How to up your workout game with an active app and activewear

I’ve been working out with Aaptiv for a year now and it has met and exceeded my expectations. Whether you are beginning to get serious at fitness or a long time work out guru, you can find an Aaptive work out and trainer to meet your needs.

In this post I’m introducing you to two of my affiliates for you to consider for your active wear and physical activity. I certainly encourage you to patronize businesses in your community but if you want other options I think you’ll like these.

(Affiliate means that some links on this page lead to a shopping site and if you make a purchase, the retailer pays this blog a commission.)

What is Juno Active ?

For one thing, it’s a woman owned, woman ran company, dedicated to empowerment of their employees and their customers.

It all started at a YMCA aerobics class in 1995.

Founder Anne Kelly was busy breaking a sweat when she looked around the room and wondered where all the plus size women were finding good plus size workout clothes that weren’t just made from cotton. She soon realized they weren’t finding any good clothes built with technical fabrics or specially tailored for plus size women’s bodies.

Fresh from finishing her business degree in London, Anne was inspired to start a plus size activewear company to fill the gap in the activewear industry and meet the growing needs of active plus size women everywhere.

Junonia®, was founded in 1995 as a catalog company. Rebranded as Juno®Active™ in 2012, the company is now exclusively an online plus size swim and activewear retailer.

“Our swim and activewear styles are custom tailored for plus size women; we focus on fabric performance and design so our customers always look and feel empowered.”

Anne Kelly, founder

What their website says

“At JunoActive we believe that every woman deserves what she wants and needs, like stylish plus size activewear that looks as good as it feels and performs.We design, create and provide styles that last longer than an annual gym membership, with high-tech fabrics, tailoring for performance and athletic styles that flatter real, curvy bodies.

With SoftWik hoodie pullovers, compression bike shorts, yoga leggings and so much more, find all your essential spring season activewear right here. Our plus size athletic wear ranges from XL to 6X.”

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The JunoActive Blog

And you don’t have to buy anything to check out the JunoActive Blog with articles about work out tips, an active lifestyle, inspiration, workout fashion, and travel. Here’s one about working out in 6 feet of floor space.

JunoActive Plus Size Women's Swimwear Plus size shorts in many styles. Bermuda shorts, gaucho shorts, bike shorts, and more plus size women’s shorts.

Aaptiv– an app for that

With the proper activewear you can make use of the Aaptiv fitness app. I’ve been working out with Aaptiv for a year now and it has met and exceeded my expectations. Whether you are beginning to get serious at exercise or a long time fitness guru, you can find an Aaptive workout and trainer to meet your needs.

Aaptiv is an app that offers work out sessions led by professional trainers who talk you through a routine with background music. You might think that would be difficult without video. But in the past when I tried to work out with videos, I found I was often turned the wrong direction and couldn’t see what the trainer was doing.

By listening to and following the trainer’s spoken instruction, my workouts are more focussed and efficient. Aaptive added visual workout guides showing some of the positions used in yoga, stretching, Pilates, and strength training. You can also choose from ellipitical, treadmill, outdoor running, stair climber, and indoor cycling. There are also recordings for relaxation/meditation and to help you with sleep.

You can choose from a variety of activites characterized as beginner, intermediate, and advanced; these refer to the level of the work out, not necessarily your level of fitness. So you might be an advanced yoga practicioner, but if you’re new to elliptical, you probably should start with the beginner workouts.

Doctors know that physical activity is beneficial for almost everyone and can help manage many health problems. But if you have any health issues or physical challenges that might make exercise unsafe for you, discuss with your physician before starting. Or if you’re not sure if you do, talk to your doctor.

As you’re working through a routine, you may find it a little too challenging. No problem, you can stop and try a different one. Or continue, but move at a slower pace, or do fewer repetitions. You should avoid any movement that causes pain; you should feel challenged but not injured.

If you feel unwell during exercise, such as lightheaded, dizzy, chest discomfort, or extreme short of breath, stop all activity until your doctor determines it is safe to resume.

Aaptiv also publishes an online magazine filled with articles on fitness, eating, and health, like easy ways to cut waste in your kitchen.

exploring the HEART of fitness with physical activity

I hope this post inspires you to continue or start working out, a sport, or other physical activity. And if you use an affiiate link in this or other posts on this blog, you’ll create revenue that helps us share the HEART of health all over the world.

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How to relieve depression in 11 simple steps

Not everyone needs antidepressant medication, but when they do, it can make a dramatic difference. Medication needs adequate time and dosage to be effective, and once that is reached should be continued long enough for the depression to stay in remission.

When I started this blog I knew nothing about blogging so I looked for resources to help. One of the best I found was the ProBlogger Podcast by Darren Rowse- and it is free.

(This post uses several affiliate links to Darren’s website and other affiliates-these are ways for you to support this blog at no cost to you. )

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. He is active on TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and LinkedIn.

I loved listening to his Australian accent (which I rarely hear living in Oklahoma), appreciated his easy to understand instructions, and connected with his genuinely friendly attitude.

First, mid-life crisis

In 2018 Darren extended his influence through a Facebook group called Find Your Spark, which is for

people who have the common goal of finding their spark in life.

Darren Rowse


That year Darren wrote an article for Medium explaining how he was experiencing a mid-life crisis. The Facebook group started as a place for people who read Darren’s ‘sparks article’ and wanted to take part in the resulting 30-day challenge. Now anyone is invited to join the group.

Then, depression

Early in 2019, Darren shared in the group that he had been dealing with depression several months before. By that time he was doing better, and after receiving much positive feedback in the group he wrote another article for Medium explaining what had helped him manage the depression.

I appreciate the first thing he said was “I am not a doctor so I am not giving advice.” But he thought what helped him might help others, and since I am a doctor and I agree that these things are helpful, I am going to share them with you and add my thoughts on each. Of course, if you want to go straight to Darren’s article, that’s fine too. Here is the link-

11 Things That Have Helped Me With Depression

1. Talking to my Doctor

Not everyone with depression needs to see a psychiatrist; there may not even be one near where you live. Family physicians receive extensive training in depressed mood, as well as the physical problems that can precipitate or result from depression, like sleep problems, weight gain or loss, chronic pain, and fatigue.

2. Medication

Not everyone needs antidepressant medication, but when they do, it can make a dramatic difference. Medication needs adequate time and dosage to be effective, and once that is reached should be continued long enough for the depression to stay in remission.

3. Exercise.

I routinely recommend that depressed persons exercise; actually, I recommend it to everyone. Done properly, it almost never causes a problem, and is known to improve depression, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain.

Here’s a post that offers you some motivation to move more with confidence and purpose.

4. Getting a dog

Probably any type of animal contact helps lift one’s mood. I found this true myself this summer when my husband was recuperating from an ankle fracture. Since he was non-weight bearing in a cast, he was confined to home except trips to the doctor so I stayed home with him other than work. During this time, we took care of a friend’s cat while he was out of town. We had not had an animal in our home in a long time but we quickly bonded with the kitty and found her entertaining and calming. Her presence took our minds off the pain and uncertainty about my husband’s injury.

In this post I explained how animals can help people heal .

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5. Telling friends and family

I agree with this as long as those friends and family are supportive. I would start with those closest, who probably already realize something is wrong. You do not need people who will blame you for your depression, tell you to “just snap out of it”, or advise unsound treatments.

6.Improving my diet

Like exercise, this one is universal. Even people who aren’t depressed can benefit from eating more plant based whole foods, like the ones I discussed in this previous post.

7. Journalling

Whether you call it a diary, journal, or blog, expressing ourselves in writing can be therapeutic. Or for some people it may be another form of writing, like poetry, essays, short stories. Other forms of expression like the visual and performing arts, photography, crafting, sewing, and needlework can be soothing, calming, and satisfying.

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8. Reading

Obviously, you’re a reader, although you may not be doing it to treat depression. I think this can help 2 ways.

First, by reading books and other media specifically about depression to learn more about its causes and treatment.

Second, by providing an outlet for fun, humor, reflection, learning, thinking, growing- all of which can deflect depressive thoughts and attitudes.

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9. Creating new projects

Much of this I alluded to in #7, but consider taking on new work projects, community activities, and family events. People with depression often feel overwhelmed, so don’t rush this one, so as not to aggravate those feelings.

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10. Volunteering

Depressed people often feel isolated and lonely and may avoid other people. Volunteering can make it easier to connect-unlike social events, volunteering usually has a set agenda so you know what you’re going to do and even say. That can take the pressure off trying to make small talk and be sociable when you don’t yet feel so. Sharing with others who need our help makes our own problems seem less intense.

Your community likely offers numerous opportunities to volunteer. Also check out this list for other opportunities to get involved in helping others.

Sharing the HEART of health

11. Prayer/meditation

Sometimes it has become almost a cliche to say to someone who is hurting, “I’ll keep you in my prayers.” But I think if we say that, we should mean it. Sometimes it can be hard to pray for oneself or to ask others for prayer, it may seem selfish or weak.

But prayer is an integral part of most faith traditions that I know of; Christians are encouraged to “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Thinking and meditating on scripture and other words of “faith, hope, and love” can counteract the negative thinking that usually drives depression.

You’re not alone.

Darren and I want to assure you there is hope for depression and you do not have to suffer alone. Start with your doctor and check out any other resources in your community and on-line. As Darren said at the end of his article,

if you know someone with depression who needs to read this — please pass it on.

Dealing with suicidal thoughts

Depression sometimes leads to suicidal thoughts, which may progress to plans, attempts, and loss of life. In a future post I’ll share how one well known woman faced and survived suicide. Read more now in this article by psychiatrist Dr. Melissa Welby

Suicidal thoughts and suicide prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

watercress words- exploring the HEART of mental health

In another post, learn about a woman singer and author who also confronted depression and won.

More ways to win over depression

I appreciate all of you who follow this blog; there are numerous other blogs to choose from so I am honored you chose to spend some time here. A special welcome to all my new followers from this past month.

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