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Deena Russo

Deena Russo is a certified personal trainer and body-sculpting specialist in Los Angeles. Her clientele are men and women of all ages from high school students to senior citizens.  She has experience with prenatal and postnatal exercise techniques and encourages women to stay fit during and after pregnancy. She has been involved in the fitness industry in New York and Los Angeles for the past 14 years.

Her New York experience as an aerobics instructor and private trainer includes training groups at Nassau College on Long Island as well as many fitness establishments in the tri-state area.  Deena has trained with fitness experts in many fields of fitness including core training, flexibility and balance, bodybuilding, and yoga.

She currently resides in West Los Angeles, CA   and is training at a variety of locations including private homes and gyms. She enjoys occasionally taking clients on an outdoor excursion where aerobic activity is mixed with resistance training for body sculpting.

Deena works together with chiropractors and holistic doctors for clients that have special rehabilitation needs and limitations. She has recently trained clients for the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in San Diego.

Her career in fitness began as a talk show host for a New York based television health show entitled “Creative Wellness. The show covered such topics as exercise, nutrition, self-empowerment and holistic healing. She has worked as a self-esteem coach and has led guided meditation and goal setting groups.

If it’s a trainer who genuinely cares about people and motivates her clients to push past their comfort zones and become leaner, stronger, healthier and more self confident, it’s Deena you want. Strongbodyforlife.com or 310-948-2364 Santa Monica

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Baby Boomers Investment in Fitness

People arrive at middle age and become consumed with their financial investments and retirement funds.  This is all good because you need to set your nest egg up for your future and make sure you will have money saved for your golden years.  I’m going to suggest an investment that won’t cost much - except maybe a good supportive pair of work out shoes.  Exercise is an investment of your time and energy and the payoff is tremendous. Engaging in regular exercise increases an individual’s chances of staying well. According to the National Institute on Aging, people 65 and over become sick or disabled more often from not exercising than from exercising.

You start off easy and build your way up to a more challenging routine.  Even 10 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of stretching, and 5 minutes of light weight training a day will do you wonders. That’s a mere 20 minutes of your time.  The rewards are less stress, better sleep, increased energy and self-esteem and greater health. The good news is that this means less money shelled out for doctor visits and medication.

Of course, before starting any exercise program, get a doctors approval.  If you have special needs or limitations, it is wise to hire a knowledgeable personal trainer to get you started in the right direction.  If you can’t afford it, do a few sessions and have him or her write down a few different routines you can follow on your own. A good trainer will get your medical history and ask you if you have any areas that are causing you any discomfort before starting a routine for you.

Making your health a priority is the best investment you can make.  Think about that. You can have wealth and luxury but what good is it if your health prevents you from enjoying it?  Eat healthy low fat meals.  Make sure you get enough fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein in your diet.  Spend at least 5 minutes a day just relaxing your mind and breathing deeply and slowly.  And by all means get out there and move your body. Find ways to be active with a friend or spouse. You’ll feel younger and more limber. You’ll look and feel so much better. Others will be inspired by your healthy lifestyle and will want to know your secret.

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