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 Live Ravenously with Dr. Marina Kostina

An Interview with the Nation’s Top Fitness Expert Andrea Metcalf

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get healthy and fit. The gyms are jam packed during the first week of January, and our friends solemnly declare all over social media that THIS year, they will definitely get in shape… yet the harsh reality is that by January 17th, the majority of resolutions are lost, and those posts in sexy workout outfits disappear in cyberspace.

As a person committed to fitness, wellness and happiness, I believe that New Year’s resolutions are actually dangerous. They give us hope, but when our regular routine comes knocking at the door, we return to it and find ourselves in an even more negative state because of the added feelings of shame and failure.

The best approach to getting and staying healthy and fit is to create a fun routine that keeps you healthy on an ongoing basis. That’s why for today’s article I consulted the nation’s top fitness expert, Andrea Metcalf, who proposes out of the box solutions to fitness and health. Andrea is the creator of the Chicago Achievers Project, which helps you form healthy habits during eight weeks while you are guided, motivated and excited about your progress!

Andrea is passionate about fitness, health, wellness, and inspiring people to live their best lives. With over thirty years of experience in the healthy lifestyle industry, she has become recognized by national media outlets as a trusted expert and adviser. As a nationally requested speaker representing the AHA and AAP among many other leading health authorities, she is the best-selling author of Naked Fitness (Vanguard Press), a fitness DVD choreographer and trainer, as well as a force in the business media world. Most recently, she has been recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a fitness expert, writing for their health driven outlets.

Andrea, your business specializes in 40+ fitness, which is a very important yet very difficult target audience to work with. People after 40, especially women, are often full of self-doubts and limiting beliefs. Many of them give up on themselves, believing that hormonal imbalances and aging are inevitable and will prevent them from achieving their optimal health and desired weight. What advice do you give when you hear these excuses?

Everyone can improve their overall health by making small, simple changes.  Though it may seem impossible to make changes once you’re getting older, everyone can change. It takes a bit of education, inspiration, and dedication, but together with the right people, you can achieve your goals. The Chicago Achievers Project is an eight-week community program consisting of weekly lectures, weight and/or emotional check-in and a weekly workout. The kickoff event is January 18th and includes workouts, vendors, and even chair massage appointments courtesy of Chiro One Wellness.

You are a fitness celebrity that has been on over 500 TV shows, including NBC, CNN, and Good Morning America, among others. The majority of people looking at you would tell themselves that your beautiful appearance and perfect body is a result of a glamorous lifestyle…Do celebrities really know something else about fitness that the majority of us don’t? Are there any secrets that you could share with us?

Many celebrities have larger budgets for looking their best—they have private coaches and chefs, but keep in mind that appearances are part of their overall business. You don’t need a large budget to look, live, and feel your best. You need a routine that you can do, daily movement, and a conscious effort in making changes. If you want to go further in your career, there are things you need to do to get there. Your health is the same. My secrets for better aging are simple:

  1. Eat consciously. Enjoy more fruits and vegetables and put more healthy items in your cart and on your plate, rather than focusing on what you shouldn’t be eating.
  2. Move to feel your best. Exercise feels good—most of the time when it is over!—but anything that you like to do that gets you active like dancing, walking, swimming, classes, etc. is the type of exercise you should be doing.  January is a great fitness month because of all the deals that are out there, like the Chicago Achievers Project Festival Kickoff. For $10 you can try up 6 different workouts, meet vendors of health foods and products, and learn where your journey is going to take you!

 In January 2020 you are bringing your Chicago Achievers Project back. Can you tell us a little more about this incredible event and how can Chicagoans benefit from it?

In 2015, we kicked off our first-ever Chicago Achievers Project and helped over 100 Chicagoans meet weekly and achieve better health. We had many amazing weight loss stories as a result of the challenge, and even more mindset changes. This year’s five-year resurgence will offer participants weekly meetings, a variety of personal training opportunities, and weekly raffles for items like activity trackers to protein powders. You can attend weekly lectures for free. For only $99 you can get 3 personal training sessions, and a yoga class after the lecture for 8 weeks. If you complete 6/8 weeks you can use your $99 towards studio’s Fuse class packages or membership.

What are some highlights of the event?

The event will offer 20-minute chair massages and the chance to win classes to keep you going on your fitness journey.

I am super excited about this project and very honored to be one of the speakers on Jan 28th! Check out this incredible opportunity to start your year right so you can finish it even better!

SIGN UP HERE: https://am4604.wixsite.com/chicagoachieverspro

 


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