The Be Well Philly Wish List: Let’s Make Philly the Best City for Fitness in 2015

Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, summer 2014

Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, summer 2014

Over here in Be Well Philly Land, we’re pretty much always talking about what we absolutely love about Philly’s fitness-and-health-food scene (The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk! HipCityVeg!) or, on the flip side, what we feel like it’s missing. I mean, after all, it is kind of our job to talk about this stuff all day.

Today, we got to talking about what we wish we had more of (or less of, in some cases)—the kinds of things that, if we did have more of them, could be just what we need to make Philly the greatest city for fitness in the world. It’s a lofty goal, I know. But Philly was just ranked the second best shopping city in the world (puzzlingly, but still) and third on a list of the year’s best travel destinations. Who’s to say we can’t be the be-all-end-all city for fitness, too?

Below, 10 things we think would make Philly the best city for fitness in 2015. And the best part about this list? A lot of these things, like more trail-running groups and more free fitness classes, are totally in our control. So consider this our rallying cry: Let’s make it happen, people!

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6 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Chilly Cheeks 7-Miler, Hip-Hop Yoga, Free Workouts at Hotel Monaco and More

Photo via Ron Horn/Facebook

Chilly Cheeks 7-Mile Trail Run | Photo via Ron Horn/Facebook

Starting to think about the weekend? Us, too! If you’re hoping to figure in some time working up a sweat, you’ve come to the right place. There are a handful of fun fitness activities to keep you more than occupied this weekend. Just remember: There’s a chance of snow on Friday evening and into Saturday, so be sure to keep an eye out for any last-minute cancellations or changes to the events below.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Power-Through Beats from Amrita Yoga’s Emile Sorger

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About two years ago, at my first hot yoga class with instructor Emile Sorger at Fishtown’s Amrita Yoga & Wellness, I was pretty sure I was going to faint, puke or melt before the class ended. Then, like a gift from the heavens, Imagine Dragons’s “Radioactive” started playing. Immediately, I was all, “Hey, I’m radioactive!” and I was able to bounce back for the last four minutes of class. I walked out of the studio thinking, “Dang, that guy knows how to make a workout playlist.” (And also, “I hope I don’t run into anyone I know on the way home. I will probably puke on them.”)

So this week, inspired by Emile’s ability to help me bounce back from what I thought was the Land of No Return, I recruited him to put together a workout playlist for you guys. Let me tell you: It does not disappoint. This playlist is filled with some of Emile’s favorite songs to sweat to—and if you’re a regular in his class, you probably recognize a few of them. Whether you’re hitting the trails for a long run or getting your at-home yoga practice on, this playlist will help you push through to the end. Happy sweating!

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Do Yoga on the World’s Largest Walkable Map of Philly with Pop Up Yoga Philly

The Largest Walkable Map of Philadelphia | Photo via Facebook

The Largest Walkable Map of Philadelphia | Photo via Facebook

Pop Up Yoga Philly’s first event of the year is shaping up to be a pretty awesome evening: On Thursday, January 29th, they’re hosting an all-levels Vinyasa class at the Philadelphia History Museum. And get this: The class will be held on the world’s largest walkable map of Philadelphia. Cool, huh?

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Cheap Yoga: 27 Philly-Area Yoga Classes for $10 or Less

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Getting your savasana on so should not be a stressful experience. But if your weekly yoga classes are costing you an arm and a leg, getting your zen on can be, well, less zen than you’d like. The good news: A regular yoga practice doesn’t have to break the bank — and we’ve got proof.

We tracked down 27 spots around Philly that offer all sorts of yoga classes, from sunrise Vinyasa to lunch-hour yoga to evening Infrared Hot Flow classes, and not a single one of ‘em will cost you more than 10 bucks. Bonus: Some of these classes are free! Below, our guide to getting your downward dog on for cheap in and around Philly.

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