Your Weekend Workout Playlist: The 25 Best Workout Songs Ever

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Earlier this week, we asked you guys to tell us what your favorite, cant-live-without workout songs are, and you guys listed off some great picks by everyone from Florence + the Machine to Jay Z to the Foo Fighters. We also asked our fellow Philly Mag staffers to chime in with their favorites and, boy, did they bring some good stuff to the table (Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” for one).

So, below, this week’s crowd-sourced workout playlist: The absolute best workout songs out there, chosen by Be Well Philly readers and Philly Mag staffers (and a few thrown in by us over here in Be Well Philly Land). Enjoy! Read more »

8 Reasons to Go for a Run Today (Besides the Amazing Weather)

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Photo via Schuylkill Banks/Facebook

Have you been outside today? It. Is. Amazing. It’s 70 degrees and sunny, and basically everything we’ve all been dreaming about for the past six months. And it is the perfect running weather. But if sunshine isn’t enough incentive to get you to lace up your sneakers, we’ve got a few more reasons you should definitely get out for a run today — like to get your runner’s high on, for one — below. Read more »

Two Rules Elite Runners Follow That You Should Follow, Too

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At face value, running seems like a very simple sport. All you need is a pair of shoes and the will to exhaust yourself and that’s it: You’re a runner. At the beginning, getting better is pretty simple, right? Just keep running. For the most part, the more you run, the better you’ll become.

However, at some point, the novelty of being a beginner wears off and you may find yourself struggling to improve. Then you’ll probably spend hours upon hours searching the Internet for anything running related in hopes of finding the secret to becoming a better runner. But the Internet is a deep black hole full of running knowledge and fads, some good, and some bad. So let me save you the trouble: I’m sorry to say, there is no one secret to running.

There is no one magic workout, no one training plan that’s best, no one form fix that will suddenly make you faster. Instead, the secret to running lies in a few golden rules that all good coaches and smart athletes follow. Elite runners live and train by these rules. These aren’t fads, but time-tested guidelines proven to produce results.  Read more »

Tell Us: What’s Your Absolute Favorite, Can’t-Live-Without-It Workout Song?

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Every Friday, we put together a brand spankin’ new Spotify workout playlist (You can follow it here, if you aren’t already) for you guys to get your sweat on to — but this week, it’s your turn to put the workout playlist together. We’re asking you guys this: What’s your absolute favorite, would-die-without-it workout song that always, without fail, gets you moving?

List off your favorite songs in the comments, and don’t be shy! We promise not to snicker at your love of the Backstreet Boys or Kid Rock or anyone else, for that matter. After you guys have told us what you love, we’ll compile all the songs into the biggest, baddest, Be Well Philly workout playlist of them all. Now, ready, set, comment!  Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Turn Your Trail Run Into a Cross-Training Session

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Your workout instructions this week? Take advantage of this beautiful weather and get outside for a run, people! Find your favorite running trail (we’ve got a ton of great options here), grab a running buddy, and get moving.

During your run, you’re going to make a few pit stops — every few minutes, you’ll stop at at a bench, a big rock or some stairs — to do a strength-training circuit one time through. Then get back to your run, and stop again in a few minutes for another round. Aim to do the circuit five times throughout the course of your run — and more if you’re feeling ambitious.

See the strength-training circuit below. Happy trails, friends! Read more »

Where to Take Yoga for Runners Classes in Philly This Month

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It’s easy to forget the value of cross-training when you’re working up to a big race where all you’ll be doing is running for hours on end. But it’s important not to skimp on activities that can strengthen muscles that running just doesn’t hit. In the end, substituting a yoga class for a run every now and then could make you a better runner down the line. Read more »

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