The Checkup: 15 Foods to Help You Poop, Ranked From Best to Worst 

Poop is trending. Everyone does it, and everyone is talking about it, including us gals here at Be Well Philly — and apparently the editors over at New York magazine, too. They just published a very lengthy guide that dishes on just about everything you could ever need to know about poop, including this handy list of 15 foods that will help get things moving, ranging from best (the obvious: navy beans) to the worst (Chipotle during an E. Coli outbreak). [Science of Us] Read more »

5 Life Lessons We Can All Learn From Philly’s Awesome Running Community 

5 Lessons We Can All Learn From the Philadelphia Running Community

Broad Street Run 2016 | Photo by Adjua Fisher

Today is the day, people: Global Running Day! And while the day celebrates running all across, well, the globe (duh), I thought I’d take a minute to give some praise to the awesome beast that is the running community right here in our own city — and point out a few things we could all stand to learn from the folks who make up that community. Below, five life lessons to steal from the badass folks who pound our city’s pavement day after day, rain or shine, snow or sleet, blizzard (really!) or beach weather. Check them out below. Read more »

The Hilarious Excuse Note to Get You Out of Work for a Midday Run

Happy Global Running Day, friends! If you’re worried about getting side-eye from your boss for dipping out of the office for a mid-work run (perhaps with Suzanne Allaire of the November Project?), don’t be: Yesterday, Emmaus-based Runner’s World magazine Instagrammed a handy — and hilarious — excuse note, penned by Bart Yasso, chief running officer for Runner’s World (yep, that’s a real title) and unofficial Mayor of Running for, well, everywhere. The note is designed to get you out of work for a midday sweat session on this very special day—but really, it could work any day. After all, Global Running Day SHOULD be every day, right?

Check the note out below. Then print it out, fill it in, hand it to your boss and lace up your sneaks, people! Read more »

How to Feel Really Good About Your Global Running Day Run Tomorrow 

Calling all runners: Global Running Day is tomorrow. And since I’m sure you run, like, every day, here’s one way to make tomorrow’s run super special: Back on My Feet Philadelphia, the local non-profit that helps combat homelessness through running, is putting on their first-ever Treadmill Challenge at the Shops at Liberty Place in Rittenhouse. Read more »

10 Coolest Fitness and Foodie Events in Philly: June 2016

Floating fitness with Aqua Vida at Spruce Street Harbor Park | Photo via Facebook.

Floating fitness with Aqua Vida at Spruce Street Harbor Park | Photo via Facebook.

The fact that June is somehow already right around the corner blows my mind. Time flies when you’re packing your schedule with fitness fun, it seems. And speaking of packing your schedule with fitness fun, you’ll find our top 10 picks for filling your schedule this month below. Happy sweating, friends! Read more »

Meet Bella, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

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This week’s adoptable running Dog Bella is a pretty (hence the name, duh), energetic gal who is looking for someone to get out and move with her. If you’re looking for a reason to put the Netflix down and pick up your running shoes, it seems you guys would make the perfect match. Learn more about her below. Read more »

3 (More!) Wine-Filled Fitness Events to Have on Your Summer Calendar

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Run the Vineyards | Photo courtesy Good Day for a Run

A few weeks ago, we let you guys know about some wine-filled fitness events going down at Newtown’s Crossing Vineyards and Winery this summer, and you guys went BONKERS. Naturally. Post-workout wine is exciting, after all. And since you all were so excited about those events, we thought it would only be the kind thing for us to do to clue you in on three more wine-plus-workout events on our radar this summer. Check them out below.  Read more »

SEPTA Police Officer Hit By Car While Running, Police Looking for Driver

SEPTA Police Officer Gary Miller and wife, Miller in hospital | Image via Facebook

SEPTA Police Officer Gary Miller and wife on Run Sunday, Miller in hospital | Images via Facebook

Last night, Fox 29 reported on Gary Miller, a SEPTA police officer who was out for a run with his wife in the Mayfair area of Northeast Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon when he was hit by a car that, after striking him from behind and causing him to hit the windshield then land in the road, sped away. Miller ended up in the hospital with a broken collarbone, a broken leg and a concussion. Police are still looking for the driver. You can see surveillance footage of the car police are looking for below. Read more »

How Running Ultramarathons Changed My Life

Rebecca Barber, running with her signature braided pigtails.

Rebecca Barber, running with her signature braided pigtails.

I’ve run 5Ks before, a few Broad Streets, and even a handful of half marathons, but I’ve never approached anything close to the mileage local ultramarathoner Rebecca Barber logs on, say, a rainy Tuesday.

She’s the founder of the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run and a 17-time ultramarathoner and, man, let me tell you, this gal has stories. In fact, one of her stories, about what it was like completing a 100-mile trail race earlier this year in Florida, is what prompted me to invite her to speak at this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp, coming up on June 4th. Her topic? How running crazy-long distances has challenged her and changed her life in some pretty radical and unexpected ways.

Below, I chatted with Rebecca about some of what she’ll share at her Boot Camp session to give you a taste of the awesomeness she has planned. But you can hear her speak and pick her brain at the 10:30 a.m. session in our Speakers’ Lounge. Check out the full lineup of Boot Camp fun here, and snag a ticket while you still canRead more »

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