What I Learned After I Finally (Finally!) Started Working Out

I think we can all agree that 2016 has been a pretty strange year. While I don’t ever stick to my New Year’s resolutions (because, like, who does?), back in September, on the night of my 27th birthday — and fresh off a bad breakup, a job change, and a move back to Philadelphia — I decided to write down a list of goals I wanted to accomplish to get my feels in check (I repeat: It’s been a strange year) and my priorities in order.

On that list I included some pretty basic things: open a savings account (check), move out of my parents’ house before January 1st (check), stop texting my ex (seriously, stop), finally learn how to drive (hey, there’s always 2017) and quit moping around and start working out …

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PHOTOS: Be Well Philly Underground Holiday Shopping Party 

The last stop of the holiday shopping crawl was &pizza — because after all that shopping, we needed to refuel. | Photo by Susan Nam

The last stop of the holiday shopping crawl was &pizza — because after all that shopping, we needed to refuel. | Photo by Susan Nam

We have to say: Yesterday’s weather was miserable. Rainy. Cold. Windy. Yesterday’s weather was the kind of weather where you walk outside and literally feel like life is slapping you across the face. So we have to give a GIANT round of applause to everyone who braved that slaps-you-across-the-face rain to make it to our Be Well Philly Underground Holiday Shopping Party. You can’t see us, but we are giving you all of the virtual hugs right now.

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The Key Step People Skip When Getting Fit, According to a Philly Personal Trainer

If you’re like most people who are inconsistent at the gym, you probably go weeks or even months at a time without working out. Even though your body and your fitness levels have changed during this time, it’s not uncommon to jump right back into an old workout routine knowing your body is assuredly different than it was during your last workout. But it’s of the utmost importance that you assess your fitness before beginning any fitness program.

Assessing your fitness may include checking your strength, endurance, flexibility, range of motion, and more. By checking these stats, you’ll be able to figure out where to start and where to go from there. Below, what you’ll get out of gauging your fitness before you attempt to get fit, plus how to do it.

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The Checkup: The Health and Wellness Trends You’ll See Everywhere in 2017

• The folks over at Well + Good just put out their annual list of wellness trend predictions for 2017 and there are some interesting items on the list. Namely, wellness and beauty companies getting in on the cannabis game — though not in the form that will make you completely loopy — and workleisure becoming socially acceptable. So basically, in 2017, we’ll be living in a very relaxed world where everyone wears stretchy pants to the office? I can dig it. [Well + Good]

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