VIDEO: Take a 112-Mile Paddle Down the Schuylkill River in 3 Minutes

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Photo via Facebook

Well, friends, it’s been 10 months since we posted the Philly Fitness Bucket List, our handpicked compendium of the 25 things every local fitness enthusiast needs to do at least once. So it’s time for a status check: How many items have you managed to check off? (You can go ahead and tell us in the comments.)

While we’re certainly smitten with all 25 to-dos, we’re particularly jazzed today about #17, the Schuylkill River Sojourn. See, the just-posted video, below, documents the seven-day, 112-mile kayaking journey from Schuylkill Haven to Boathouse Row in a speedy three-minute reel. And the kayak-mounted camera aaallllmost makes you feel like you were there.  Read more »

The Checkup: Slimmed-Down Drink Swaps That Cut Major Calories

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• Cocktails and sweetened coffee drinks are known for being loaded with empty calories, but they are involved in so many social gatherings that we can’t (and certainly don’t want to) completely avoid them. But what we can do is opt for sips we can feel better about. That’s where these smart swaps come in: For one, instead of your usual morning chai latte, you can add a little milk and sugar to a brewed chai tea to save a whopping — wait for it — 135 calories. [Women’s Health]
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10 Super-Stylish Gym Bags You’ll Actually Want to Carry Around 

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To me, gym bags are like sensible walking shoes. Kind of (definitely) a necessity, but not something I ever really want to spend my money on — you know? I usually just throw my gym clothes into my work bag and call it a day. But leave it to the lovely ladies over at Shoppist to change our minds about the whole gym-bag thing: They found 10 surprisingly cute and practical gym bags (I’ve got my eye on the black quilted barrel tote from Topshop) that you’ll be dying to run out and buy. Bonus: Your new bag might even serve as your sole motivation to trek your way to the gym when all you want to do is eat ice cream while catching up on The Real Housewives of Orange County. Because we all have those days, right?

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How Seven Philly-Born Celebrities Stay Fit

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For celebs who are in the spotlight constantly, keeping in shape is practically part of their job. So it’s no surprise that many of the stars we adore are as fit as it comes. These seven Philadelphia born-and-bred celebrities — from Kevin Hart to P!nk to Will Smith and more — are definitely fit and, call us nosy, but I’m sure we’re not alone in wanting to know how they do it. So we shamelessly dug up their wellness routines to inspire, inform, and entertain you. Check them out below.  Read more »

The Checkup: This Is the Best Way to Catch Your Breath Mid-Workout

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• Finally, the mystery has been solved! When you’re trying to catch your breath mid-workout, your best bet is not to put your hands over your head like many think, but to bend forward at the waist and put your hands on your knees, a new study shows. Why should you care? Well, catching your breath efficiently between sets means you’re able to tackle the next set just as hard as the last, making for a more effective workout. [Men’s Health]

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The Checkup: The Ultimate Dressing-Room Test to Make Sure Workout Clothes Fit

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• We all want to avoid track shorts that chafe, see-through yoga pants, and slow-drying racerback tanks. Luckily, there are some simple ways to find out if your workout attire will stand the test of a half marathon before you even leave the store. The next time you hit up Lululemon, make sure you take this list of fitness-pro-backed tips for trying on workout clothes. And warning: If you want make sure you can count on your spandex, you’re going to have to get your squat on in that dressing room. Happy shopping! [SHAPE] Read more »

The Checkup: The Vegetarian’s Guide to the Best Store-Bought Veggie Burgers

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• We’ve already told you where to get the best veggie burgers at restaurants around Philly and now, this list dishes out the most flavorful, satisfying store-bought veggie burgers, none of which taste like soy rubber. And Trader Joe’s fans, rejoice: their Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers made the list! [Eat Clean]

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: 20 Songs Guaranteed to Make You Actually Enjoy Your Workout 

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There are people in the world who love working out so much that they will skip brunch (and the mimosas that come along with it) in order to squeeze in their long weekend run or a CrossFit session. The rest of us — or, at least, this gal right here — have to convince ourselves to love (or, let’s be honest, like) working out. And the best way to do that? A little Britney, Beyoncé and Biz Markie. This week’s playlist is filled with 20 songs that will just plain make you happy — even on your third round of push-ups.

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#SayNoToTheToe: These Yoga Pants Are Designed to Fight the Dreaded Mid-Workout Camel Toe

PRISMSPORT leggings | Photo via Facebook

Prismsport leggings | Photo via Facebook

I rarely hear anyone aside from the Kardashians talk about camel toes (if you’re a fan of the show, then you know that they are big fans of camel-toe talk). But, whether you choose to talk about ‘em or not, camel toes are real and they can be a real problem when you’re working out. Which is why fitness gear company Prismsport created their #SayNoToTheToe design, which just launched, made to give you a bit of camel toe-free peace of mind when you hit the gym.

Hilarious? Yes. Necessary? Also yes.

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