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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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Metabolism Boost for Baby Boomers!

First, let's talk about sleep. When you don't rest enough, your metabolism slows down. Your body is like a car that is on empty. You slow down and feel sluggish. You crave more carbs and sugar because you are low energy. So getting a routine of getting to bed the same time each night will help. Chamomile tea can relax you and if you're up for it, a short meditation can calm your mind and put you in a restful state. 8 hours a night is recommended.

Now let's talk about nutrition. I don't like the word diet because it seems to have negative connotations. What you eat and when plays an important role in boosting your metabolism and energy level. When you have the right amounts of nutrition, it will prevent you from over-eating. 5-6 small meals every three hours of lean proteins, vegetables and fruits is optimal. Stay away from fatty foods which can decrease your metabolism. In addition, include (in moderation) metabolism boosting foods and beverages like: rolled oats, almonds, eggs, beans, spinach, mustard, and green tea. I say moderation because portion control is extremely important for weight loss and weight maintenance. Check with your doctor to see what is a healthy amount of calories each day for your body. 1200 calories a day is good for some people but depending on your lifestyle, age and health, it may vary.
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If you want to live healthy and stay fit, limit your alcohol intake. It will not serve your health.

Another great way to raise your metabolism is to exercise. Exercising is very beneficial because it raises metabolism, increases fat burning and is very good for the heart. If you've never exercised, start with a 20-minute walk 3 days a week. Increase it to 30 minutes and then add a few more days. If you can walk 30 minutes 4-5 days a week, that's a great step toward improving your health and boosting your metabolism. Please remember to do long slow stretches and slow deep breathing to relax the muscles.

Another way to rev up metabolism is to lift light weights. By strengthening your muscles and increasing muscle mass, you will burn more fat. Start slow with light weights and 10-12 repetitions. As you get stronger, add a little more weight. I suggest that you hire a professional to give you a blueprint of what to do and how much weight to use per exercise. This fitness consultant can show you how to do the exercises properly, safely and most effectively.

Last, but not least, get out and have fun. Don't stress about things you don't have control over. Focus on your health and well-being. Here's a final thought. A happy person is not someone that has the most. He's the person that makes the most of what he has.

 

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