I used to hate my morning commute on the El. Like really hate it. But not for lack of trying. I tried very hard to like it: I created special for-the-commute playlists every week and developed a financially irresponsible La Colombe addiction, all in an effort to look forward to my train ride. But no matter how many almond milk lattes I grabbed en route to the El or how many upbeat Hall & Oates songs I loaded a playlist with, I still loathed my often jam-packed, physically uncomfortable subway ride. Until I discovered podcasts. (I wasn’t living under a rock, I just somehow thought they were all just like Car Talk, so no, thanks.) And now, I kid you not, as I near City Hall, my stop to get off the subway every day, I get sad — like dropped-my-ice-cream-cone-after-one-lick sad — because getting off the subway means I will soon have to turn off whichever podcast I’m listening to.
Podcasts. Are. Magical.
And good news: I’ve found, in the same way podcasts work to make my SEPTA ride enjoyable (a miracle!), they make solo workouts less dreadful, too. There’s just something to be said for the distraction of an interesting conversation when you’re nearing mile six of your run and you feel like your legs just might fall off. It’s a distraction a Pitbull song can’t provide. And if you only allow yourself to listen to your favorite podcast when you work out (hello, temptation bundling), you’ll start to really look forward to your workouts. After all, you need to know if Adnan did it or not, right?
So below, seven podcasts that will make you look forward to getting your sweat on — really! And bonus: A few of them might even provide you with some knowledge to drop at your next dinner party. Read more »
Another week, another handful of free fitness events happening around town. Since you guys seemed to like our last impromptu roundup of free fitness events a few weeks ago, we figured we’d do it again. From a group run to a grown-up pillow fight (really), there’s a little something for everyone. Check ‘em out below. Read more »
• Good news for all the gym haters of the world: There’s a little something called Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, which encompasses everyday movements that aren’t necessarily considered exercise. Think: gesturing with your hands when you talk, tapping your foot while your work at your laptop, and taking a walking meeting. And get this: According to the brains behind it, upping NEAT can help folks burn up to 850 more calories in a day — without ever really exercising. [Fast Company] Read more »
Welp, this is upsetting: Yesterday, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a non-profit organization that — you guessed it! — ranks the country’s counties based on health, released its 2016 rankings. Can you guess where Philadelphia falls when it comes to health in Pennsylvania? Dead last, folks. Of all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County is ranked as the least healthy. But, while this is upsetting, it’s nothing new: Philadelphia has consistently scored at the bottom of the list since County Health Rankings started ranking the country’s counties in 2010. Read more »
This week’s workout is going to zone in on — you guessed it! — your arms and your abs, with many of the moves in this workout done using a stability ball (otherwise known as a physioball). You’ll do a circuit of exercises three times, alternating between arm exercises and ab exercises. The rounds will decrease in reps, so you’ll do 20 for the first round, 15 for the second round, and 10 for the third round. Happy sweating, guys! Read more »
• Daylight Saving Time is coming up this Sunday, which means we’ll all be getting an hour less sleep — and some of us will be complaining about that lost hour for days on end. Here, why Daylight Saving Time makes you miserable, explained. [Futurity]
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For this week’s workout, you are going to do a round of exercises, starting with 20 reps of each. Then, for the rest of the workout, you’ll work your way down by two reps each round until you are down to doing just two reps. That’s 10 rounds total, folks! Who’s ready to sweat?
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You put your time in at the gym and eat right. You strength train and do cardio. But still, you’re not seeing results. You’ve been at it for months and yet it seems the scale doesn’t budge and your muscles won’t change. It’s frustrating and defeating when you’re putting the time and the effort in but not seeing any changes. Don’t give up hope and throw in the towel yet because, chances are, there’s a way to turn things around. Below, the top six workout mistakes that keep people from getting stronger, explained. Read more »
• Ooof. Did you take a long, hot shower this morning? Were you overly vigorous with the towel when you dried off afterward? If so, you committed two cardinal sins when it comes to shower habits that can cause dry itchy skin. Click the link for three more bad habits you need to quit. [Huffington Post] Read more »
• I’m betting a bunch of you are in getting into the swing of your spring race-training schedule right about now, so consider this your official reminder to take your easy runs very, very seriously. Here, super smart expert advice for just how slow you should go on your easy-run recovery days. (I bet it’s a lot slower than you think!) [Competitor] Read more »