Be Well Workout of the Week: Jump-Start Your 2017 Fitness Goals

In honor of getting a jump-start on your New Year’s resolution, it is only fitting that we make this workout all about plyos (that would basically be jumping, if you don’t know) and jumping rope. You’re going to complete 30 seconds of each exercise below, going through the entire circuit three times.

So go ahead: Pre-burn those New Year’s calories and start your year out on a healthy, hoppy foot.  You’ll thank yourself when you’ve got a slight head-start on your fitness goals come the new year.

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$5 Yoga, Barre, Boxing and HIIT Classes at Hotel Monaco This Weekend

Yoga with Three Queens Yoga at Hotel Monaco | Photo by Joe Longo

Yoga with Three Queens Yoga at Hotel Monaco | Joe Longo Photography

Losing sight of New Year’s fitness resolutions is a common problem: Whether your goal is to eat better, lose weight, explore new workouts or all of the above, it can be tough to stick with ’em. To help you guys stay on track, the folks at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco are hosting their second annual Resolution Rx event this Sunday, showcasing a bunch of local fitness studios and — to help you exercise your charitable muscles — raising money for Back on My Feet. The best part? All the classes are five bucks. Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg Creates Global Facebook Running Group

Yesterday, like many other normal humans out there trying to commit to a New Year’s resolution, Mark Zuckerberg posted one of his to Facebook. Unlike most other normal humans, his Facebook status received over 340,000 likes. And we’re pretty into his resolution for 2016: This year, Zuckerberg is committing to running 365 miles, and he’s invited all 47 million of his Facebook followers (and you!) to join him. Read more »

The Checkup: Stop Talking About Your New Year’s Resolution If You Actually Want to Make It Happen



• If you made a New Year’s resolution — you’re going to run your first marathon, or you’ve vowed to finally master home cooking, or this year, you’ll finally stop eating McDonald’s breakfast after a night of one too many margaritas (still noble!) — go you. But note: If you actually want to stick to your resolution, research says you should probably stop blabbing about it and focus on actually making it happen, instead. [Science of Us] Read more »

The Resolution Run: How to Have Fun Making Your New Year’s Resolution



Writing down your New Year’s resolutions alone on New Year’s Day can be kind of depressing. If you’re anything like most of the human population, your list probably starts with “Never drink again,” — because hellooo, New Year’s Day hangover — and ends there. Because again, hellooo, New Year’s Day hangover. So, we say, to make your New Year’s resolution-making more enjoyable (and more productive), wait a few days for all the champagne to work its way out of your system and join Philadelphia Runner and the ODDyssey Half Marathon for their Resolution Run a few days later on January 3rd. Read more »

Cool New Way to Get (and Give Away) Free Stuff: The Buy Nothing Project



If one of your New Year’s goals is to finally get rid of all that clutter in your basement, don’t start posting ads on Craigslist just yet. Consider a new option: the Buy Nothing Project, a new Facebook group that just cropped up with the aim of connecting neighbors who have freebies just waiting for a new home.

The international Buy Nothing Project, headquartered in Bainbridge Island, Washington, has been around for about a year and a half. But it wasn’t until last month that local PR gal Paige Wolf got a whiff of the idea and, looking to connect with a local Philly chapter, found that, well, there weren’t any to join—yet.

So she launched Philly’s first Buy Nothing Project Facebook group, which invites members to post listings about free stuff they want to get rid of or things they’re in need of. “It’s like going back to our roots of borrowing a cup of sugar from your neighbor,” says Wolf.

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Market Report: 5 Style Resolutions For Your Chicest Year Ever


  • These five simple style resolutions will help you upgrade and polish your look for 2015. And who doesn’t want that? [WhoWhatWear]
  • Because this is just plain fun: Here are the worst looks of 2014. (We’re looking at you, Kim K.) [Go Fug Yourself
  • Consider this your ultimate beauty bucket list: 21 treatments, tricks and products you have to try before you die, including why that $100 hair brush is actually totally worth it. [Refinery29]

Up next: What it’s really like to get eyeliner permanently tattooed on your face.

Why My New Year’s Resolution Is to Laugh More



It’s that time of year when we scramble to develop a New Year’s Resolution before the ball drops at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Statistically speaking, most of us vow to lose weight, save money or become healthier. And research shows that most of us abandon these resolutions well before kickoff at the Super Bowl in February.

Why does this happen? It’s because most resolutions are punitive in nature, the product of self-criticism. It’s like saying to yourself, “You need to lose weight because you’re fat and hideous.” Or, “You need to save money because you’re wasteful.” When we’re mean to ourselves we become depressed, or, worse, we become rebellious and do the opposite behavior.

So after many years of setting unsuccessful New Year’s resolutions, I think I’ve developed a better approach for 2015.

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