Monday, May 20, 2013

Finding my power

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Gym WearWhen I was a little girl, I knew in my heart of hearts that sports weren’t for me.   My heart was totally invested in me being active.  In fact, my childhood dream was to become a Harlem Globetrotter.  However, I was clumsy, uncoordinated and slow. As a result, I grew up believing that I had no grace, strength, coordination or power.
As I got older, I began to question these beliefs, and decided to start challenging them by taking up hiking.    I started slowly and eventually worked my way up to moving confidently down the trail.  I still tripped and stumbled on a regular basis, but at least I was moving. I felt alive and vibrant as I realized that my body could move! However, I still had no power. 
One day at the gym, the equipment used by the boxing coach caught my eye. I timidly asked my trainer if I could hit the heavy bag and he said, “Sure!”  He found me some old padded gloves, showed me a basic stance and “THA-WOP!!!!”   I hauled off and hit the bag as hard as I could.  I grinned and did it again. The excitement that rose up in me was electric. I had found my power. 
Within a month I was training with one of the assistants and had purchased my own gloves. After four months, the head boxing coach took me on, and now I dance around the ring, weaving and bobbing three times a week.   My coach and I have an agreement….I get to hit him as hard and often as I want, as long as he doesn’t hit back. J I leave each workout drenched in sweat and looking forward to the next one.  Now that I have found my power, I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. 

Submitted By Anna Huthmaker, President and Founder, Trail Dames

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Riding Horses on the Trails at Gunflint Lodge

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Riding Horses on the Trails at Gunflint Lodge

Usually when my sister Rose suggests something, I just say yes.  This time it was to take her two horses six hours north to the Minnesota-Canadian border to ride the cross country ski trails.  It really was a blast.
She had wisely put shoes on her horses as that part of the world is very rocky.  We rode for three days, about 2-3 hours a day.  I didn’t get sore where I expected, in the inner thighs, but boy was my back tired the first night!  It was such a treat to get that much saddle time. 
The horses were great.  The only problem was we got a little lost and ended up in a boggy area.  The horses did not like sinking into the muck, but they kept their heads and plowed through for us.  I’ll bet they’ll remember that!  I know I will!
We rode through every weather, sun, overcast, wind, snow, sleet and even hail.  But I was toasty in my JunoActive layers of fleece.  For the rain, Rose had those amazing Australian oiled slickers that made us as impervious to the weather as the horses. We made sure to pack out camping wear for those other days that didn't include rain or snow.
We stayed at Gunflint Lodge, riding along the winter cross country ski trails.  It looks so different from winter. The views from the high points were just amazing.  Our cabin was lovely, with dry wood stacked up and ready for the fireplace.  When we weren’t riding or feeding the horses, we were relaxing by walking her dogs, reading, cooking, and sleeping in the amazing silence of the north woods. 
While the food and facilities at Gunflint are amazing, they have no cell phone service, and there is no apology for that.  This is a place to reconnect with nature and yourself.  There is only a little internet and a pay phone in the main lodge.  I was at the desk when another guest asked about the service, and the staff person cheerfully said, “Oh, it’s down again, you’ll just have to try later.”   
Submitted by Anne Kelly

Anne Kelly

Thursday, May 2, 2013

What are the favorite activities of JunoActive women? Thank you for telling us!

What are the favorite activities of JunoActive women?  Thank you for telling us!

 It’s clear our customers love swimming and walking in all its forms and permutations!
They also love to do many other things, with notable interest in reading, working out in the gym either alone or in classes, and being outside.  Biking is a rising star, and so is entertaining.  Club sports like Tennis and Golf continue steadily along.  Our customers are great travelers, too.  Of course, relaxing is popular antidote to all that activity!
Totals by % of  683 mentions for 600 respondents
Swim             203    30%
Walk             171    25%
Relax              71    10%
Outdoor          61     9%
Gym               57      8%
Bike               39       6%
Travel            39       6%
Club Sports    22      3%
Entertain        20      3%

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Fighting Bike Loss with a Foldable Bike

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.

 Fighting Bike Loss with a Foldable Bike
The Curvy CyclistAfter thirty five bike thefts over the years, I opted to make an investment in a foldable bike by Dahon. if you leave your bike unattended for over five hours, it gets stolen, dismantled or tampered with in some way!!  I used to joke that you had to have a bike to be a delivery person in the city, so I said that I gave 35 people jobs…  You gotta keep a sense of humor.  The price was a bit prohibitive, $650, but when I tally up all the bikes stolen since 1982, I would have saved about $5,000 if I had done that early on.  I fought buying a foldable bike not only because of the price tag but because I felt like I would look like a refugee from a circus act riding it. 
I researched the various brands and wound up buying a foldable bike that weighs about 28 pounds.  I bought a bike bag to put my bike in as hoisting it up on your shoulder gives you much more leverage than carrying it satchel style.  I have to walk up two flights of stairs too, so I need the “containment” and the shoulder strap to protect my shins.  I get my upper body work that way, too.
I always hear the reprimand, “It’s awfully dangerous with all the traffic…”  Yes, it is but that’s part of getting up your nerve, acting like you are a moving vehicle and obeying the laws of the road.  I run the occasional red light, even go the wrong way on a one way street, and even take my bike on the sidewalk when there is a major traffic jam.  I confess to all these infractions.  I just don’t do them on a regular basis.  And I have a ‘bossy bell’.  So much better than yelling at people!!!  I have a bell that sounds like a bell, too.  Something recognizable that can pierce through earbuds.  I have learned the city back and forth, up and down, east and west, north and south, too.   
Please write to me with your comments and tell me how you embed exercise into your daily routine of life.  I hope you’ll share your stories of biking with me.  I’ve inspired so many people to bike that I’ve probably been instrumental in selling at least a dozen of these Dahon bikes to curiosity seekers who stop and ask me how I like the foldable bike. 

Yours in health and motion,
The Curvy Cyclist
Catherine Schuller