-marathon partners, they’re also really good for our health: Having a dog around can lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of getting cardiovascular disease — they can even be trained to sniff out cancer! (You can start looking for your new furry friend by perusing our weekly adoptable running dogs.) [Greatist]
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Opinion: Are Exercise Streaks Healthy?

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I love to exercise: walking, running, CrossFit, cycling, and everything in between. As it’s one of my favorite ways to spend my free time, I carve out time most days to do it. Some days are intense, some days are light. I can honestly say that some days I just exercise so that I can listen to Kanye West on my headphones.

Am I compulsive? Sort of. But can I take a day off? Definitely. For me, exercise is one of my favorite ways to unwind. I almost always exercise in a social setting (CrossFit being the most social), and I love to laugh with people when I’m working out. In that way, it kills two birds with one stone: I’m hanging out with friends, and I’m exercising at the same time. I schedule rest days from exercise on days when I know that my schedule is over-filled with professional or family activities.  Read more »

The Food Trust Gets $5 Million to Help Philly Youth Be Healthy

Photo via Facebook | Norris Square Neighborhood Project

Photo via Facebook | Norris Square Neighborhood Project

Philly is no stranger to the term food desert, but, as of this morning, The Food Trust is one step closer to making healthy food accessible to everyone in the city: This morning, Get HYPE Philly!, a collective of 10 non-profits led by The Food Trust, was granted $5 million by GSK to kick off a handful of initiatives all aimed at giving 50,000 Philly kids, particularly middle schoolers and high schoolers in North Philly, better access to healthy food and exercise.
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13 Reasons We’re So Stinkin’ Excited for Warm Weather in Philly

Yoga on the Pier at Race Street Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Yoga on the Pier at Race Street Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Newsflash: We’ve only got nine more days of winter, people! Spring is a comin’ — on March 20th, to be exact — and I, for one, could not be more excited for the warm weather it’ll bring with it. Just about every single day of this dreadful season we call winter, I say to anyone who will listen, “If we lived somewhere warm, we could be doing [insert fun outdoor activity here] right now. Ughhh, winter!” And I’m sure I’m not alone.

But with spring headed our way, soon we’ll all be able to start checking things off the long list of activities we’ve been talking about wanting to do for months, from hiking in the Wissahickon to playing frisbee down the Shore to picnicking anywhere we can lay a blanket down.

Below, 13 reasons we here in Be Well Philly Land are so freakin’ excited for warm weather in Philly.  Read more »

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