Archive for 2011

12 Days of Fit-mas!

12 pairs of running socks - Everyone always needs socks...
It is my favorite time of the year! The snow….well, the lack of it. The holiday cheer. The GIFTS! It is not too late to give someone something that will bring health and fitness into the life. The start of the new year in 2012 is fast approaching. It is not too early to start... Read more »

The top 10 reasons why I love being active in FALL

The top 10 reasons why I love being active in FALL
This summer has a very rough one. Admit it! The heat, humidity, and smog……BLEH! It is so good to see September on the calender and the cooler temps that came with it.  I personally prefer late Spring and early to mid Fall as my favorite times to be active. It brings happy memories of training... Read more »

How will YOU remember 9/11 after 10 years has passed?

How will YOU remember 9/11 after 10 years has passed?
  I know that this is an exercise blog that I write for, but I am doing to change up the topic a bit especially for this week. This week starts a remembrance for those who have been lost on this sad day in American history. It has been 10 years since terrorist attacked our... Read more »

Do you have a hidden outdoor gem?

Do you have a hidden outdoor gem?
The weather here in the Chicagoland area has been challenge to stay active without having to dodge storms or the oppressive heat and humidity. I am always looking for new places to go ride my bike or head out for run. I am not a person who goes for the same old – same old... Read more »

ChicagoNow gives WBEZ a HUGE (soft)ball beating

Happy Summer to everyone! I hope everyone’s attempting to enjoy this awesome weather.  The weather may not be always cooperating, but it could be worse…like SNOWING. I am spending part of my summer playing on the ChicagoNow softball team. We are part of a Chicago media league against several of the other media outlets like Chicago... Read more »

What's your passion?

Yes, what is your passion? Where’s your fire? In order to enjoy anything in life, it is important to have some passion for it. It could be for running by your favorite lake front spot.  You can show zest for taking a long cycling ride on your favorite path. Those are both for starters. Without... Read more »

Are you really ready for the BLIZZARD?!

Are you really ready for the BLIZZARD?!
I know that this is a blog on being active. But when the storm of the century is on our doorstep, it is definitely worth talking about. For someone who was born and raised in Minnesota, I have seen my share of these storms. I still remember the infamous 1991 Halloween Blizzard that cancelled class... Read more »
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    Greetings, Chicago Suburbanites! Welcome to Active Suburbia! My name is Denise, but I am known as Firefly, Red, and "Hey there". I will be your tour guide to everything active within the Chicago suburbs. In this blog, I will be your guide to places within the Chicagoland Suburbs that will help lead a more active lifestyle and a lot of fun too. In fact, studies have shown that reading this blog will bring a smile on your face, a spring in your step, and burn those last nasty 5 lbs that you can't get off. (Ok, everything's true except for the last one that hasn't been proved.....YET, but I am determined to make it true.) Here's a short introduction about myself: I am a very active person. You can say that I have endurance, determination, grit, and hard work in my bones. I enjoy running and cycling. I have completed a couple of marathons, half-marathons, 5K's, etc in my running career. I also enjoy trying most things active and willing to explore if I have to. I enjoy checking out the trails near me and doing a lot of running. I also enjoy teaching Pilates and yoga. I am also a suburbanite living in the awesome suburb of Berwyn. I am a suburban girl at heart and love every minute of it. I originally grew up in the frozen tundra of the Twin Cities. I am also a die-hard sports fan and enjoy the competitive nature of it. I love baseball, college and professional football, and even hockey. I am always interested in finding more fun places within the Chicago suburbs. If you know of a gem, shoot me an e-mail at You can also follow me on Twitter too.

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