The Checkup: The Weird and Scary Way Your Sleep Habits Are Affecting Your Social Life

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• You know that if you don’t get enough sleep, you hurt your productivity, your mood, your motivation, and your health. But what you might not know is that sleep deprivation also reduces your ability to interpret facial expressions, which could seriously affect your relationships and how you treat other people. A recent study found that after 24 hours of being awake, people could not distinguish between threatening and friendly faces. [ScienceDaily]

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Running Website Offers $100,000 to Controversial Marathoner Mike Rossi

Mike Rossi at the Boston Marathon

Mike Rossi at the Boston Marathon

It has been more than a month since the organizers of the 2014 Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon issued a carefully worded statement indicating that there was no “conclusive evidence” that Montgomery County’s Mike Rossi cheated in that race, a race that qualified him for the Boston Marathon. And Rossi has steadfastly maintained that he did nothing wrong. But some skeptics still aren’t convinced. Read more »

Round of Applause, Please: Women Runners Are Killing it in the Racing World

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Philadelphia Pressroom

If there were a time in history to be running, it seems, it’s now, especially for us ladies. According to Running USA, an organization that monitors growth and trends in the sport, out of 18,750,000 race finishers in 2014, 10.7 million were women, making up 57 percent of finishers. In fact, women made up the majority of finishers in all 5K (58 percent), 10K (59 percent), and half-marathon races (61 percent!!). Now remind me, Beyoncé, who (literally) runs the world?
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9 Weekly Podcasts for Every Type of Health Nut

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I’ll say it right off the bat: I’m a big fan of the podcast. It’s like a free on-demand radio show you can listen to while driving your kids around, on your morning commute, or, my personal favorite, while running. Listening is a great way to stay up-to-date on whatever interests you. And whatever your interest, there’s a podcast talking about it. For the fit foodies among you who haven’t tapped into the podcast scene, here: a podcast to satisfy every type of heath nut. They’re all free to subscribe and air a new episode every week. Enjoy!

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The Ultimate Outdoors Cheat Sheet for Summer in Philadelphia

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Summer is in full swing and, lucky for us, it seems the weather gods have blessed us with some pretty mild temperatures, easy on the triple-digit heat waves and heavy on the cooling rain. Meaning? Less time spent standing directly in front of the closest air conditioner and more time spent outdoors. Hallelujah!

But if you’ve been at a loss for what to actually do once you step outside — you know, aside from running to the closest beer garden — no worries: We’ve put together the ultimate cheat sheet for you to refer to. Below, you’ll find everything from where to camp to where to run to where to people watch. Print it out, paste it on your fridge, and squeeze the most out of your summer spent outdoors. Read more »

Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Pop Divas Known for Behaving Badly

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You can thank Ariana Grande and her weird donut-licking incident for this week’s workout playlist: 20 songs made by our favorite pop divas notorious for behaving badly — or weirdly or just flat-out insanely (I’m looking at you, Britney and Paula) — from the wonderful Whitney Houston to Madonna to Mariah and more. Listen, enjoy and be oh-so-grateful no one was videotaping all the questionable decisions you made in your early 20s.

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One Year Anniversary: Where Our Adoptable Running Dogs Are Now

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Guys, I have some very exciting news: Today marks our one year anniversary of teaming up with the Monster Milers to post our weekly, awww-inducing, adoptable running dogs. I do a lot of cool things at my job, but I have to say, getting to Photoshop cute dogs’ faces every Friday morning is definitely one of my favorites — and seeing how you guys jump in to help find these guys homes puts a giant smile on my face.

So for this week’s post, we’re throwing it back to some of the crowd favorites from the past year including our veryyyy first adoptable running dog, Pumpkin. Remember Pumpkin?! Below, photos of where some of Be Well Philly’s adoptable running dogs are now and what they’re up to. Warning: You might want to grab a tissue before you start scrolling. Tears of joy are kind of inevitable.

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