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Andrea Metcalf

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Divorced Women More Likely to Have a Heart Attack

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 10:28 AM

A new study released this week from Duke Medical Centre showed that women who divorce multiple times were twice as likely to suffer a heart attack than their married counterparts. Even a single divorce showed an increased risk comparatively. This study looked at the cumulative effects of divorce over a...

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Back Pain: Must Do Moves for Lower Back Pain

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 8:18 AM

With office workers sitting on the average of six hours a day, it's no wonder that back pain is the most common cause of disability. Simple strengthening and stretching exercises can help reduce back pain occurrences and prevent future incidents.

Try these...

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Trends in Fitness: 2014 IHRSA Show Review

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 2:18 PM

The International Health Racquet Sports Association, know as IHRSA, hosted it's annual international convention at the San Diego Convention Center this past weekend. The latest offerings for fitness studios and gyms are showcased at this event competing for the attention of club owners to implement as the keys to success...

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10 Moves for Your At-Home Workout

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 7:18 AM

Many people do not belong to a fitness club or attend regular workout classes. They opt for the simplicity of working out at home. This can save time traveling to and from the gym as well as money on fuel costs. For under $30 one can purchase a small set...

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Mistakes Women Make in the Gym

(29) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 7:15 AM

If it seems you are not seeing the results you want after spending hours in the gym, maybe it's what you are doing there that you should be thinking about. Here are five mistakes that women make in the gym.

1. No heavy lifting.
Although many women understand...

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Fall Inside With a Treadmill Workout to Make You Sweat

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 11:45 AM

With the weather changing, you may find yourself indoors for your work outs instead of outside in the park. The purchase of a treadmill can turn your spare room or basement into your own home gym. But just walking on a treadmill may not break a sweat. Challenge yourself with...

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Have You Dropped Your Exercise Program and Picked Up a Few Pounds?

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 12:00 PM

I stopped exercising and can't get motivated to start again. There are those of you out there that exercised regularly in the past. You were in great shape and felt strong. Then you fell off the wagon.

Don't think about why you stopped; you need to focus and how...

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Top 5 Mistakes You're Making in the Gym

(27) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 10:14 AM

Every time I walk into a gym, I see and hear things that make me want to jump up and down, things I want to run over and fix! On the train home from work, I overhear conversations that make me giggle, and hosting a TV reality show on weight...

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Secrets to Leave the Couch Potato Body Behind

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 1:46 PM

Have you realized that over the years, your body has changed? Is your couch a second station for your behind, next to your office chair? Do you believe that you need to do something to get rid of the spuds that have jumped onto your thighs?

It is up to...

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High Cholesterol in Skinny Kids?

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 4:28 PM

Adults aren't the only ones who deal with high cholesterol. This weekend I met Jason Myers. He is 14 years old and ever since he can remember, he was told he had high cholesterol. He joked that he got all the "bad stuff" from his dad, like allergies and high...

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5 Things You Should Do Every Morning

(2) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 4:34 PM

Morning mantras set the tone for the whole day. Here are five things you should do every morning to be healthy and successful.

Each morning the sun shines, the birds sing and it's another glorious day. With the winter cold, dark mornings and lack of any singing going on from...

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Fight Cancer, Ride With Chicago Bear Robbie Gould

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 3:28 PM

More than 50 percent of all cancer diagnoses in the United States are classified as rare.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Yet, the research to prevent and cure the debilitating variations of cancer is often underfunded, leaving patients with limited...

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If You Can Run a Mile, You Can Run a Marathon

(15) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 12:32 PM

When you read the title of this post, you may be thinking, "Yeah, right!" Although I have been involved in helping thousands of people get healthier, lose weight and even run marathons, I have never crossed the finish line of one myself. I was involved in competing triathlons (sprint levels,...

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We Choose to Climb Series 1

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 12:59 PM

Many of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook may have heard of a unique event this September. A group of amazing women have take on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in celebration of life and survival. I, myself, have so much to celebrate and be grateful for....

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Training For The Ultimate Mountain Climb

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2011 | 9:31 AM

Many of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook may have heard of a unique event coming up this September. A group of amazing women have take on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilamanjaro in celebration of life and survival. I myself have so much to celebrate and be...

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We Choose to Climb Series 3

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 2:57 PM

Many of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook may have heard of a unique event this September. A group of amazing women have take on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilamanjaro in celebration of life and survival. I, myself, have so much to celebrate and be gracious of....

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How To Pick A Personal Trainer

(3) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 8:19 AM

I receive many emails and Facebook questions, and wanted to share this letter I received.

Hi Andrea,
I am sorry to bother you but I was hoping to get your thoughts on finding a trainer.

I had a doctor's appointment and was disappointed that I...

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How to Burn Calories Without Going to The Gym

(54) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 8:22 AM

Finding time to exercise can be challenging. Many of us place time for ourselves at the bottom of the list, making others our priorities despite the fact that we also understand, "If you canʼt take care of yourself, youʼll have a harder time taking care of others." That being said,...

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Beer at the Finish Line?

(6) Comments | Posted March 5, 2011 | 5:06 PM

At the end of many races, including the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago, beer tents are lined with thirsty runners who reward themselves with a cold golden hued beverage. Being a participant in events like this one, The Lifetime Fitness Chicago Triathlon and many other races, it...

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Pet Pilates: Tone Your Core By Playing With Your Dog

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 5:39 PM

Pet owners tend to live longer due to the reduction in the stress hormone cortisol, according to a study at University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.

As the owner of two dogs, I have created Paws-ilates (TM). It blends spine-strengthening exercises, core toners and some simple lifts with...

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