Exercise: The Fountain of Youth!


That’s me, back in the day! Maria Lauren, (aka: Maria Elena Alberici) Miss Americana, produced by Joe Weider, Weider International (I.F.B.B.)

The year 1972 was the first time I met Joe Weider. This was the year I won two national body-building competitions. I have to thank fitness trainer Ralph Pepino for entering me in these events. A male dominated business, the panel of judges were the biggest in body-building which included former Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

During this time, woman were just entering body-building competitions but I found out that some women body-builders were taking steroids to gain a more muscular physic. I didn’t like this trend so I never entered a body-building competition again. Health has always been my first priority and today I teach the benefits of exercise combined with a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is the closest thing I know to the Fountain of Youth!

You can have a more powerful life by making exercise a part of your daily routine. Do it not only for your sake but for the sake of those you love.

Walking with family or friends is a wonderful habit to share…


Below is some research and insights about walking that I posted a couple of years ago but worth repeating again:

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Maria Lauren – Certified Fitness Expert

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 or appeared on television as an entertainer. I even wrote a book about it! (Book link below)

A Powerful LIFE at Kaiser Permanente…

I serve as a Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Permanente, where I teach a variety of fitness classes. We promote 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 more support at Everybody Walk.


Relaxing for a more Powerful LIFE…


Stress Relief!

A CD to help you to release stress: Since the 80’s, I’ve enjoyed being a certified fitness instructor promoting a positive lifestyle. This  includes at least fifteen minutes of exercise twice a day. I share my body and mind program with peaceful visualizations on the CD, Relax-n-Renew (available for download). It contains soothing music that puts you in a relaxed mood, ready for sleep. Part two can be listened to while you walk, exercise or go about your day in a more positive way! 


You Got The Power…

The dictionary meaning of “POWER” is: The capacity or ability to do or accomplish something…

~ “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino

~ “Your best is going to change from moment to moment; It will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.” – Miguel Angel Ruiz

I say, “Do your best and let God do the rest.”

Have a Happy Spring!

Maria Lauren, YourPowerfulLIFE (aka) Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

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My Website

  • Keynote Speaker: “You Got The Power”
  • Entertainer and Producer: “Showstoppers”
  • Singing or Fitness Coach
  • BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAMS, a book about Entertainment, Legends, Fitness is available on-line at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Book preview      Book blog

Maria-Lauren-Alberici-Riccio-You-Got-The-PowerThis is a blog about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment… It 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. All content is copyrighted.

4 thoughts on “Exercise: The Fountain of Youth!

  1. Love your blog, mixing in health family and showbiz! Video’s are great, and thanks for this free gift of food for thought…you continue to be a good influence. You and your sister “walk the talk” and that’s a rarity now days.

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