Thursday, April 25, 2013

You can bike in those heels? I sure as heck can’t WALK in them!!


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If you are feeling inspired by Junonia's new blogger Catherine make sure you have the right workout attire, whether its for the gym, biking, or even just walking around town.

As  a committed New York cyclist, I find that I don’t change my shoes to a pair of sneakers.  I’ve actually   Leave it to an Italian girl to know how to protect your shoes!  Everyone always asks me, “You can ride in those high heels?”  I reply with a line that gets a laugh every time, “I sure as heck can’t WALK in them!!”
gotten used to biking in high heels.After spending time in Italy with my husband’s family, my sister showed me how to bike with your toes so your heels don’t get damaged!


You know the best part of all?  The savings!!  Taxi cabs are prohibitive…each fare is at least $12 and more if you are going down to the bottom of the island.  Subways are at least $5 a day.  I don’t have a car any longer so my insurance, parking, gas, etc. has been eliminated. 

The other great thing about biking is that I had a health check up the other day….my bone density is that of a 30 year old woman  (I am 55 year old stroke survivor) and my heart rate is 131/79!!  ‘Nuff said?!  So, if you are looking to burn some calories, build some muscle, exercise your brain and save some money, you simply must try a bike.  Even if you don’t use it to get around daily, you can find time to get out and get some fresh air.  Bike paths in parks are lovely and a real treat now that spring is in the air and the buds bursting.  Nothing like smelling a rush of honeysuckle or lilacs as you whiz by.

Yours in Health and Motion
The Curvy Cyclist
Catherine Schuller

Monday, April 22, 2013

Junonia's new blogger Catherine


If you are feeling inspired by Junonia's new blogger Catherine make sure you have the right workout attire, whether its for the gym, biking, or even just walking around town.


I get around.  And as a curvy girl on a bike with the extra wide seat, (which just barely accommodates my ample cheeks) I can actually say I do get AROUND….yeah that old joke applies to my mode of transportation as well.  I can’t believe how long I’ve actually been doing this.  I can say I’ve been using a bicycle to get around Manhattan since the early 80s!! 

How it All Started
Way back when in the early 80s….I had begun sessions with a trainer at a gym who told me I had to figure out a way to embed ten extra hours of cardio into my week.  In those days I was modeling and attending dance class everyday and going to the gym on occasion.  Living in Manhattan, in those days without a car, everyone walked everywhere as they still do.  Even with all that activity, I still had to bump up my calorie burning quotient!!  I went on a bike ride with my trainer one afternoon and even with the city traffic scaring the be-jesus out of me, the car doors opening, the cabbies darting from lane to lane, I was hooked.  I began to get around from go-sees (interviews for modeling jobs) and castings by bike and sometimes that took me down to the bottom of Manhattan and up to the garment center and back down to the photo district.  I was clocking about 40 miles a week all tolled.  And something started to happen…I dropped inches, toned up my derriere and legs, was more mentally alert and slept like a baby at night.    Yes, I was glistening when I arrived at my destination if it was a warm day, but I don’t perspire that much and walking around the city can make you glow anyway.  Biking is an intense aerobic activity (my target heart rate can get up to 150), but at least there is a breeze!! 

I don’t have any special workout gear I need except I love biking shorts under dresses and find the chafing is decreased and the wicking ability in the bike short fabric keeps me rash free.  I love Junonia’s QuickWik© Bike Shorts.  They hold me in and if the wind blows when I am wearing my skirt, all modesty aside, I am covered.

So that’s my intro to you as the Curvy Cyclist.  Stay tune for more updates and tales from the handlebars!!  I will report my trials and tribulations, adventures and thrills and hopefully not too, too many spills.  I’ve learned to fall and never break a bone, but that’s another blog in and of itself.

Yours in health and motion,
The Curvy Cyclist

Catherine Schuller

Monday, April 15, 2013

How old is ‘Too Old’?


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 Read all about how Anna Huthmaker shares with JunoActive by Junonia on how to stay young at heart.




What do you think? How old is ‘too old’ to swing on a swing set?  Climb a tree? Or better yet….roll down a hill? My heart says that I am never too old to do any of these things, but sometimes, my head does get the better of me. For instance, when it comes to climbing a tree, I want to feel the bark scrape my palms and the sap stick under my fingernails. I want to swing my legs up over branches and scramble higher and higher, until that wonderful feeling of escape and adventure overwhelms me.
But then I think to myself….I am 45 years old, overweight, and not particularly agile. I can just hear the 5 o’clock news caster now…”In local news tonight, middle-aged, suburban woman, Anna Huthmaker, is rescued from a tree while trying to recapture her youth.”
 Yep, that might be a bit embarrassing. 
However, a little research shows that I am not the only adult to feel this way!  In fact, there is a method of tree climbing that is safe and available to everyone.  So, of course, the Trail Dames had to try it out!  Ropes, pulleys and a foot loop all combine to get even the most reluctant climber up in the canopy.  You can swing from branch to branch and get in touch with your inner Tarzan (or Jane, as the case may be) to your heart’s content.
So, I guess the answer to “how old is too old” is….there is no such thing!!  Want to try a little tree climbing yourself? Go to www.treeclimbing.com and enjoy the wonder of seeing the view from the tree tops. (And while you are at it….roll down a hill or two…  ) Check out our video of rolling down a hill HERE.
  -Anna Huthmaker

Feeling inspired to be playful yourself? Make sure to check out JunoActive's Shop By Activity Department to make sure you have the right outfit for whatever you may be doing to stay active.

 

Monday, April 8, 2013

So what’s all this about insulating fleece?



   We are very picky about our fabrics at JunoActive and our wonderful fleece is no exception.  You’ll tee to run errands.  But it really shows its value when you use it as an in-between layer over a wicking baselayer, and under a wind-resistant outerlayer.  The loft traps air to keep you warm, yet allows air to circulate to keep you dry as well.  Amazing, enjoy!  And don’t miss out on our fully reversible double layer/double fleece items, like the Reversible PerfectTemp™Fleece Mock Neck Jacket for the twice the soft warmth!  Plus all of our fleece is up to 50% off! Shop our Plus Size Fleece Now!
love it around the house for lounging, or topping your

Monday, April 1, 2013

Feeling Cold


Unfortunately winter is not quite over so it got me thinking of how to stay warm while being active outdoors. I  used to think I could get through a Minnesota winter with just an extra sweater under my fall jacket. But then I discovered the pleasures of our ski jackets!  I now have several favorites, each perfect for a different temperature range.  Now I’m a happy camper all the time.   And if you are looking for a great purchase, check out our 3 in 1 styles ( Color Block 3-in-1 Parka and Solid 3-in-1 Ski Jacket) that have a fully fashion fleece jacket as the inner liner.  Wear together as a parka, as a all-season fleece jacket, and enjoy the outerlayer as your all season raincoat.  Check out some of the winter wear that is now on sale!   

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-Anne Kelly
President of JunoActive by Junonia