Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

Holiday stress

Holiday season isn't all just about food

Plan ahead to stay on the right track

Prioritize this Thanksgiving

Choose treats wisely during the holidays

Starting a weightlifting routine

Healthy body has right signs

You need a livable food plan

Tailor your food according to needs

Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

Traveling can challenge eating habits

Parenting your own inner spoiled child

Long-term motives create long-lasting results

Interval training works for anyone

Check ingredients when eating out

Get out of the house for your workout

Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

Cooking extra saves time and calories

Even small changes can make an impact

Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

Make your lifestyle and health compatible

A little exercise can yield big results

Food plans can help you eat right

Moderation is weight-loss key

Give your weight-loss plan time

Combat post-holiday blues with activity

Choose holiday calories carefully

Good kitchen tools make life easier

Enjoy feast in moderation

Start planning holiday meals now

Don't buy Halloween candy too early

Theaters offer healthy snacks

Try to avoid evening snacking

Tips to stave off hunger pangs

Stuck?  Reassess your routine

Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

Learn to love being thin

Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

Fruity thoughts to keep fit

Water can ease cravings

Working a pool into your exercise routine

Stay focused, move forward

Delay caving to craving

Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

Holidays are never-ending

Measuring food is key to weight loss

Food-logging can help in weight loss

Find ways to make exercise fun

Reserve time for your exercise program

Substitutions for your holiday treats

Moderation is key to good diet

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Working a pool into your exercise routine

Here we are again on the brink of summer.  Although it's hot and getting hotter, there is one very nice thing about this time of year:  pool time!  I really look forward to the opportunity to get off my feet and into the water.  After all, even heated pools can be hard to take during the winter months for us thin-blooded Phoenicians!

If you haven't tried an aqua aerobics class, I encourage you to try one this summer.  They are offered by Valley parks and recreation departments, through the YMCA and in many gyms. 

If you are not a member of a gym, check out one or two, ask for a trial pass and take a couple of classes.

If you can't get to a class but have a pool available to you, here are some ideas to try.

First, try walking.  Although it can be too hot for walking here in the summer, it's not in a pool.   Because of the added buoyancy and improved balance, you can take large strides that will increase mobility and add some stretch to your workout.  As you walk, be sure to move your arms.  Stretch them in front of you, or do a breast stroke.  You also can walk backwards with back stroke arms or sideways while lifting your arms up and down to the side as you walk.

You can also "bicycle" in the pool using a pool noodle.  Just hop on and move yourself back and forth using your arms and legs.  Move forward, backward and even sideways.  Try moving yourself by using just your arms or just your legs for an added challenge. 

Even better, grab a friend and have races.  Whatever you choose, have fun with it.