A Peek Inside the Life of Andrea Metcalf

A Peek Inside the Life of Andrea Metcalf

Andrea Metcalf, NBC 5 Chicago’s Fitness Expert, is someone I’ve come to know and admire more every day. I interned for her for about 5 months and now I work with her at Womensforum.com. She’s a role model and one of the hardest working women I know.

I did a profile piece about her for my journalism class. Take a peek at it, you might learn something new about her!

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Sneaky guide to exercise

Sneaky guide to exercise

It’s almost three weeks into the quarter and when classes start picking up and homework becomes more important, working out becomes less. There are some days I’m out of the house at 8:30 a.m. and don’t come home until 10 at night. (I’m sure I’m not the only one!) But, if you’re finding your schedule is often like this you might ask, “When am I going to workout?!”

If you’re feeling motivated enough, by all means, get to the gym at 6 a.m. and your problems are solved. But if you’re like me, working out at 6 a.m. on such a busy day just isn’t going to happen. Here are some tips for sneaking in exercise when you have super long days:

  • Walk up stairs whenever possible! Now I don’t mean walking to the 35th floor of the building, but if your class is on the 4th floor of Arts & Letters Hall, then don’t be lazy and take the stairs.
  • 10 minutes of walking between three classes = 30 minutes a day. Some people think that in order to get good exercise you have to be running uphill sprints on the treadmill. 30 minutes of  walking a day is an excellent cardiovascular exercise and will still help you achieve your weight loss goal. It’s better than not walking at all — Think of it that way.
  • 5 minute wake-up drill. I find it hard to believe you wake up at 7:50 and are out the door at 8:00 – If you can do that (without looking like a hot mess) I applaud you. However, most normal people need time to physically wake up in the morning. After you wake up before getting in the shower do: 1 minute of jumping jacks, 1 minute mountain climbers, 1 minute of burpees, 1 minute of squats and a 1 minute plank.
  • Check out FitStudio.com and register for “Drop 5 in 30 days.” It’s comprised of multiple quick 10 minute workouts by Andrea Metcalf that are simple and you can do them with a small space.
  • “There are many paths to Oz – don’t let the monkey scare you.” – Andrea Metcalf

How are your fitness resolutions coming along? I’ve been working at holding this plank for at least 30 seconds and finally got it! Keep working at it! Would love to hear feedback. Tweet me @GoalsForGals or Email me at Monica.Kucera@gmail.com.

Finally held this for 30 seconds today!
Finally held this for 30 seconds today!
3 ways to hold your fitness resolution accountable

3 ways to hold your fitness resolution accountable

Despite the 30 degree Chicago weather, I toughed it out for a nice run along the lake!  So worth it!
Despite the 30 degree Chicago weather, I toughed it out for a nice run along the lake! So worth it!

It’s easy to stay on top of your fitness new year resolution the first week when you’re super motivated about it – but as soon as the stress kicks in again and busy is taking over your life, your goals are put second. After listening to Andrea Metcalf talk about creating concrete goals, she offered some great advice for holding yourself accountable.

  1. Create Measurable Goals: Don’t just say things like, “I’m going to eat better this year,” or “I want to work out more.” Instead say, “I’m going to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday,” or “I’m going to work out three times a week.” Adding numbers to the equation forces you to hold yourselves more accountable and allow a support system to help you along the way.
  2. Create Direction: Know where you want to go and how you’re going to get there. If you’re going to eat more servings of fruits and vegetables, how will you go about doing that in a way where you won’t get bored of the same foods? If you want to work out three times a week, how will you manage doing so with work and all of the other things you have going on? Create a schedule and stick to it. If you have to wake up at 6am to get to the gym then do it. If you don’t, the only person you’re letting down is yourself.
  3. Track Your Goals: Write down your goals for each week – and I seriously mean only week by week otherwise you’ll get overwhelmed. Setting goals and following them isn’t supposed to be a stressor in your life, it’s supposed to be fun. Make it exciting. Find fun recipes for reaching your 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and have them planned for the week. If you want to work out three times a week, know on Sunday which days you’re going to do it. Therefore, you can cross things off the list after you accomplish them.

As for me, I’d like to work out at least three times a week as well as cut my calorie intake to 1250 a day. I plan on doing that by creating a list for each week as well as keeping a food journal. I know that if I don’t write out what I eat, I won’t care as much. If you can blatantly see the calories you’re eating, you’ll think twice.

What are you new year fitness resolutions? I’d love to know what your goals are and how you plan on reaching them! Tweet me @GoalsForGals or Email me at monica.kucera@gmail.com. Good luck!

Got a BOSU ball and free weights for Christmas! Feels great to keep fit in my own home! PS, did I mention I'm getting my personal training certificate? ;)
Got a BOSU ball and free weights for Christmas! Feels great to keep fit in my own home! PS, did I mention I’m getting my personal training certificate? 😉

 

Teaming Up With My Biggest Inspiration

Teaming Up With My Biggest Inspiration

By Monica Kucera

I’ve mentioned Andrea Metcalf in an earlier blog post and how she is a huge inspiration for me and my writing. Since then, I’ve become more involved and interested in the subject of fitness and health and decided to take my curiosity to the next level. Well, I’m happy to say I am one of Andrea’s new interns for this upcoming fall. I definitely could not be more thrilled.

Andrea Metcalf (Middle) & Guests while filming Cougars Across America
Andrea Metcalf (Middle) & Guests while filming Cougars Across America

This past weekend I was able to assist her in producing the Pilot shows of Today TV Live, streaming television straight

Kerry Knee -- Owner of Flirty Girl Fitness & I
Kerry Knee — Owner of Flirty Girl Fitness & I

from your computer screen! I got to meet the owner of Flirty Girl Fitness, Sergio Rojas – an NBC Fitness expert, Masala Bhangra fitness instructor and

Sergio Rojas
Sergio Rojas

MANY more. I learned a lot of information about the world of fitness and health and everything that goes into producing a television show.

Needless to say, I am more than eager to continue working for Andrea in the fall. This opportunity has proven the quote, “Fight for your dreams, give up on your doubts” to be true. Andrea is an amazing fitness journalist and a person I have admired for a few years now. Interning for her was something I never dreamed would come true.

I am more than gracious for this opportunity. If you have a goal — Go out there and get it!

On set of Today TV Live
On set of Today TV Live
How To Live The “Naked” Way

How To Live The “Naked” Way

By Monica Kucera

I mentioned Andrea Metcalf in my first post but I want to explain how I know her a bit more. She is a former DePaul cheerleader and I met her last year at our cheerleading alumni event where I became more interested in fitness journalism.

I went to a couple of her workshops when she was promoting her book, Naked Fitness. I attended a yoga workshop and a seminar regarding the benefits of eating cherries.

The yoga workshop was awesome because Andrea provided all the people there with this cool trainer mat, which is a good way to get a bit of a workout in when short on time. It has pictures on it of a “cartoon-like Andrea” doing different fitness moves like planks, squats and mountain climbers. I also learned yoga moves, like downward dog, that help relieve stress.

The second part was about cherries. Did you know that cherries fight inflammation? Well, you do now! Even dried cherries are a great snack and can be added to anything like salads and yogurt.

One of the most important things I took away from Andrea’s seminars was the importance of body alignment and proper walking technique. Not even that, but how beneficial walking actually is.

I’ve always had it in my head that if I don’t make it to the gym on certain days that I’m lazy and unproductive. But, I’ve never taken into account how much walking I do during my busy days. Walking is good for you and is a great way to stay in shape.

Anyway, Andrea is an admirable and awesome fitness journalist because her book is about staying motivated while dieting and achieving the body image you desire. It’s about breaking down the barriers that are stopping you from staying on track. I recommend it to anyone who is looking to get motivated to lose weight!

Follow @NakedFitness on Twitter and Facebook.

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