The Checkup: How Sitting Can Actually Help You Lose Weight — Seriously!

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• We’re constantly hearing about how terrible sitting is for us, but one time it might be a good idea to sit down instead of move around? When you’re eating. A new study found that women who sat down while they ate instead of eating on the go ended up snacking way less afterward. So go ahead, take a seat. [Huffington Post]
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Our Last Free Yoga Class of the Summer Is Tuesday (and We’ll Have a DJ!) 

Be Well Philly's Summer Yoga Flow | Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly’s Summer Yoga Flow | Photo by Susan Nam

Sad news, friends: This Tuesday is the very last Be Well Philly Summer Yoga Flow class of the year. I know, I’m holding back tears just thinking about it. But the good news is, we’re going out in a big way: The class, which will be led by the wonderful (and butt-kicking!) Mariel Freeman of DIG Yoga, will be taught with DJ Sylo spinning the soundtrack. So it’ll basically be a post-work yoga party. Not a bad way to spend your Tuesday afternoon, eh? Read more »

Rooftop Yoga at South Philly’s Bok Technical School Kicks Off This Weekend

bok3The outdoor-yoga fun just keeps on coming, folks. In addition to the new outdoor yoga series kicking off tonight in Kahn Park, there’s another new al fresco series debuting this weekend.

Beginning this Sunday, August 23rd — and running each Sunday through September 13th — you can get your yoga on atop the soon-to-be-transformed Bok Technical School with instructor Katie Gould. Stunning city views and a killer soundtrack are guaranteed. Read more »

New Yoga Therapy Clinic Will Give You a ‘Yoga Prescription’ to Treat Everything from Anxiety to Injury 

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“I started off thinking of a model for an urgent care clinic, where you can go for something that’s not super serious, like a sore throat, and leave with a plan for how to treat it,” Theresa Conroy, yoga therapist and owner of Roxborough’s Yoga on the Ridge, tells me of her latest yoga-related endeavor: a walk-in yoga therapy clinic designed to help people treat everything from anxiety to a sprained ankle with — what else? — yoga.

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Why Do So Many of Us Think of Exercise As a Luxury Rather Than a Necessity?

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Confession: The number of times I’ve toted my yoga mat to the office only to end up skipping my  yoga class and staying late at work in an effort to finish something up is countless. Seriously, I could not tell you how many times that has happened. But I can tell you why: Because, somehow, I — a person who spends every single day reading and writing about health and fitness and should know better — think of work as an obligation and I think of a workout as a luxury that, if time is not permitting (which it often isn’t), can be skipped.

WTF.

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The Checkup: Bulletproof Water Is the New Bulletproof Coffee

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• The creator of Bulletproof Coffee — coffee spiked with butter and coconut oil to give you a serious, fat-filled boost of energy — just rolled out his next energy-boosting invention: FATwater. It’s the same idea as Bulletproof Coffee: The water is spiked with a triple-distilled coconut oil to deliver a quick, healthy-fat-filled energy boost for a few hundred calories less than Bulletproof Coffee. We might just have to try this one, too. [Well + Good]

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5 Yoga Classes Guaranteed to Win Over Even the Most Skeptical of Yoga Skeptics

DIG Yoga // Photo via Facebook

DIG Yoga // Photo via Facebook

Yoga is my favorite form of exercise, but whenever I try to get anyone to go to a yoga class with me, they stare at me like I just offered them Spam-flavored ice cream and say “Yoga isn’t my thing.” When I ask why — not because I’m the nosiest human alive, but because it’s kind of my job to ask these things — the most common reasons I find people steer clear of yoga studios like they’re death chambers are: the weird music, the uncomfortably quiet vibes and the fact that “yoga just isn’t a hard enough workout.”

Whenever I hear these reasons, I want to scream, “Noooooo! Not all yoga is like that! There are so many great classes you’d love that don’t require any ‘om’ sounds and play awesome music and are hard! Like really hard!” But I don’t, because then no one would ever talk to me again. So instead, I put it in a blog post. Below, five classes that will win over even the most skeptical of yoga skeptics.

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