Now Online: Philly’s Best Of Wellness and Fitness

Instructor Jessica Sullivan of Body Cycle Studio | Photograph by Adam Jones

Instructor Jessica Sullivan of Body Cycle Studio | Photograph by Adam Jones

August and September are fun ones for us here at Philly Mag. With our Best of Philly issue hitting stands in August and our Be Well Philly print issue coming out in September (more on that in a bit), it’s basically a two-month-long celebration of everything that’s awesome about living in and around Philly.

All of the Best of Philly winners and Best of Be Well Philly winners are now available for your online perusal. Best of Be Well Philly is part of the annual Be Well Philly print issue that just went out to Philly Mag subscribers. You can’t find it on newsstands, but in the next day or two, we’ll have a way for you to subscribe for free online; just give us your info and we’ll be happy to mail you a copy. (By the way, this year’s issue has more than just the Best of Be Well Philly winners. We also have the results of a massive reader poll—yes, we probed your deepest, darkest gym habits—and what we’re calling the Ultimate Philly Fitness Bucket List, featuring 25 things every fitness-obsessed Philadelphian needs to do at least once. So yeah. You’ll want to snag a copy.)

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BeWOW: The Easy-to-Follow Calorie-Torcher Workout

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There’s nothing fancy about this week’s workout. It’s straight forward, easy to follow and, most important, gets the job done.

Here’s what you’re going to do: Simply work your way through the list of exercises below, completely 10 reps of each. When you finish your reps, hit the treadmill (or track, or neighborhood sidewalk) for a 30-second sprint. Then it’s back to the top to start all over again.

You’ll repeat the circuit five times through, for a total of 50 reps of each exercises and five sprints. Get it? Good. Now get to work!

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Made in America Edition

Photo | Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Photo | Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

The Made in America music festival takes over the Parkway again this weekend. Mentioning the arrival of a music festival is kind of like saying, “It’s supposed to snow this weekend:” For some, the news inspires a flurry of squeals and jumping for joy, and for others, it inspires the urge to lock themselves in the safety of their homes until it’s over. But regardless of how you feel about music festivals, I’m betting you’ll enjoy this music-festival inspired playlist.

This week, we’ve loaded the workout playlist with artists that will be playing at Made in America, like Kanye West, Grimes, Pharrell and more. Plus, for your listening pleasure, we’ve sprinkled in some songs that just scream “America”—think Bruce Springsteen, Lenny Krativz and the Beach Boys. So whether you’re braving the Parkway to get your sweat on along Kelly Drive this weekend or just dancing in your crowd-free living room, these beats will keep you moving.

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Get Outside Today: Outdoor Workouts Happening Tonight in Philly

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Do I really need to tell you how insanely gorgeous it is outside today? Ugh, fine. You guys: It is insanely gorgeous outside today. Really!

If you’re like me and toiled indoors in front of a computer screen for most of the day, you owe it to yourself to spend some time outdoors this evening. And what better way to soak up the low-80s-with-low-humidity weather than by getting your sweat on outside?

Here are some awesome outdoor workouts and group runs you can get in on this evening. Tell ‘em we sent ya. Have fun!

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The Checkup: The Fresh Herb You Should Always, Always Have in Your Kitchen

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• An NYC chef says parsley is the ultimate flavor enhancer. Actually, what she really says is that parsley is the “the underwear of my kitchen: I wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without it”—which, of course, is the best way, ever, of phrasing that particular sentiment. Check out these recipes that’ll get you on the parsley bandwagon, too. [Food + Wine]

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: “Shake It Off” Like Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has been getting a lot of hate this week. And a lot of love, depending on whom you ask. Her latest music video for “Shake It Off,” the first single off her to-be-released new album 1989, has everybody talking, with some saying it’s racist, some saying it’s not. Others are saying it’s “got a great tan-to-party ratio” (that’s apparently a good thing) and still others say it’s almost too perfect” for a pop song.

Here’s the thing: I don’t particularly care if you like her new song or not. It’s not even on the playlist this week. The point of this week’s sweat-tastic playlist is to take a cue from Taylor, who, I’m positive, is spending a lot of time this week trying to shake off her haters. To wit: I want you to shake off this almost-over workweek and dance a little! See what I did there?

Below is two-plus hours worth of music meant to get you moving, grooving and, most important, smiling. TGIF, y’all. Let’s shake it off.

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