Valerie McCallum started her own business in health and fitness called Love Yourself and is pursing a career in healthcare. She has expansive knowledge on our beat and has a unique perspective by being a student. She is extremely passionate about health and fitness and has great advice for students wanting to make a lifestyle change.
Tell me a little bit about what Love Yourself is.
V: Love Yourself is a business that I have developed in the past month. I advise clients on nutrition and help them choose which BeachBody product will be best for them.
What is BeachBody?
V: BeachBody is a company that releases exercise and nutrition programs that are proven to give results. My personal business is devoted to helping women or men learn to love themselves by channeling their energy into improving their health and fitness.
How did you get the inspiration to start it?
V: This past December I visited a friend who shared her story with me about her business, AFeldeisen/Journey to success. Ashley Feldeisen, is now a Diamond BeachBody coach after starting her business just a year ago. She has lost 35 pounds, built physical strength, and adopted a positive attitude through this business. I decided that I wanted to take on the challenge of improving my health and attitude. I also decided that I wanted to have financial security when I attend nursing school. If I am consistent with my business I will absolutely be able to achieve this goal.
What kind of trends do you see happening in the health and fitness realm?
V: One trend that I have noticed since becoming a BeachBody coach is that many people who promote fitness are harsh and standoffish. I believe that it is important to support and encourage people no matter where they are in their health and fitness journey.
What programs or dieting options would you suggest to college kids?
V: I suggest beginning their journey with the 21 day fix and Shakeology package. This beginner/intermediate program is great because you are not cutting anything out of your life completely. Portion control and consistency are key. Plus, with our schedules, 30 minute workouts are perfect – and they are done at home.
What issues do you think are most prevalent in health and fitness right now?
V: I think the biggest issue with health and fitness right now is that people don’t make it a priority. I look at using these products as an investment. I am not spending 100 dollars a month on alcohol downtown. I am investing 100 dollars per month on Shakeology. Shakeology gives me the most nutritious meal of my day that makes me aware of what I am putting into my body. I believe that people are having trouble realizing how important their choices really are.
What made you choose Beachbody?
V: I chose BeachBody because I know the products work and it is not a scam. I lost 7 pounds after completing the 21 day fix one time. I feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally. These products work and the people that use them and interact with you make you never want to stop using them.
In your opinion, what are the benefits of working out as a college student?
V: As a college student, working out makes me more motivated, focused, and accountable for my goals.
What would you say to people who don’t feel they have the time or money to eat right and work out?
V: I would say that 30 minutes per day is only two percent of your day. We spend well over 30 minutes per day on social media or watching Netflix. As for money, I don’t think people realize that these programs are investments. You are not blowing your parents money or the money you may earn on your own. I work two jobs and I am a BeachBody coach while also a full time student at UGA. I am not trying to praise myself but I want people to realize that time and money are no excuse for neglecting their health. Shakeology ends up costing around four dollars per shake. This is half the cost of a meal at Chick-fil-a and I know we all find time and money for that. I would just say to them, I understand you are busy and this is an expensive-seeming commitment but it is a commitment that can truly improve your health and satisfaction.
Do you feel that UGA offers enough outlets for health and fitness?
V: I believe that Ramsey is a phenomenal facility for health and fitness. However, I know that it s hard for people to workout in public sometimes. Even then, they may not know how to work the equipment or be able to afford a 20-40 dollar per session for personal training.
What is your advice to people who want to make a healthier change to their lifestyles?
V: My advice for people who are looking to change their lifestyles is to stop downing yourself and stay consistent. Consistency is key!!