Monday, April 10, 2017

Unplug to Recharge: What is Blue Light?

As part of our Unplug to Recharge theme for April, we’re focusing on ways you can unplug to cut out technology related stress from your life. Check out our general tips for unplugging and share your tips using #ThisIsActive on social media.

According to the Huffington Post, studies have shown a prevalence of negative effects on sleep due to constant usage of smartphones and the internet:

Harvard agrees, stating that blue light emitting from our screens is probably hampering our ability to get some quality shut-eye. “Blue wavelengths—which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood—seem to be the most disruptive at night,” the study reported.

What is ‘blue light’?

Blue light is a regular part of the light spectrum we see everyday. However, there is much more of it coming out of screens versus natural light coming from the sun. According to Scientific American, studies have shown that blue light disrupts your body’s ability to make melatonin, the naturally occurring hormone that helps you fall asleep at night.

Turn on iPhone's Night Shift feature
Since light is a huge part of how your body knows when to sleep or when to wake up, your body may get confused right before bed if you spend too much time looking at your smartphone or tablet right before lights out.

Of course you can always try to power down your phone for at least 30 minutes before bed. But there are also apps you can use to filter out blue light from your phone. If you use an iPhone, you already have a built-in feature called Night Mode. There are also several apps for Android you can download to filter out blue light, like Twilight or Blue Light Filter Night Mode.

If you have any issues falling asleep at night and you frequently use your smartphone before bed, try these two tips to help ease you into a better night’s rest. Let us know in the comments if you've tried any of these tips and if they've made a difference.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Unplug to Recharge with #ThisIsActive

This month we're celebrating the Unplug to Recharge.

We are so hyper connected these days. Between email, texts, phone calls, and notifications from several social media platforms, life can definitely feel overwhelming—especially if you're running after kids or juggling your work/life balance.

As much as we think we may need our phones 24/7, we need occasional peace and quiet from technology even more. Check out how our models like to unplug to recharge, and read our tips for getting your unplug on. Also—don't forget to share your active life with #ThisIsActive on social (when you're not unplugging, of course).

Friday, March 3, 2017

16-Year-Old Megan's First JunoActive Photoshoot

16-year-old Megan had her first photoshoot EVER with JunoActive—and we had a beyond stellar time with her. Watch our video interview where she talks about her first modeling gig and what she hopes to see in the future of active body positivity. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

#ThisIsActive: Q&A with Jill Angie of Not Your Average Runner

Our #ThisIsActive Q&As are part of an ongoing series to show how plus size women live their active lives. Share your active life with us on social media by using #ThisIsActive when you're breaking a sweat.

Jill Angie of Not Your Average Runner is a certified running coach and personal trainer who wants to live in a world where everyone is free to feel fit and fabulous at any size. She started the Not Your Average Runner movement in 2013 to show that runners come in all shapes, sizes and speeds, and since then has assembled a global community of revolutionaries that are taking the running world by storm. 

Jill graciously sat down and answered some questions for us to share her #ThisIsActive story. If you would like to be part of her running revolution, visit to find out more. 

1. What inspired you to start running?

I started running in my late 20s to lose weight. I hated it at first because it was so hard - but then I figured out how to do it in a way that felt good to me (run/walk intervals) and that’s when I got hooked. 

2. What advice do you have for women who are interested in running and but might be reluctant to start?

It’s easier than you think, and you don’t need to run fast or far. Try it a little at a time. Warm up with a 5 minute brisk walk, then jog for 30 seconds and walk for 90 seconds. Repeat that run/walk routine 10 times. Do that workout a few times a week and when it starts to feel easy, just increase the amount of jogging and decrease the walking a little.

3. What was your journey to becoming a triathlete like?

It was New Years 2010, and I decided to sign up for the triathlon on a whim. I hadn’t ridden a bike or gone swimming in years, but I was looking for a big fitness goal and someone told me about a women-only triathlon in Philadelphia that was great for beginners. I started training in January and had so much fun with it.

My only goal was to finish. The thing I was most worried about was swimming in the river, and so I took an open-water clinic to practice swimming with a lot of people around. The day of the race I was really, really nervous and almost didn’t even get into the water. But I knew if I didn’t, I’d be really disappointed in myself so I took a deep breath, jumped in, and did the race.

That race was such an amazing day. I came in almost dead last, but I had a huge grin on my face and tears of joy. It was one of the proudest moments of my life, because it was a goal that seemed so crazy, but I worked really hard and made it happen on my own terms.

4. Did you notice any mental benefits when you started running?

Oh my gosh, yes. Running has taught me that I’m capable of anything I decide to do, and training for long races has shown me how to keep myself focused on the present moment instead of thinking about the past or future. I’m much stronger mentally as a result of being a runner.

5. What motivates you to pursue an active lifestyle?

First and foremost, I love how my body feels when I’ve just finished a workout. That feeling of being both energized and relaxed at the same time is totally addicting. The feeling of accomplishment and pride in doing something difficult and not quitting is amazing.

But for the past few years, I’ve been very motivated by my coaching clients, because seeing them achieve their goals and watching them work really hard and overcome their own fears makes me want to be a better runner too!

6. What’s your favorite JunoActive piece to workout in?

My favorite is the QwikWik Bike Short - I’ve worn a pair for every single triathlon and they are amazing. They are comfy on the bike, but the reason I love them is because I can wear them for the whole race - from the water through the run. They dry quickly which means they transition easily from the swim to bike and don’t stay wet. And they’re a great length for running too!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Our New #ThisIsActive Campaign!

Plus Size T Shirt

We are thrilled to usher in 2017 with all new goals, ideas, and inspiration. This year, we’re focusing on our new #ThisIsActive campaign, designed to encourage women to share their active lives with others. We’ll be posting on-topic blogs each month, giving away our favorite plus size workout gear and featuring a monthly limited supply inspirational t-shirt as a gift with purchase. 

As part of the ongoing campaign to encourage women of all shapes and sizes to live and share their active lives with each other, we invite you to use #ThisIsActive when posting a workout selfie, a nice evening walk with your dog, or however you like to stay active. We think it’s important to share our active experiences with each other and the world—you never know who you might inspire to start breaking a sweat. 

Read more about the #ThisIsActive campaign here and check out our first video featuring blogger/influencer Amanda from below.