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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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Healthy Thoughts Create Radiant Health

Have you ever seen a friend you haven’t seen in a while and noticed that this person looked exceptionally radiant?  I bet if you asked this person what the secret is the reply would be “I’m happy.”  So you ask them what are they happy about and the reason is simple.  Your friend has attained inner peace through self-acceptance and gratitude.

I can tell you quite simply that this is easy to achieve.  Start with your own personal gratitude list.  Write down every thing you are grateful for.  Think of each thing on the list and feel how blessed you are for this gift in your life. On another piece of paper write down a self-acceptance list.  Jot down all the positive things about yourself that you like.  The time you take to do this can create big shifts in your consciousness that will bring about feelings of joy within you.  The energy that this creates is magnetic and attracts more things to be grateful about.  If you listen to any self help teachers (and there are many legitimate ones that speak great wisdom), they all will say that our thoughts create our circumstances.  Change your thoughts to feelings of gratitude and self-acceptance and you can change your life.

Wouldn’t you prefer to be around a person who is enthusiastic about life, enjoys people and who has a great positive spirit?  Well if you pay attention, you’ll see that these people are usually quite successful, have healthy relationships and seem to attract good things into their lives.  When you become like this, you will see that the more you are grateful, the more you have to be grateful about.  The more you give to others, the more is given to you.  It’s interesting how this works, but it does and has been talked about for many years in many languages, cultures and best selling publications. 

So how can we create an environment that will encourage this healthy way of being?  Start with the gratitude list and self-acceptance list.  Keep them where you can review and add to them.  Read them often.  Create a space in your home that makes you feel nurtured and peaceful.  Maybe a place you can light a candle and incense.  Relaxing music is also a great thing to have in this space.  You can take time to relax here and recharge yourself.  Another thing to do is surround yourself with positive people.  Find activities that make you feel alive and spark the spirit of play and adventure.  Hike in new places.  Take a road trip somewhere beautiful. Explore a new beach.  Being in nature is good for the soul.  Live life with joy and everyone around you will be inspired and uplifted. 

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