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.
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.
• I know what you’re thinking: Of course they like their bodies, they’re top-ranked athletes, for cryin’ out loud! But you’d be surprised how many of these famous athletes have felt anxious about how they look, just like the rest of us. But regardless, they bared it all in the ESPN Magazine Body Issue — their birthday suits, insecurities, and body image wisdom. And the end result is the greatest gym motivation ever. [POPSUGAR Fitness]
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I just tested out this week’s workout playlist’s wake-up capabilities, and let me tell you: It does the trick. So, use it, people! May the morning-workout force be with you.
You guys, just look at the EARS on this week’s adoptable running dog, Gladys. You can learn more about this young pup and how to adopt her below. Because how could you not want to?
• This is pure genius, people. The way to cut calories in your guacamole? For every cup of avocado you use, use a cup of peas that are blended smooth. You won’t be able to taste the difference, and you can feel way better about not sticking to one serving. Because who ever sticks to one serving of guac? No one. The answer is no one. [POPSUGAR Fitness]
We all know people who use exercise to clear their minds and, in some cases, to maintain their sanity. And new research shows that doing so could do the brain even more good than you might expect: A small study published in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy found that running can help to reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, Runner’s World reports.
• How to actually make it to the gym four times this week like you said you would? Change the way you think about it. Think of your workouts the same way yogis think about their sweat sessions: as a “practice” — one that makes you better, not just afterward when you can squeeze into your skinny jeans, but during as well, says this personal trainer. Interesting, right? [Greatist]