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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Starting a weightlifting routine

A lot of people feel intimidated about starting a weightlifting routine.  They think it is something that is only for hard-core fitness types.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, all of us lift weights, every day.  We lift babies on to our hips, groceries in and out of the car and mattresses as we make the beds.

The misconception is that weightlifting has to start out looking like an Olympic event.  Like everything else in life, the best way is to start small and move on from there.

Consider that your body has weight.  Even if you have no weights or gym membership, you can use your own body for weight training.  

For upper body and core, good old-fashioned push-ups can't be beat.  Anyone can do them, practically anywhere.  You can do vertical pushups against a wall, or slightly harder ones against a stable surface such as a sink counter.  If you are comfortable getting on the floor, you can start doing them on your knees and progress to doing them on your toes. 

To do weight training for your legs, stand tall while holding a counter or chair with one hand, and raise your outside leg to the front and to the side.  For a greater challenge, don't hold on with your hand.

You can do bicep curls or triceps presses using water bottles, two liter bottles, or soup cans.  You can also use them for shoulder work.  Keeping your elbows slightly bent, raise the weights straight to the front or to the side.

Keep a log.  When you are regularly and easily doing 8-12 repetitions in three sets, make it more challenging.

You'll soon discover how much easier those "everyday" weight lifting activities become.