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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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.