Quarantine Anxiety, Exercise and Health

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I choose hope.

Dizziness, sweating, trembling, nausea, sleep disturbances, restlessness, headaches and increased heart rate – are these the signs of the Coronavirus or anxiety?

If you are feeling tension, worry and concern for you and your family’s physical, emotional, financial and mental wellbeing, you are not alone. Together, we can help each other, even though we are warned to perform social distancing because of this Coronavirus. As a healthcare professional/lifestyle educator, I am reaching out in the hopes of enlightening you.

When this quarantine began, I was deployed to the frontlines screening patients at the entrance of medical and hospital centers. I have witnessed sick patients and expectant mothers gathered together at the entrance of wellness establishments to see their doctors. We need to flatten the curve of this virus and use common sense.

During this pandemic, if you don’t have a life-threatening situation, it is my suggestion to make telephone appointments with your doctor instead of taking trips to your hospital or medical center. This is for your safety and for the safety of others.

At this crucial time, I have come in contact with sick patients who had all the Coronavirus symptoms and were out of the country during the outbreak. For that reason, as well as my being sixty-eight years old and feeling ill, I was informed that I should get my doctor’s evaluation over the phone. My doctor advised that I be tested and to isolate myself from others until I receive the test results. This is a precautionary measure to make sure that those in healthcare, with symptoms, are indeed healthy and not hosting the COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus. Luckily, my test was negative. Positive news for me!

The threat of this virus is bad, no doubt, but research shows that fearfully stressing over this situation can cause physical symptoms of dizziness, sweating, trembling, nausea, sleep disturbances, restlessness, headaches and increased heart rate. Before these symptoms become problematic, you may prevent and get rid of quarantine anxiety through exercise practices.

Study after study, shows that exercise reduces anxiety and contributes to a better quality of life. This is true of all types of fitness forms whether it be Aerobic Dance, Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga, Circuit Training or moderate intensity resistance exercises. It’s interesting to note, from research, that resistance exercise of higher intensity can increase stress and overburden your muscles. So, keep your fitness movements in a positive direction with no painful repercussions.

Being a naturally expressive, emotional person and a fitness therapist, I know that exercise, along with deep breathing, prayer and meditation works! Every day I do some kind of exercise because I feel the difference in my disposition and vitality. When I feel under the weather, I also try to get more rest and sleep, Relax-n-Renew, while continuing my regiment of consuming wholesome vitamin fueled foods and beverages.

If you want a combination of safe and beneficial exercises, I invite you to subscribe to my free video playlist, Renew Your Power, a corporate wellness program.

Finally, in the midst of all this turmoil and safeguards make sure to release stress. Put on some music and dance to shake out tension. It feels good! I know it.

When the threat of Quarantine first hit the media and all my fitness classes that I taught were cancelled, I began to get anxious. So, my daughter, Marianna played the song, “I like to move it” and I began to move. After just a few seconds of fun dance therapy, I felt better!

On our YouTube channel, You Got The Power – Fitness, you’ll see a variety of short exercise videos by certified fitness instructors: my daughter, Marianna Riccio; my sister, Linda Eichberg and yours truly.

Exercise treats your mind as well as your body. Try moving and grooving to your favorite song. I bet you’ll feel a weight lifted off your shoulders.

I hope you try it and leave me a comment about how you feel.

Stay well and safe,

Maria Lauren, aka MariaElena Alberici

Your Powerful Life, blog

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Info/research: Emotions in Motion, Exercise as an Anxiety Intervention

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Why exercise?

Why exercise?

Exercise is the closest thing I know to the ‘Fountain of Youth!’ So, here is a little about the buffet of exercise classes that I offer…

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About exercise…

Specific exercises can help you handle STRESS and CHALLENGES, become STRONGER, more FLEXIBLE and achieve a better QUALITY OF LIFE.

My classes are experiences of self discovery, self awareness and fun! We workout, play-out and work-in to develop well-being.

Check out my HEALTHY LIVING BUFFET of exercises. As your personal fitness chef, I’ll cook-up a plate of international fitness variations for your delight!

 

Maria Lauren is currently on-staff as a Healthy Living Educator/Motivator at Kaiser Permanente and Corporations in the Los Angeles area.

 

EXERCISE CLASS MENU

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In my YOGA classes, you’ll practice deep breathing, stretches and postures to feel stronger, more flexible and more relaxed in an awareness of your body, mind and spirit in unity and balance.

 

In my PILATES classes, you’ll strengthen and stretch your total body especially your core: back, abdominals, buttock and thighs for a leaner look. The use of ‘exercise bands’ adds resistance training to increase your muscle strength and bone density.

 

In my TAI CHI FITNESS classes, you’ll focus on aligning healing energy (Chi) through slow movements and breathing techniques that gives an aerobic effect for better heart health and stress relief. Qigong and other exercise techniques are also performed to increase your balance, flexibility, muscle and bone strength.

 

In my DANCE GROOVE classes you’ll have fun ‘movin-n-groovin’ with Latin and international dance rhythms including an introduction to Zumba for better cardiovascular health that will help your body to burn fat. Specific exercises are added to the mix to improve your body strength and agility for your balanced fitness. (Flexible/athletic shoes are recommended to wear in class.)

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 FITNESS CERTIFICATIONS & AWARDS

 

Play with me! My rich experience in fitness and continued education helps me to renew you. Seeing my clients achieve better wellbeing does my heart good and my body too!

Be well,

Maria Lauren, AKA MariaElena Alberici

Corporate Wellness Website – Subscribe to FREE fitness videos

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Your Powerful Life blog is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated.