Prescription for Health: Exercise

Maria Lauren – Fitness Champion – TV Host


Research has shown that just two fifteen minute exercise routines can make a positive impact on your life. For instance, thirty minutes a day, five days a week of aerobic and muscle conditioning exercise can prevent Type 2 Diabetes by half. You can reap health benefits by walking with light weights of ½ or 1 pound apiece. The weights that wrap around your hands are best to use so the blood doesn’t pool to your hands. Doing arm movements while walking can put you in the aerobic, fat burning zone faster, especially when you move your arms above your head. Of course, your body is a weight too, so when you walk you are benefiting your bones and preventing osteoporosis. The combination of aerobic and muscle conditioning exercises has always been a part of my daily routine, even when I traveled on the road as an entertainer. (Entertainment book below)

A Powerful LIFE at Kaiser Permanente: This is where I serve as a Lifestyle Educator while teaching a variety of fitness classes. We are pushing the activity of walking for better fitness and health. Walking increases blood flow through the blood stream which helps your natural immune system. Studies at the Appalachian State University show that walking can prevent the common cold. It’s doable to fit fifteen minutes of exercise two times a day either in the morning, the evening, at lunch or instead of a coffee break. Put walking into your schedule. Walking helps you feel good and in most cases it helps lower the level of depression too. Walk with a buddy. It’s fun! Find support at Everybody Walk

Kaiser Permanente diligently spreads the news about health issues. In 2010, the KP research team printed thousands of articles to widely read publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times and US World Today.

Although Medicare had significantly cut the payments to Kaiser Permanente, the Southern California branch has had one of the best financial years ever. Yeah, team!


Remembering a Powerful LIFE, Jack LaLanne: This fitness guru has inspired generations of people to live a healthier life. He was a pioneer in the fitness field. His television series prompted me to pursue the path of health and fitness throughout my life. In January 2010, I wrote about meeting Jack LaLanne, who was full of vitality. His motivating spirit will always be with us.

Yours in health,

Maria Lauren – Your Powerful LIFE blog

(AKA) Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio


Maria Lauren continues her passion in fitness and entertainment. Contact:

  •  Keynote Speaker: “You Got The Power”
  • Entertainer and Producer: “Showstoppers”
  • Singing or Fitness Coach…

Maria’s Website 

* Maria Lauren and her sister, Linda Eichberg, Alberici Sisters, wrote a book about entertainment, legends and fitness called, Beyond Our Wildest Dreams.

* Relax-n-Renew is a CD, available for download that contains soothing music and positive visualization to relieve stress, created by Maria Lauren and her brother, Al Alberici.


Maria-Lauren-Alberici-Riccio-You-Got-The-PowerThis is a personal blog about LIFE. It is produced in my own time and solely reflecting 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. All content is copyrighted.

9 thoughts on “Prescription for Health: Exercise

  1. Pingback: Weight of the Nation: Obesity Prevention « YourPowerfulLIFE Blog

  2. 15 minutes! Yes, a great place to start. I love how you make fitness accessible and achievable… wonderful!. I also admire Jack LaLanne and his gift for making fitness fun and an important part of a balanced life. Many years ago, I remember Richard Simmons saying, twenty minutes of aerobic exercise a day will boost your metabolism and fat burning power. That had a impact on me because I knew it was achievable. I followed that plan and eventually became a Certified Fitness Instructor. Who knew, certainly not me? All I can say is go for it! The adventure is waiting for you.
    Love ~ your fitness sister

  3. Mom, you are so knowledgable in your research. My friends and co-workers know you as the health and fitness/singing and high kicking mother of mine, and that’s not a bad reputation to have. 🙂

    I couldn’t agree more that it’s more fun to switch things up in your exercise routine. Although I belong to a gym, I like to differentiate my routine with some outdoor exercising like hiking, and taking classes like Dance, Pilates and ‘Body Pump’ (exercises using weights). Also, when I’m out at the clubs with my ‘Party Rock’ friends and ‘Shuffling’ it up with them, which is the newest dance craze, I really work up a sweat. Because I’m in my heels, my calves, thighs, and booty get a great workout which I feel the next day! I’m even working out at my job at Maggianos by stacking up a lot of those heavy plates, which is like weight training! lol.

    I guess, the most important thing about working out is to be motivated and active!


    • Thanks for sharing. It was fun to learn how to do the ‘Shuffle.’ It’s very aerobic! I know there are many people who need motivation to make exercise a way of life and I think your comments will encourage them.

      Marianna, personally I’m happy and grateful that you’re making fitness a priority in your life. Taking care of yourself shows your loved ones that you care about them. Keep up the positive attitude and Happy Valentines Day!

      Love, Mom

  4. I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. Most of all, your desire to help others. When I had the opportunity to attend your classes, it was obvious that you have inspired people of all ages to want to live a better life through your various exercise programs and encouraging words. Keep up the good work! Love, Mom

    • Thanks mom for all your encouragement. Remember how we did exercises together while we watched Jack LaLanne on TV? You and dad have always been a good example of how to make health and fitness a priority.
      Sending much love, kisses and hugs!

  5. I agree completely Maria. Exercising is part of my morning ritual like a cup of tea or coffee. I don’t feel right all day when I go without it! Jack LaLanne knew that. What an amazing man.

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