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Michele Pesula Kuegler is the founder of PeKu Publications and chief foodie at Think Tasty. She runs this one-woman show focusing on creating new recipes to delight her family, friends, and herself.

Meet the Specialist- Joan Jacobsen

by Michele Pesula Kuegler on July 28th, 2014

Joan+JacobsenWe have published fitness expert columns on My Fitness Tunes for several years.  In this column our specialists provide advice and insight for a variety of fitness topics.  One of these columnists is Joan Jacobsen, our senior fitness specialist.  Joan began writing for us in August 2011.  After a temporary leave, Joan returned in April of this year.  Always energetic and inspiring, Joan shares helpful ideas for health, diet, and fitness for our readers.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce Joan.

MPK: Our readers know you as the Senior Fitness Specialist. How did you get started in the area of fitness?

JJ: In 2009 I was on a mission to live a fit and healthy lifestyle after a simple blood test showed my doctor that I was a candidate for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. My weight was increasing and my health was becoming a threat to my inherited gene of a long life expectancy, so I decided I did not want to become a statistic and did a 180° turn. I began to eat healthy and I started working out with a newly purchased Wii Fit System for approximately 45 minutes each morning with strength exercises. I gradually added waist hooping using a weighted hula hoop, some yoga and finally running.

MPK: How often do you workout in a typical week?

JJ: I try to do some sort of physical activity between 4-5 days per week for at least 30 minutes for each session. There are days when I will work out for 90 minutes depending on my schedule for the day.

MPK: A lot of people complain that exercise is boring and redundant. Do you have any advice for that issue?

JJ: Mix it up, much like interval training. One day concentrate on weight bearing exercises such as Zumba, running or fast walking outdoors or on a treadmill, even yoga as a low impact form of this activity. The next day try the strengthening exercises like sit-ups and push-ups or lifting weights and using those elastic bands for resistance, and always remember to give your body a rest for a day or two after an intense day of workouts.

MPK: When you aren’t exercising or writing, what do you like to do with your free time?

JJ: Right now my free time consists of getting my new line of Boomerwear, which I’ve dubbed as activewear for seasoned bodies out in mainstream America. I’ve discovered that there were no garments specifically made and marketed just for us so I decided to become an entrepreneur and offer pants and shirts as accessible wear for everywhere! It is very important for me to have the fabric milled and the garments sewn right here in the USA.

MPK: What fun fact would our readers be surprised to learn about you?

JJ: I’ve traveled to 5 continents in my lifetime, missing only Antarctica and Australia, and perhaps someday I will visit those two as well!

You can learn more about Joan’s company, Running with Wrinkles, at the following sites:

Website – Running With Wrinkles – Activewear for Us

Facebook – Running With Wrinkles

Twitter – @runwithwrink

Pinterest – Joanie Jake

Etsy – RunningWithWrinkles


One Response to “Meet the Specialist- Joan Jacobsen”
  1. Thanks Michele for introducing me. I must say the photo is a little outdated, however I’m working my way back with everyone else who reads my monthly column to maintain my fit and healthy lifestyle once again. Thanks to all of my readers for your kindness and support!

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