7 Science-Backed Reasons to Exercise That Have Zero to Do With Weight Loss

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Sometimes, you need motivation aside from the promise of fitting into your skinny jeans to get your off your couch, outside of your pleasantly air-conditioned apartment, and exercising. If you’ve been at a loss to find any reasons (we’ve all been there), not to worry: We’ve got plenty for you.

We’ve rounded seven science-backed reasons to get off the couch and get moving—none of which have to do with weight loss—from the oh-so-wonderful runner’s high to the promise of a better night’s rest to improved skin to better sex and more. Read up, then get moving!  Read more »

Pelvic Floor Exercises: 5 At-Home Exercises to Do for Better Sex 

If you were at Be Well Philly Boot Camp earlier this month, chances are you hung out with Christina Stoltz, owner of Northern Liberties’ Ploome Fitness and Lifestyle Boutique — who just so happens to be an expert in all things having to do with the pelvic floor — at some point in the day. Along with leading a Stripp’d: Cardio-Core Workout, she also gave a talk in our Speakers’ Lounge on how to strengthen your pelvic floor to get a stronger core and have better sex.

If you are currently cursing yourself for missing it, we’ve got good news for you below.  Read more »

“Wii Fit for Sex”: Pornhub Launches Virtual Sexercise Platform — Really

I mean, I honestly don’t even know where to start with this post, so I guess I’ll just state the facts plain and clear: The website Pornhub just launched a gamified virtual fitness platform called — wait for it — BangFit. In case you hadn’t already figured it out, the idea is that it will get you fit while you, ahem, get it on. As the press release says, “Think Wii Fit but for sex.”
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The Checkup: Why You Regain Weight You’ve Lost, According to a Dietitian 

• Talk of losing weight only to gain it back — and then some — has been all over the place for the past week, thanks to new research about “The Biggest Loser.” Here, a dietitian dishes on what she considers to be the top five culprits when it comes to regaining weight. Hint: They have a lot to do with how you think about weight loss. [Washington Post] Read more »

Why Your Pelvic Floor Is the Secret to a Stronger Core and Better Sex

Christina Stoltz at Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2013 | Photo by JPG Photography

Christina Stoltz at Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2013 | Photo by JPG Photography

This year is seriously flying by, you guys. I mean, it’s almost May, for goodness’ sake, which means we’re just over a month out from the fifth annual Be Well Philly Boot Camp, our massive day of fitness and wellness just for women. It’s a day of positivity, empowerment and motivation, and a celebration of all-around female badassery, with amped-up fitness classes, inspiring speakers, top local chefs and lots more. In a nutshell, it is awesome.

Over the next month, we’ll be previewing some of what’s in store for this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp participants. First up, we chatted with Christina Stoltz, owner of the Pilates-based Northern Liberties fitness studio, Ploome. We’re huge fans of Christina around these parts, and if you’ve been to Boot Camp before, you probably remember her oh-so-fabulous outdoor fitness classes. This year, she’ll be leading a new-to-Boot Camp class called Stripp’d: Cardio-Core Workout in our outdoor fitness tent, but she’ll also be pulling double duty as a featured speaker in our Speakers’ Lounge.  Read more »

Naked or Not, the Pirelli Calendar Is Just a Promotional Calendar

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From left: Yao Chen, Patti Smith, Mellody Hobson and Serena Williams. Photos | Annie Liebowitz, Pirelli 2016 calendar

The Pirelli calendar never debuts without a fuss. It is, perhaps, the only promotional calendar that arrives in the mail with some swagger, that doesn’t risk a trip to the recycling bin if your insurance company pulls through with puppies in hats or kittens on windmills.

Usually, that’s because the Italian tire manufacturer casts barely dressed supermodels to ring in each month. This year it’s because … I’m not quite sure yet. But according to yesterday’s New York Times headline, “The 2016 Pirelli Calendar May Signal A Cultural Shift.”

To which I have to say: Really? Read more »

That Cool New Female Viagra Is a Bust

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In the November issue of Philly Mag, I expressed some doubt as to whether American women would flock to a new pill, known as “the female Viagra,” intended to increase their longing to have sex. The drug, flibanserin, known commercially as Addyi, was developed by a German drug firm and acquired by a small North Carolina drug company that in turn was bought by Canadian pharma giant Valeant for a billion dollars in cash a day after the FDA approved its use by women suffering from low libido. That FDA approval came in the wake of a studied PR campaign by the North Carolina company, Sprout, that involved charging the FDA with sexism and busing dozens of women to FDA hearings where they offered tearful testimony about the havoc not wanting to have sex was wreaking on their lives. According to Sprout, more than 40 percent of all women are experiencing sexual dysfunction. When the approval was granted, Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League, claimed an epic victory: “I think this is a huge moment for women’s sexual health, in the way that the Pill was for women’s sexual health and ability to control their own destiny.”

Well, Addyi went on sale on October 17th, and the rush of women to embrace it hasn’t exactly been dizzying. Read more »

INTERVIEW: The One and Only Dr. Ruth

dr-ruth-philadelphia-interviewTiny German dynamo Dr. Ruth Westheimer is as busy as ever in her 87th year. She comes to town next week to speak at the National Museum of American Jewish History for its annual Dreamers and Doers series. The therapist who made her reputation with frank talk about sex, still has plenty to say.

On Monday, Westheimer speaks about her two most recent books (she’s penned 37!): Her memoir, The Doctor is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life and Joie de Vivre, and her children’s picture book about courage, Leopold.

On Tuesday, Westheimer attends the preview of the play about her life, Becoming Dr. Ruth at Walnut Street Theatre. It follows her life beginning when she fled the Nazis and Frankfurt at age 10. Taking part in Kindertransport, the evacuation of Jewish children to Switzerland, she never saw her family again. The play follows her as she gets older and joins the Haganah (Israel’s freedom fighters), through her years in Paris, marriages, children, single-motherhood and life in New York City. Westheimer will participate in a talk-back live session that follows the show. Get your sex questions ready!

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Do Women Really Want Their Own Viagra?

Photo | Ted Morrison

Photo | Ted Morrison

I’m 59 years old, I’ve been married for 32 years, and my husband and I have sex five times a week.

You’re thinking something about me, aren’t you?

But I’m just kidding. I am 59, and I have been married that long, but my husband and I have sex five times a year.

Now you’re thinking something else about me.

From the time a delivery-room nurse puts us on a scale at birth, we compare ourselves and are compared to everyone around us. Are we taller? Prettier? Faster? Smarter? We do this all through life.

When it comes to sex, studies say the typical American couple has it just over once a week. Feel better? Worse? Research shows that on average, young people have more sex than old folks. Married couples have more than singles. But averages don’t help you find a comfortable rung on the sexual ladder. Remember that scene in Annie Hall where the therapist asks Woody Allen how often he and Diane Keaton have sex? “Hardly ever,” he says mournfully. Then the therapist asks Keaton, and she sighs: “Constantly.”

This is a story about women having sex — or, rather, women not having sex. Not having enough sex. Maybe. Enough for what, though? Enough to make them happy? Or enough to make a drug company a billion bucks? Read more »

OKCupid: Penn Students Have Low Sex Drive

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OKCupid has a lot of users, and a treasure trove of data about them. Every once in a while, they release data in a cutesy way, and we get to laugh at the non-scientific correlations made from the data. It’s fun! In many ways it’s much more fun than dating.

The latest release from OKC is an analysis of the habits of the top 20 colleges in the country (at least according to U.S. News and World Report).

And we learned one very important fact from about the University of Pennsylvania: Its students have low sex drives. At the very least, Penn kids say they have less sex than members of other elite colleges, universities and Princeton.

So are Penn kids just too focused on finance to hook up? Is there something in the water in West Philly? Can I use this as an excuse for an extraordinary dry spell my junior year of college at Penn? (I know the answer to that last one!) Read more »

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