10 Philly Fitness Activities You Have to Try Before Summer Ends

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Yoga at Race Street Pier

I’m sorry to burst your summer-lovin’ bubble, but sadly we’ve only got about a month left of this wonderful warm weather and all the good stuff that comes along with it: beach trips, hot summer runs, ice cream trucks everywhere you look.

If you’ve spent the majority of your summer swinging on a hammock, eating water ice and enjoying the weather, that is completely acceptable (and I am totally green with envy), but it’s officially time to abandon the hammock and get moving: We’ve got 10 outdoor activities best enjoyed in warmer weather that we think you absolutely shouldn’t miss. Happy sweating, folks!

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New Fitness Tracker Will Deliver Electric Shock If You Skip a Workout

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If you just can’t seem to get your gym routine down (because who can resist the snooze button and unlimited Netflix streaming?), Pavlok, a new fitness tracker slated to debut in 2015, might be just the fix: According to Refinery29, if you dare skip a Pilates class for a Prime Suspect marathon, the tracker will deliver an electric shock of up to 340V as punishment. And if, somehow, that’s not motivation enough, Pavlok will also Facebook-shame you by posting your failure to your wall for all to see. Seriously!

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BeWOW: The Decrease-Increase Workout

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You’re going to need three sets of weights for this workout: light, medium and heavy.

Here’s what you’re going to do: You will go through the circuit below three times, decreasing your reps but increasing your weights each round. Start with 30 reps of everything with a lighter weight. Then, move on to 20 reps of each exercise with a moderate weight, and the finish the workout with 10 reps of each with a heavier weight.

Remember to focus on keeping good form rather than racing through the exercises. If you need to take breaks (say, performing three sets of 10 push-ups, to reach your 30-rep goal in the first round) that’s totally cool. Good luck!

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#BWPSelfie of the Week: This Girl Runs 48 Flights of Stairs Every Week

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Tory Mather, our #BWPSelfie of the Week!

Welcome to our new Monday feature, the #BWPSelfie of the Week! Read about why we’re celebrating selfies—and the sweaty Philadelphians who take them—below. 

Name: Tory Mather

Day job: Business Analyst in the Risk Analytics department at Independence Blue Cross.

Where she snapped this: 48th floor of the Independence Blue Cross building stairwell.

What she was doing: Using my lunch break to run stairs to re-energize my brain.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Readers’ Choice

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Earlier this week, we asked readers on the blog, Facebook and Twitter to share their favorite workout songs for a massive readers’ choice playlist for this week’s lineup of sweat-able tunes. We got lots of great responses from Robyn’s “Hang with Me” (well, anything Robyn, actually) to Eminem’s “Shake That” to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

So without further ado, here are your picks for nearly three (!!) hours of sweating your face off.

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