Page 15 - Middlesex Health & Life - Fall 2012 Issue

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Where to go
Cheesequake State
Park
in Old Bridge offers a
3.5-
mile unpaved (dirt) trail.
Johnson Park
in
Piscataway features a
2.5-
mile paved biking trail.
Visit
Keeping Middlesex
Moving
(
kmm.org), a
website promoting eco-
friendly commuting, to
download a map of other
Middlesex biking routes
as well as brochures on
biking safety.
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f your little one needs eyeglasses, set your sights on
Optique Unique
(732.321.2020,
optiqueunique.com), an
independently owned eyeglasses shop in Metuchen. As
the name suggests, the one-of-a-kind store has an eclec-
tic vibe, with brightly colored walls and shelves lined with
a selection of more than 300 kids’ frames. “Our focuses
are durability and value,” says owner Barry Montalto. “We
really take our time to make sure parents are happy with
their selection.” While parents enjoy the one-on-one
attention from sales staff, kids are able to keep busy in the
store’s play area, which features baskets filled with toys
and games. “Kids make a beeline for the toys when they
get here,” says Montalto, “and they like that we remind
parents of the ice cream store one door down.”
The store also carries frames for adults from top
designers including Kate Spade, Badgley Mishka
and Burberry.
Spectacular
spectacles
The weather has cooled down, and the leaves are about to change
colors. What better time to get outdoors and see the state’s scenic
parks? Take a bike and you can add to that a challenging cardio
workout, a low-impact fat-burning exercise and a calorie-busting
activity (cycling burns about 550 calories per hour). Do it alone and
push yourself to set and beat goals, or bring a friend or join a biking
group to add a social experience to your workout. But before you
get started, heed these safety tips:
Adjust your bike:
Your leg should be slightly bent when the pedal
is down, and the handlebars should be positioned just below the
saddle.
Take tools:
You wouldn’t drive without a spare tire—the same
preparedness makes sense for biking. Bring a tire tube, a pump
and a patch kit (all available at biking stores).
Follow safety rules:
When on the road, always ride with, not
against, traffic.