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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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.