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20 Reasons Philadelphia Is The Coolest Place To Stay

20 Reasons Philadelphia Is The Coolest Place To Stay

Looking for a cool place to stay in East Coast? Philadelphia is the city you would like to visit and keep coming back for more. If you haven’t been to Philly yet, you will be surprised what you can discover and experience in this cool city.

1. Do you remember Sylvester Stallone’s triumphant run in the film Rocky?

“The Rocky Statue” and the “Rocky Steps” are two of the most popular attractions in Philadelphia. Visiting the statue, running up the steps and taking a picture at the top is a must. Originally created for the Rocky films, the sculpture is now a real life monument immortalized in bronze in 1980. After filming was completed, the actor donated the statue to the City of Philadelphia. So, go get a photo shoot with Rocky Balboa for a victorious celebration on visit to Philadelphia!

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    2. Come to the place where America is born.

    The birthplace of America is Philadelphia, you knew that. Historic Philadelphia covers parts of the Old City and Center City neighborhoods including the Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center, the Betsy Ross House, Christ Church and nearby Valley Forge battlefield. It’s just one square mile, but it’s jam packed with restaurants, galleries, shops and attractions. Each puts its own distinctive spin on history. And together, they make up Historic Philadelphia. It’s like walking in a giant American history classroom. How cool is that?

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      3.  Wouldn’t you love to live on Elfreth’s street?

      No visit to Philadelphia would be complete without a stop at Elfreth’s Alley. Representing 300 years of history, the 32 buildings along Elfreth’s Alley were built from the 1720s to 1830s, and they reveal the fascinating stories of everyday life of America’s founders back then. It is the oldest residential street in America that offers a museum and several historic houses, many of which still serve as private residences with no garages or cable TV. In June, usually on the first weekend, Elfreth’s Alley residents open their homes and gardens to the public. And no driving through the Alley, please.

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        4. Philadelphia is a city of vibrant neighborhoods with its own distinctive personality.

        It is a city of neighborhoods that reflect cultural identity from groups that have settled over time in Philadelphia from Europe, Asia, Africa, South and Central America. They often hold block parties where a block can be closed off for traffic while the neighbors share foods and fun games. While the neighborhood streets are inherently a living museum, the clubs and night entertainment activities have developed as well in historic Old City along the Delaware River waterfront and on South Street, called the hippest street in town.The residents of Society Hill often stroll around their cobblestone streets and take in the architecture of the centuries-old homes, churches and landmarks that make this neighborhood so unique and picturesque.

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          5. Philadelphia Museum of Art

          The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States. The museum provides the backdrop for many public events, including concerts and parades because of its location at the end of the Franklin Parkway. The vast collections of Renaissance, American and impressionist masterpieces make the Philadelphia Museum of Art one of the most important art museums in the country. Its impressive holdings, acclaimed exhibitions, special programs and beautiful outdoor Sculpture Garden make it a cultural must-see.

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            6. The Liberty Bell chimes in Philly and to the world.

            The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American Independence. Formerly placed in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House, the Bell today is located in the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. The Bell first cracked when rung after its arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen John Pass and John Stow, whose last names appear on the bell. The Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly had a Bible verse placed on the bell: “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof”(Leviticus 25:10). Today, it silently reminds us of the power of liberty.

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              7. Philadelphia is much more than a college town.

              University City is so named due to two of the largest and most influential institutions in town: the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. With an incredibly diverse student population, you will be fascinated by the people and the places offering everything from a vibrant street-food scene to high-end art galleries and intimate late night hangouts. University City grows at fast pace each year, and it is becoming one of the most livable, well-kept and friendly neighborhood in Philadelphia. And while you are cruising along the campuses, take a tour to the Academy of Natural History of Drexel University to meet dinosaurs and wander through a tropical garden and wildlife habitat.

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                8. Are you a foodie in the mood?

                Then, head down to the Reading Terminal Market on an empty stomach. You will want to save room for the array of cuisines that are available around every corner from Delicious sandwiches to artisanal cheeses and desserts. This famous foodie paradise has been serving since 1892 and there are plenty of vendors to choose from. While walking around, watch cooking demonstrations right in front of your eyes or take home some of farm-grown fresh products from Amish merchants.  Also, stay for annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival to celebrate the traditional foods and handmade crafts.

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                  9. Put on your sneakers and walk around in town.

                  Thanks to the city’s original planner, William Penn, Philadelphia is the fifth most walkable city and has the most bicycle commuters per capita in the country with an easy-to-follow street grid. Do you also know who made bicycling in the city look really cool? Philadelphia native Kevin Bacon in the movie, Quicksilver. So you can skip the car altogether, get by on foot power and hit the sidewalks!

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                    10. Are you hungry for some fried chicken and donuts?

                    The line out the door explains it all. People across the city crave Korean-style fried chicken and fresh hot donuts at Federal Donuts. They have sold out everyday since opening in the fall of 2011.  You can choose from fancy donuts with flavors like blueberry fritter, lemon bar, maple bacon and PB&J, strawberry lavender, and vanilla spice. Their fried chicken is an amazing combination of juicy and crispy with authentic rubs and glazes including honey garlic, golden soy, sweet chili, buttermilk ranch, coconut curry and cowboy coffee.

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                      11. You weren’t in Philly if you hadn’t had Philly cheesesteaks.

                      A hot dog vendor in south Philadelphia, Pat Olivieri invented the cheesesteak in the 1930s. He eventually opened up Pat’s King of Steaks- and Geno’s Steaks was started in 1966. Pat’s versus Geno’s is the Yankees versus Mets of the Philadelphia food scene, and you are most likely going to end up picking sides and defending your choice. Which one is authentic, really?

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                        12. Drink it up, don’t waste a drop.

                        From the early days of the Founding Fathers to today, Philly has always been a beer town. In 1829 David G. Yuengling brought Yuengling beer to Philadelphia, and since then Philadelphians helped make it one of the largest American-owned breweries. His success was followed by a craft brewing industry explosion in the Greater Philadelphia area. Philly organized ‘Bloktoberfest’, a beer celebration that follows on Beer Week where people come from afar to taste the finest craft beers. For a true taste of Philly’s spirit, take a tour at the craft breweries such as (just to name a few), Philadelphia brewing co., Flying fish brewing co., Yards brewing company and Dock street brewing co., and you will be coming back for more.

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                          13. Kudos for the vision of the city of tomorrow.

                          Community Life Improvement Programs (CLIP) consists of several programs and agencies dedicated to improving the appearance of neighborhoods throughout the City of Philadelphia. These programs are designed to maximize effectiveness and efficiency by creating partnerships with residents and businesses to foster sustainable communities.The Getting Results Framework, initially developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, has been also adapted for use in the School District of Philadelphia. It is one of the support tools to help school leadership team in the planning process to improve its public school system.

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                            14. Philadelphia fans are also known for their reputation for being the most intense fans.

                            Sports are a huge part of the culture of the city and Philadelphia fans are known for their extreme passion for all of their teams. Philadelphia is one of the few cities with a professional franchise in all four major league sports. Their major sports teams are the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Flyers. Whether you’re more interested in watching the big game, we’ve got you covered. Sure, Philly’s a big city, but within town, or just minutes away, there are plenty of great sports facilities.

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                              15. Philly’s got a vibe to it.

                              And of course Philadelphia is a city of great arts and performing arts. It is home to a vibrant and well-documented musical heritage, stretching back to colonial times. The Philadelphia Orchestra performs in one or two neighborhoods each summer, and its lighter version, Philly Pops, performs during the summer at an outdoor venue, the Mann, where you can come early and enjoy picnics and then music under the stars, with several times fireworks at the end. In addition the city has played an equally prominent role in developing popular music. Come on down to discover the extraordinary high quality music experience!

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                                16. When you feel like getting out and doing anything at all, go here.

                                If you are passionate about the great outdoors, visit Fairmount Park, the world’s largest municipal park. It offers opportunities for everything from fishing, go horseback riding, rollerblading, and hiking in the woods with scenic paths, playgrounds, an outdoor concert space, and picnic grounds along the Schuylkill River. And it’s all within easy reach of Center City. The mile-long stretch of scenic land known as Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the home to many museums and interactive experiences. This cultural hub features impressive architecture, historic monuments, and grand museums galore. Get a taste of Philly that’ll satisfy any cultural cravings at Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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                                  17. This is not a Chinatown you can see in other big cities.

                                  Philadelphia Chinatown is a predominantly Asian American neighborhood in Center City Philadelphia. Beyond the colorful China Gate at 10th and Arch Streets lives Philly’s vibrant Asian enclave, settled in the mid-19th century by Cantonese immigrants. Though small compared to its hectic and sprawling counterpart in NYC, Philly’s Chinatown is homey and not as daunting. It is nonetheless very much a true ethnic neighborhood, full of energy and a large selection of restaurants and markets to get a real taste of Chinese culture and food. The neighborhood is packed with restaurants and stores that represent true ethnic colors and flavors. See what’s in your fortune cookie.

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                                    18. Philly Art On and Off the canvas.

                                    Philadelphia is home to more public art than any other city in the country, and boasts world-class museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Rodin Museum. Philly also takes its art to the street, encouraging large, public murals through its Mural Arts Program. In Philadelphia, every wall is a potential blank canvas, and stunning murals adorn building exteriors all over the city. A public art project which encourages local artists to create works utilizing the city’s architecture has beautified the City of Brotherly Love and created an enduring cultural legacy. Begun in 1984 to help eradicate graffiti, the Mural Arts Program enables professional artists and young Philadelphians to showcase their artistic talent in a constructive way.

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                                      19.  A famous scene with Eddie Murphy was filmed here in the movie Trading Places

                                      Rittenhouse Square, one of William Penn’s original five, was known as the southwest square until 1825 when it was named for the astronomer-clockmaker, David Rittenhouse. Today, private homes are gone, but it still counts for something to live on the Square. The park is perfectly situated between wonderful restaurants and shopping and is always filled with musicians, artists, families, and picnickers. On Saturdays, the farmer’s market takes over one block of the square and you can pick up everything from fresh flowers, to homemade donuts, breads, chocolates, vegetables, and hot soup. So, get back on your foot on a nice day and remember to check out the beautiful charm and old architecture of the buildings in the neighborhood streets.

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                                        20. Learn all about science

                                        Founded in 1824, the Franklin Institute is a science museum and one of the oldest centers of science education. The Science Center also includes many pertinent attractions that are not museum exhibits. The museum continues to take on research programs in the areas of educational technology, school partnerships, and youth leadership. So give the gift of science to yourself and your family!

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                                          So, are you here in Philadelphia yet? My favorite reason to love it, though, has to be the people. There’s an amazing, eclectic mix of souls in Philly who make it an incredibly fun, inspiring and energizing place to live. There’s a great mix of artists, students, writers, musicians, small business owners and families, some of whom have lived here for generations. The people make this neighborhood. And they’ve made it an amazing place to live, work and write about.

                                          Featured photo credit: Philadelphia skyline via flickr.com

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                                          Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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                                          Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                          There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                          This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                          Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                          In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                          One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                          There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                          By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                          When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                          Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                          In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                          What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                          What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                            1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                            Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                            • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                            • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                            • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                            • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                            2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                              Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                              Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                              3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                  Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                  A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                  A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                  On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                  5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                    Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                    6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                      Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                      7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                        Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                        How to hold a plank position

                                                        1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                        2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                        3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                        4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                        5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                        6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                        7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                        Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                        Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                          How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                          1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                          2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                          3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                          Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                          Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                          You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                          • Prolapse
                                                          • After prolapse surgery
                                                          • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                          • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                          • Previous childbirth
                                                          • Overweight

                                                          Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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