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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Reserve time for your exercise program

Planning for difficult tasks "in the future" is easy, isn't it?  Were you planning to start an exercise program "after the holidays" but now find little motivation to get moving?

It happens to all of us.  My advice is to start small and live-able and work up from there. 

Often, the first hurdle is finding the time.  You need to make exercise a priority in your life, and then put it on your schedule.  When is the best time of day to exercise?  The answer is, whenever you will do it.  I have to exercise early or I'll get too busy and it won't happen.  Other people can't get out of bed early enough but find they are able to do something after work.  Some are able to get in a lunchtime workout.  The time may vary from day to day, but whatever time you can stick to is the best time for you to exercise.

Next, you need to determine what you are able to do.  Physically, if you haven't exercised in awhile (or ever), you don't want to start lifting heavy weights or running long distances.  A good starting routine might be a 20-30 minute walk.  I started out doing 20-30 minute water aerobic classes.  Sometimes I couldn't keep up and just jogged in the pool.  I reasoned that it was still better than sitting on my sofa. 

There may also be financial limitations.  Walking is free.  You can also purchase small, inexpensive weights at stores like Sports Authority or Target. 

If the weather is not cooperating or if you are not comfortable going out for other reasons, there are a lot of good exercise videos available.  For a beginner, I suggest staying away from titles that sound like extreme workouts.  They can be unsafe and you are likely to end up feeling discouraged.  Look for workouts that have words like "beginner" or "starting out" in the title or description.

Take a few minutes.  Set your priorities and your schedule.  Start with what you can do right now and work from there as you are comfortable.