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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Swimming is a good all-around exercise

Although it's certainly not summer yet, my thermometer is already into the 90s.  It's time to think about how to stay active during our warm months.

Of course, the first thing that comes to my mind is getting into the water.  As an adapted Phoenician, I don't tolerate cold well and have a harder time swimming (even indoors) during the colder months, so I am looking forward to being able to swim laps this summer. 

Water can provide a perfect all-around activity.  You can tone while doing aerobic exercise; water provides 360-degree toning for all of the body parts you have submerged and moving.  Aqua aerobic classes are a wonderful option.  You can meet new people and you'll have an instructor to teach you moves and help keep you motivated.  Check with your local parks and recreation department for affordable classes.

If you can't get to a class, there are still many things you can do on your own.  Swimming laps is excellent for strengthening your core.  Even if you can't do it very well, try swimming a lap or two, then do another activity, then swim a couple more laps, etc.  Walking back and forth with long strides, jogging around the pool or even just jogging in place are all effective exercises in the water.  Move your arms in either a breaststroke or backstroke motion to work your upper body as well.

Pool noodles can be used to add resistance.  "Bicycling" back and forth on them is a fun way to get a workout with very little impact on your joints.  In fact, that is one thing you don't get in the water:  impact on your joints.  Water exercise can be ideal for those with arthritis and other joint issues.