7 Reasons Beach Workouts Are the Best Workouts

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The weekend has finally arrived, friends! I’m betting a large chunk of us will be flocking to sandier sidewalks for a few days away from the city. And while you’re there, maybe, just maaaaybe, you’ll find some time to squeeze in a workout. Here are seven fun reasons why a beach workout is so worth it.

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Jersey Considers Shore Smoking Ban Today

The New Jersey assembly today opened up debate on a bill that would ban smoking at state beaches and parks. Fines would run from $250 for first-time offenders to $500 for repeaters, and then $1000 for each subsequent puff. (It seems unclear how they would effectively police this.) Last summer, our resident Shore expert Jen Miller laid out a compelling case for such a ban. As she pointed out:

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House GOP to Shore: Drop Dead

Hurricane Sandy’s victims will have to wait just a little bit longer (or forever) for disaster relief, for no apparent reason. After the fiscal cliff bill finally passed late last night, one more order of business remained for the 112th House of Representatives before its term ended: a vote on the Senate’s $60.4 billion Sandy aid package. Despite assurance from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (no friend of disaster relief spending) that there would be a vote, Speaker John Boehner pulled the plug, meaning the bill is forever dead, and the new Congress will have to start over again when it reconvenes. No explanation was given. NY/NJ/PA congressmen on both sides of the aisle were livid, with Rep. Peter King (R-NY) calling the move “absolutely indefensible” and Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) accusing House leadership of having “failed the people of our state and region.” [Inquirer]

Kanye Announces Kim’s Pregnant in Atlantic City

From Hurricane Sandy, to MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” to the troubled Revel casino, where Kanye performed this weekend, the Shore has become synonymous with disaster. How appropriate, then, that last night in A.C. Yeezy announced his girlfriend Kim Kardashian (still married to former Jersey baller Kris Humphries) was pregnant with their first child. If the Kanye didn’t make it clear in the video clip below, Kim’s publicist has confirmed. [Perez Hilton]

Ocean City Arts Center Displays Wanamaker-Themed Art

An invitational art exhibit at the Ocean City Arts Center this month is Wanamaker-themed. Local artists will have paintings on display that portray many traditions associated with the now-extinct Philadelphia department store. Many of the paintings include renditions of the infamous Wanamaker eagle, while others pay homage to more symbolic aspects of the store’s existence. [Inquirer]