Happy allllmost new year, friends! Here to help you kickstart your health and wellness game as you head into 2017, we’ve got our top picks for fitness and foodie events around Philly this January, from a dog-friendly yoga class (say whaaat?) to a workout streak to a resolution run, and more. Read up, then start filling in the blank spots on your calendars!
We are big believers in the powers of a good workout song, which is why every year, we take on the task of whittling down the list of all the new beats that helped us push through those final stretches of our runs along the Schuylkill River Trail and get through those last sets of burpees in our BeWOW workouts to create a playlist filled with what we consider to be the very best workout songs of the year.
Consider it our holiday gift to you: The playlist is all wrapped up and ready for you to stream at your leisure. Check it out below! (And a note: Clearly a number of Beyoncé songs would have been included on this playlist — hey, “Formation” and “Freedom” — if only they were available on Spotify. Sorry, Bey.)
You know what beats going H.A.M. on a jumbo-sized bottle of cheap champagne at the Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day, only to wake up on January 2nd with a splitting headache and the vague recollection of getting into a screaming match with someone dressed as a clown in South Philly the night before? I mean, probably, literally anything beats that (I speak from experience). But doing one of these New Year’s Day runs, workouts or yoga classes around Philly definitely does. We totally support following your sweat session with a champagne toast though. It is still New Year’s Day, after all.
If your New Year’s resolution goes something like “Commit to a workout plan. Seriously. For once,” we’ve got something that just might help you out: The ladies behind Philly’s City Fit Girls are bringing their Streak with City Fit Girls workout challenge back for the month of January. Sorry, dudes: As the name suggests, this one is just for the ladies.
• According to dietitian Leslie Langevin, the ideal weight-loss breakfast includes protein, fiber and healthy fat. And avocado toast, my friends, doesn’t quite make the cut, since it’s lacking in the protein department. The nice thing is, it’s an easy fix: Throw a scrambled egg or some hemp seeds on top and you’ve got a bangin’ breakfast that your waistline will appreciate. [POPSUGAR Fitness]
It is windy out there today. Like, the kind of windy that makes me wonder if I’d like living in Florida, despite all the signs that it’s … not for me (see: Marco Rubio and gator hunting as a hobby). So I will not judge you for telling me that you’ve already decided to skip your evening run — but I do have some news that might make you change your mind: As the New York Times reports, a new study found that runners brains are better equipped for decision-making, multitasking, concentrating, and more, than the brains of those who are sedentary but otherwise healthy. And who doesn’t want a better brain?
We’re just here with a friendly reminder that the oh-so-festive annual South Philly Holiday Lights Run is coming up this Thursday, December 15th. Let the countdown begin!
If you’ve had trouble sticking to your runs as the temperatures drop, Lululemon and the November Project Philadelphia are here to help keep you from turning into a complete lazy bum this December: They’ve teamed up for a free three-week running series, kicking off this week. And if a free group run isn’t enough incentive to get you to leave your heated living room for the brisk outdoors, note that each run ends at a local bar for happy hour. Yes, please!