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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Find ways to make exercise fun

Now that it's February, are you starting to feel that your new exercise program is a drag?  There are lots of ways to make it more fun and interesting.

An exercise buddy is always a great solution.  If you can find someone with a similar fitness and commitment level, you can keep each other on track.  Chatting while walking or doing cardio helps pass the time.  Your buddy can also help you sort through life's non-exercise issues.

There are many electronic devices available to help pass the time.  You can get iPods and smart phones that play movies.  You can download audio books.  eReaders are also growing in popularity.  With an eReader, you can change the font size so that it's easy to read at a distance.  This is perfect for a treadmill or elliptical machine.  A great motivator is to commit to only watching that movie or listening to/reading that book while you are exercising.  You will likely find that it keeps you going longer as well as looking forward to your next session.
You can also try group fitness classes.  The instructor provides a distraction and helps to keep you challenged.  You can learn about muscle groups, proper exercise form and interesting new exercises and moves.  Dance aerobics and cycling classes are fun and easy to follow.   Most gyms offer classes for moderate level resistance training and weight lifting.  In cycling classes, you can set the tension at a level that's comfortable for you.  And don't forget about water aerobics, which is where I started my weight-loss journey. 

In a class, you will make new friends and might even find a buddy to enjoy other exercise activities with.  That's how I met Carol, my gym buddy.  We've been working out together for more than six years now.