Because This Weather Sucks: Insanely Fun Living Room Workouts to Do Today

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When the weather is as gloomy as it is today, a trip to the gym can be a hard sell. But there’s no reason you can’t get your heart rate up without leaving the blessed indoors, and, as these videos prove, have fun doing it, too. We’ve rounded up eight seriously fun (really!), free, no-equipment-needed workout videos that will keep you nice and dry — actually scratch that, you’ll be working up quite the sweat. They range from 10 minutes to over an hour, so pick whichever floats your boat, find some space in your casa, and hit play. Read more »

The Checkup: Calorie-Burning Cardio Workouts for the Non-Runner

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• Anyone invested in their overall fitness knows that cardio is a crucial element of any exercise regimen. I happen to be a fan of running, but not all of us are. And even if you are a die-hard runner, sometimes these ninety-degree July days just aren’t ideal for pounding it out under the sun. Looking to get your heart rate up without going for a jog? These nine circuits are short, efficient, cardio-packed calorie burners. [BuzzFeed]
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9 Weekly Podcasts for Every Type of Health Nut

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I’ll say it right off the bat: I’m a big fan of the podcast. It’s like a free on-demand radio show you can listen to while driving your kids around, on your morning commute, or, my personal favorite, while running. Listening is a great way to stay up-to-date on whatever interests you. And whatever your interest, there’s a podcast talking about it. For the fit foodies among you who haven’t tapped into the podcast scene, here: a podcast to satisfy every type of heath nut. They’re all free to subscribe and air a new episode every week. Enjoy!

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My Top Five: Killer Spots to Do Stairs Workouts in Philly

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Since it’s summertime, we say, give the stair machine a rest and head outside. You have tons of beautiful places to soak up some vitamin D while you sprint your way to long, lean legs and perfectly toned glutes right at your fingertips — or toes, we should say.

To help you track down the perfect spot, we got Gina Mancuso, physical therapist and personal trainer of CoreFitness, to dish on her top five picks for places around Philly to get a killer stairs workout in. Try one or try ‘em all! Your glutes will thank you later — promise.

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The Checkup: One Big Common Mistake Not to Make When Trying to Lose Weight

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• We all know that too much of a good thing — say, brie (Mmmm) — can be bad. But too little can be a bad thing, too. Restricting yourself too much from the foods you love is a common weight-loss mistake: much of the time it totally backfires and leads people to give up on their healthy-eating goals altogether. So eat a cracker with brie (or a bite of dark chocolate, or a piece of pizza) every now and then — for your waistline’s sake. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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The Checkup: Why You Should Be Eating Banana Peels — Seriously!

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• For many of us, it’s a complete no-brainer to get rid of the peel when you eat a banana, but in some cultures, that’s a complete waste of perfectly edible — not to mention nutrient-packed — food. Banana peels are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin B, antioxidants and fiber, and they can be cooked stir-fry style (for a green-pepper like crunch) or blended into smoothies right along with the sweet fruit itself. Whooo knew? [Eat Clean] Read more »

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