Hugging Strangers During Workouts: A Do or a Total Don’t?

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” That oft Instagrammed quote was the first thing that came to mind during a recent yoga class when the teacher instructed us to (insert horror movie music here) hug someone in the class. Luckily, my friend was there. We both, not the kind of people who generally hug one another, let alone people we don’t know, could feel the fear in our eyes dissipate when we realized we could just hug each other instead of embracing a stranger.

Phew.

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5 Ways to Get Fit in Philly Without Going to the Gym

You’ll have so much fun doing these six activities around Philly — from rock climbing to axe throwing (yes, axe throwing) — that you’ll forget you’re even getting a workout. (Don’t worry: Your muscles will make it clear that you did, in fact, get a workout later.) Bonus points: You won’t be forced to step foot inside a boring ol’ gym for any of them.

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How to Escape Your Desk: 5 Stress-Free Ways to Spend a Lunch Hour in Philly

Picture this: It’s 12:30 p.m., and you’re hunched over your desk, shoveling leftovers into your mouth with one hand and answering emails with the other. You haven’t stepped out of your office all day, and you’ve got no plans to do so anytime soon. Sound familiar?

It’s understandable. Cold weather — and jam-packed schedules — makes desk-side lunching an all-too-tempting proposition. But studies have shown that breaking away can boost creativity, banish stress, and bump up your energy levels. Here, five healthy ways to use those precious lunch-hour minutes — away from your desk — this winter.  Read more »

7 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Workouts, According to Philly Fitness Pros

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We’re sure you all have little tips and tricks up your sleeve for staying motivated and powering through your HIIT workouts or hill sprints (the worst, am I right?), but getting out of your own personal routine every now and then could be just what you need to truly meet your fitness goals.

That’s where this post comes in: We got six Philly fitness pros to let us in on the tricks they have up their sleeves to instantly upgrade their workouts and get the most out of them. Check out what they said below, then get to testing those tricks, friends!  Read more »

The Checkup: Does Having More Sex Make for Better Athletic Performance?

• Let’s talk about sex, baby: Having more of it could improve your time at the gym. According to new research, athletes who had more sex performed better when it came to speed, strength and agility. Do note, though: This new research was helmed, in conjunction with an Olympic coach, by a sex toy company. So, we’d say a grain of salt wouldn’t be a bad idea. [Refinery29]

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The Checkup: The Case for Running Without Music — Really!

• I rely on music to get me through a run as much as the next person. On the 10th mile of a half marathon, I undoubtably need an almost-annoying upbeat Calvin Harris tune to get me through. And while music is great to push you over the finish line, not all runs are half marathons where you’re trying to PR. Some runs are just for you — to let your mind wander. And maybe, just maybe, you should give it ample opportunity to do just that, per the suggestion of Outside’s Martin Fritz Huber. [Outside OnlineRead more »

Field Guide: 5 Best Workouts at the Jersey Shore

Best workouts at the Jersey Shore.

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If you’ve spent most of your summer glued to your beach chair, it’s probably time you got a quality sweat session in. After all, you’ve got to counteract a summer’s worth of beachside beermosas somehow. To point you in the right calorie-burning direction, we got five Philly fitness pros to dish on their favorite Shore workouts, from killer yoga classes to beach boot camps. Take your pick, soon-to-be-reformed beach bums. Read more »

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