Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

12/29/12
Holiday stress

12/15/12
Holiday season isn't all just about food

12/01/12
Plan ahead to stay on the right track

11/17/12
Prioritize this Thanksgiving

11/03/12
Choose treats wisely during the holidays

10/20/12
Starting a weightlifting routine

10/06/12
Healthy body has right signs

09/22/12
You need a livable food plan

09/08/12
Tailor your food according to needs

08/25/12
Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

08/11/12
Traveling can challenge eating habits

07/28/12
Parenting your own inner spoiled child

07/14/12
Long-term motives create long-lasting results

06/30/12
Interval training works for anyone

06/16/12
Check ingredients when eating out

06/02/12
Get out of the house for your workout

05/19/12
Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

05/05/12
Cooking extra saves time and calories

04/21/12
Even small changes can make an impact

04/07/12
Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

03/24/12
Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

03/10/12
Make your lifestyle and health compatible

02/25/12
A little exercise can yield big results

02/11/12
Food plans can help you eat right

01/28/12
Moderation is weight-loss key

01/14/12
Give your weight-loss plan time

12/31/11
Combat post-holiday blues with activity

12/17/11
Choose holiday calories carefully

12/03/11
Good kitchen tools make life easier

11/19/11
Enjoy feast in moderation

11/05/11
Start planning holiday meals now

10/22/11
Don't buy Halloween candy too early

10/08/11
Theaters offer healthy snacks

09/24/11:
Try to avoid evening snacking

09/10/11:
Tips to stave off hunger pangs

08/27/11:
Stuck?  Reassess your routine

08/13/11:
Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

07/30/11:
Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

07/16/11:
Learn to love being thin

07/02/11:
Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

06/18/11:
Fruity thoughts to keep fit

06/04/11:
Water can ease cravings

05/21/11:
Working a pool into your exercise routine

05/07/11:
Stay focused, move forward

04/23/11:
Delay caving to craving

04/09/11:
Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

03/26/11:
Holidays are never-ending

03/12/11:
Measuring food is key to weight loss

02/26/11:
Food-logging can help in weight loss

02/12/11:
Find ways to make exercise fun

01/29/11:
Reserve time for your exercise program

01/15/11:
Substitutions for your holiday treats

01/01/11:
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.