Monday, October 10, 2016

Break a Sweat in our New Plus Size Performance Fleece Jackets

Fall has definitely arrived–and so have our two new performance fleece jackets. We’re really excited about these because they’re not your typical fleece activewear. The outer shell is super soft, smooth, and pill-resistant, while the inner layer is made from brushed fleece that wicks moisture away from the skin to keep you dry and warm.

Our SoftSport™240 Fleece Full Zip Hoodie is designed for those of you who love easy access to controlling your temperature quickly while you’re on a brisk walk or out for coffee with the ladies. All the pockets have zippers so you can make sure your phone, keys, and everything else you take with you stay put, no matter what level of activity you’re doing. The zippers and logos are reflective so you stay visible during late evening walks or errands. This hoodie is also cut with a little extra length in the back so you can run around comfortably without your hoodie inching up in the back. This hoodie comes in three really great heather colors: Grey, Dahlia and Sea Green.

The SoftSport™240 Fleece Pullover Plus Size Hoodie is great for active women who love the comfort of a pullover during workouts and running errands. The moisture-wicking, pill-resistance fleece fabric is ultra-soft on your skin. Thumb loops on the sleeves provide extra warmth for your hands during brisk fall activities, and the half zip helps you effortlessly regulate temperature. Just like the full zip hoodie, all the pockets have reflective zippers so you can stay visible and securely store anything you need on-the-go. There’s even a handy zippered pocket on your sleeve for extra safe storage of earbuds, cash or your small house key. The pullover is also available in Heather Grey, Heather Dahlia, and Heather Sea Green.

Besides the high-tech features (and the amazing price), what makes these JunoActive hoodies stand out is our size range: XL to 6X. Most mainstream plus size activewear brands stop at 3X. We’re committed to making sure that every body has the right performance wear for their Active. Life. Style. Follow us on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook for exciting news, product releases and more. And don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list for an instant $20 off your order and exclusive promotions delivered right to your inbox.

Monday, September 26, 2016

7 Healthy Recipes We're Loving This Fall

Is there anything better than fall cooking? The extreme heat of summer has finally subsided, leaving you free to fire up the oven without overheating the house–or yourself. The fall harvest season delivers some seriously drool-worthy, fresh produce fit to make any homemade meal a 5-star dinner. The best part is all of these dishes use produce that’s in-seasonmeaning you’ll save money buying seasonal veggies and get to experiment with tasty new ingredients you may have never tasted before. Here are 7 healthy (and extremely yummy) recipes that are perfect to whip up this fall.

One-pan dinners, especially during the week, are lifesavers. Just a little bit of prep work, throw it on the pan, and that’s it. Plus with this recipe, you’ll get a taste of all the best fall veggies in one simple, delicious dish.

A cozy fall, vegetarian take on a classic Italian dish. ‘Nuff said.

Soups are always a great way to use up all the loose-end veggies that are about to turn. Pro-tip: make a double batch and stick some in the freezer for nights you need a quick dinner.

Stuffed anything is usually always a good idea. Stuffed mushrooms? Even better. Try this with extra spinach or mixing in artichokes for a bite-sized, healthier version of spinach artichoke dip.

Who knew pumpkin could be turned into a delicious, savory fry? This is definitely a recipe that will please everyone, from picky eaters to partners who will try anything. Make as a Saturday afternoon snack or as a side paired with baked chicken.

That name itself is enough to make you crave crisp air and snuggling up next to the fire. Serve this as a dessert or enjoy as a gluten-free, nutrient-packed afternoon snack.

Before the drop of the first fall leaf, pumpkin spice takes over nearly every menu, from coffee shops to your favorite restaurant. Try this healthy spin when you crave sipping on something sweet.

Friday, September 16, 2016

JunoActive Is Now Mobile!

We’re excited to announce that our mobile site is now live! For the over 30% of JunoActive customers who shop with us on mobile already, your experience just got a whole lot better. For everyone else, it means that when you’re waiting for kids after school, standing in line for coffee, or resting in between laps around the field, you’ll be able to shop new and classic JunoActive looks with ease right from your phone.

Our goal in building a mobile site is to make your experience shopping with us smoother than ever. With over 45% of all shopping involving some kind of mobile interaction–whether that’s from Facebook or checking emails on-the-go–mobile shopping is quickly becoming the go-to device for shoppers and JunoActive customers. 

Special promotions that you receive exclusively by email can also be used on the mobile site, so don't forget to sign up! You can join our mailing list by entering your email address at the bottom of our homepage. We have a killer tiered promotion going on now that you can use on mobile or desktop: 10% off $125, 15% off $200 and 20% off $300.

 Let us know what you think of the new mobile site on Facebook or in the comments below!

Monday, August 29, 2016

A Killer Plus Size Workout in Less than 10 Minutes

Have your heard of High Intensity Interval Training, commonly referred to as HIIT? Everyone from the New York Times to Hello Magazine has been raving about the super-short workouts. They’ve even been scientifically proven (per the NYTimes) to deliver the same amount of impact as more traditional workout sets.

What is HIIT, exactly?

HIIT workouts are short, high-intensity bursts of exercise followed by intervals of less intense activity or rest. For example, that means you can run as fast as you can for one minute and jog for the next minute, repeat 4 times, and reap the same benefits as running at a moderate pace for longer. It may sound too good to be true, but multiple studies (like this one from the University of Minnesota) have shown its effectiveness in delivering the same results as other less-intense, longer workouts.

You can do it with any exercise you like–running, swimming, squats, you name it. But definitely check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine. Here are some popular HIIT workouts you can try:

  • 30 seconds brisk walk and 30 seconds sprinting, set of 4 (8 minutes total)
  • 30 jumping jacks and 10 burpees, set of 4, rest one minute in-between each set
  • 30 seconds plank and 30 seconds jump rope, set of 4, rest one minute in between each set

The beauty of HIIT workouts is the benefit of saving time, but still getting in an effective and worthwhile workout. Most nights, the hardest thing to do after a full day of work, dropping kids off at soccer, running errands, or cooking dinner, is finding the time (and energy) to get in a good workout. Sporting the right plus-size performance activewear–and knowing that you can get a great workout in under 10 minutes–will definitely give you the boost of aerobic inspiration you're looking for.

Have you ever tried a HIIT workout? What did you think? Let us know in the comments or share your story with us on social: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The JunoActive Fit: High-Performing, Versatile Style

Active. Life. Style. Those three words accurately paint the picture of JunoActive’s goal with our specially designed women’s plus size clothing. We want to make sure you always feel confident and capable in our fashionable and functional activewear. The faith we put in our clothing has come from the long hours of hard work we’ve invested in developing a size chart that is grounded in facts, not unreliably sourced information. Many companies claim they have the best fits to offer consumers, but what really makes a good fit and how do you know it’s not another one-size fits all gimmick? More importantly, how does JunoActive achieve a fit that sets us apart from other plus size clothing companies?

JunoActive is unique in the way we design and think about our plus size activewear. Unlike larger
companies that often use a manufactured approach to creating and sizing clothing, our plus size garments are developed around the actual measurements of modern-day women with curves. Most plus size women do not actually have an hourglass shape as the media depicts and we wanted to factor this into our sizing. JunoActive conducted a size study where measurements were taken and compiled from real plus size women. That collection of data helped create the current JunoActive custom sizing chart, and is the foundation of our high performing fit.

With a solid foundation of accurate sizing, clothing design is much more easily facilitated. Our inspiration comes from examining the fundamentals of successful garments and using those observations to create versatility. We constructively think about details and what kinds of solutions a piece of clothing can offer. Do we need to provide support, coverage or compression? Are there certain activities this garment is intended for, or is it a flexible article of clothing? Additionally, how can we make the design stand out while simultaneously flattering the body?

Our fabulous technical designer Renae Redenius working her magic

Exceptional design is not without challenges when it comes to executing ideas. While there is no way to make one piece of clothing that fits every woman perfectly, we use tactics to ensure the widest array of body types are flattered. One way is by offering different lengths of garments, which work with different silhouettes. For example, many of our tops are offered in tunic and regular lengths and our swimwear features some items with bra cups and some without to accommodate for different bust sizes.

We source and use high-tech fabrics, since they greatly enhance a garment’s fit and design. We select fabrics that stretch and move with your body, offer support and don’t cling. Our knit fabrics often include a touch of spandex, which offers stretch, support and ease in putting the garment on and taking it off. The feel of the fabric against the skin is also highly considered in selection, which adds another element of comfort while wearing.

After all these technical aspects of design are factored in, it is our goal that the women wearing our clothes feel confident during any activity, be it something sweaty or grabbing coffee. A good fit is imperative, because poorly fitting activewear or swimwear can be distracting and unmotivating. Our tried and true sizes range up to 6X and how the item fits stays consistent throughout the sizes. At JunoActive, we work diligently to create clothing that enhances all parts of a woman’s active – life – style.

A special shout out and thanks to Renae Redenius, our technical designer at JunoActive, who provided the logistical tidbits for our post on fit.