Smu Health Spotlight: Mckenna Cottam

McKenna may seem like your typical SMU student, but this girl has living a healthy lifestyle down to the tee.

She is a petite blonde with an adorable, infectious personality and a positive outlook on life.

You may see her killing it at the gym or out having fun with her friends.

Whatever she is doing, she really seems to have it all together.

Want to know how she does it?

What is your daily routine like?

I usually get up pretty early because I like to take my time doing whatever I do in the morning: coffee, breakfast, Live with Kelly, you know the usual.

I usually work out in the morning so Ill eat something light but that will give me energy and keep me full through my workout.

How many days a week do you work out?

I usually try and work out five or six days a week. Some days are a little bit more mellow than others. I try and do at least 30 minutes of moving everyday.

What does a typical day of clean eats look like for you?

Breakfast: Oatmeal with peanut butter and bananas or greek yogurt and berries.

Lunch: Im not huge on lunch but I tend to eat a small snack like lunches. Something like a small salad with some type of protein or an open face sandwich on whole wheat bread with turkey, hummus (instead of mayo), spinach, avocado and dijon. Later in the afternoon Ill have something similar or just a big snack

Dinner: Dinner is different every night but I try to include at least a fist size of protein and some dark greens, or some type of vegetable thats not super oily and fried.

I love quinoa as a grain because you can add almost anything to it and it will keep you full.

What types of workouts do you do and what is your favorite?

I do a lot of long distance running so its important to do cross training and resistance training as well. I will do longer cardio sessions about three days out of the week and more strength training and weight lifting on the other days.

Over the past few years Ive realized how important it is to do a little bit of everything.

A lot of girls are scared of picking up some weight or doing a few squats here and there, but thats the only way to get the results you want.

You cant just focus on cardio. Strength training is super important. It burns more calories throughout a 24 hour period, burns more fat and builds muscle, which burns more calories than fat.

What is your go to healthy meal/snack?

When Im feeling like I need a healthy but satisfying meal, I usually make turkey burgers with all different types of chopped vegetables mixed into the meat. Super easy, healthy and makes great leftovers.

Snacks! Love em. I usually will snack on things like some almonds, popchips with hummus and chopped vegetables. And any type of fruit!

Whats your favorite cheat food? 

If it is sweet, definitely ice cream sandwiches, or actually… anything with ice cream in it.

And if it is salty, macaroni and cheese. I have this weird habit of always wanting to try it at restaurants.

How do you incorporate college life into healthy living?

I try to have a healthy balance between a healthy lifestyle and having time for school and a social life.

Working out and a healthy lifestyle is something that can be hard for a lot of people to incorporate into their life but if you love it, which I do, it doesnt really seem like sticking to a plan or schedule. It is more about doing something I like and enjoy.

I work better and get more done when Im on the go so I usually workout in the morning and do my school stuff later in the day.

Im more energized and awake after I work out and it clears my head to focus on school and other things.

Though going out all the time isnt that great for someone, I dont let my lifestyle get in the way of having fun.

What do you do to maintain a healthy balance?

I kind of have this 80/20 rule. I tell myself if Im good 80 percent of the week I do whatever for the other 20 percent (on the weekends).

Who is your favorite fitness or celebrity icon? 

Hmm.. I love Kelly Ripa, she has great style and rockin bod and funny as heck. 

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  1. Reply

    Healthy Lifestyle? I need help with my health hw, so if any of you could help with these questions thanks!

    What does it mean to live a healthy lifestyle?
    What should I eat and how often?
    How often should I exercise?
    What type of exercise?
    How hard should I exercise?
    How much time should I spend exercising?
    How much sleep should I get each night?
    How do I deal with stress?
    How should I manage stress?

      • HealthNut
      • August 27, 2012

      http://Www.sparkpeople.com has all your answers.

  2. Reply

    What Is A Healthy Lifestyle For A 30 Year Old Male Adult? What foods should he be eating to be healthy?
    What can he do to become fit?

    Please also give me some tips on what a healthy lifestyle would be.

      • HealthNut
      • August 27, 2012

      Ummmm… these don’t seem like really hard questions

      foods= fruits, vegetables, meat (not too much), whole grains
      male adults should avoid eating too much sugar because sugar begets wrinkles

      fit?= get exercise, stop watching the TV and sitting on the damn sofa
      i recommend not eating late too

      pretty much common sense

      here’s my question about my apparent lack of a refractory period…

  3. Reply

    How Can I Pursue A More Healthy Lifestyle To Help Me Attain My Maximum Potential In Life ? I am 28, and have always had a bad health because of depression and anxiety. But I want to change it I need some tips on how to pursue a really healthy lifestyle which helps people in their mental and physical wellbeing?

      • HealthNut
      • August 27, 2012

      Two of the healthiest diets in the world are the Mediterranean diet and the Okinawa diet.

      Yoga often helps for anxiety and depression as it promotes mental and physical wellbeing.

  4. Reply

    How The Computer Is Supporting Us In Our Healthy Lifestyle? How do computer helps people in their healthy lifestyle? How can The computer help people? Is it from websites? advertisements? I need it really badly. How can the computer is supporting to improve our healthy lifestyle. in what ways? How can computer promote the quality of healthy lifestyle. How can computer convince people to stop unnecessary things like drugs or alcohol? How can computer HELP us?
    AT least 6-8 points would do. thank you.

      • HealthNut
      • August 27, 2012

      The computer is not a healthy lifestyle for people. It programs us to thinking we can find everything on here. Jobs, pay bills, shop, everything! We can do that ourselves and it seems technology is taking the chores away from us, that can be easily done by human themself. The computer can help us though when we need to find information, imformation fast. Websites help us retain information, advertisements are just like commericals there just trying to sell or maniupulate us to buy whatever their advertising. The computer is not improving our healthy lifestyle. Peoples eyes can go out of sight and hurt very badly(like mine and i’m only 15 years old.) from years and years staring at the computer. The worst thing to stare at is a computer screen — I don’t know why I still do it for hours at end, but I do. The computer will never promote the quality of healthy lifestyle, its just not possible. The computer can convince people to stop drugs and alcohol but if you think about it would you rather have an obsession over the computer for hours at the day, you have to be near the computer you have to be on it then doing drugs or alcohol? The computer is just as bad addiction as alcohol and drugs. The computer cannot HELP us other then give us fast information when we need it. The computer although has so much information and so many untrusted sites you never know if what your reading is a lie. And I hope I get 10 points because I just wasted my time answering this long question, I hope you weren’t just asking this for the heck of this — I hope it was for some essay lol.

      Take care bye

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    Why Is A Healthy Lifestyle Important In School? I need some ideas about Why a healthy lifestyle is important in school. I have to have an answer in less than 1000 words. Applying for college scholarship. Thanks in advance!

      • HealthNut
      • August 27, 2012

      You need a healthy lifestyle in school to concentrate on your studies. You need to be able to focus for one thing. You also need to plenty of rest, and a good diet.

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    Why Is It Important To Live A Healthy Lifestyle And Avoid Illness? Why is it important to live a healthy lifestyle and avoid illness?

      • HealthNut
      • August 27, 2012

      Being unhealthy or sick stops you doing things you want to do. Being sick when you could have avoided it is a waste of other peoples time if they have to look after you

  7. Reply

    What Would Happen If Everyone Started Living A Healthy Lifestyle Tomorrow? I’ll start the list:

    + Monsanto would go bankrupt.
    + McDonald’s and KFC would go bankrupt.
    + There would be a huge decline in heart disease and diabetes.
    + There would be a huge increase in commercial and private organic gardening.

    What else would happen if tomorrow everyone learned how to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle?

      • HealthNut
      • August 27, 2012

      Less air pollution
      trader joes and whole foods would have more business
      all soda companies would get less business
      subway would prolly increase in sales.

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