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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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.