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Dean Martin and The Golddiggers, 1977

We hail the King of Cool, Dean Martin, member of the legendary “Rat Pack” with a tribute on June 9th for his 100th birthday.

Dean Martin’s 100th Birthday Tributes

Dean Martin was smoking hot with his natural charisma that we all loved. He was known for holding a cigarette or a glass of alcohol but this was not why he was known as, the King of Cool. Did you know that the glass that Dean carried was usually filled with apple juice and his cigarette was usually not lit?

 

I had the pleasure of performing with Dean Martin on stage and television sharing many laughs behind the scenes during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. During Dean’s later years, he would joke with the audience saying, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” Truth said in jest.

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A flashback to the past propels me into the future and into a Smoking Cessation class held at the Center for Healthy Living, Kaiser Permanente. This is where I facilitate as a Lifestyle Educator with a professional staff dedicated to helping patients in their desire to thrive.

 

A “Freedom from Tobacco” class can give you the tools to liberate yourself from smoking and benefit your health. In this class a patient will learn the “5 D’s” to help them stop the craving.

  • Deep breathe
  • Delay using tobacco (at least 5 minutes)
  • Drink water
  • Do something else (keep busy)
  • Discuss your craving with someone.

These 5 D’s can also be applied to any addiction including food cravings. At Kaiser Permanente, these evidence-based techniques will be explored to empower you in our interactive workshops.

Start today to take better care of yourself. A healthy YOU is SMOKIN… HOT’!

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To you health,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

Your Powerful LIFE blog

* My sister, Linda Eichberg and I wrote a book about backstage stories with Dean Martin and entertainment legends of the 20th Century. Check it out on Amazon

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Hula Hoop – Exercise fun!

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Exercising with a Hula Hoop is fun for everyone!

Want a slim waist? A weighted hoop can rev-up your cardiovascular system so you lose inches around your waist and tone your tummy, even your hips, buttock and thighs.

As a child, I had lots of fun playing with a hula hoop. It was a hip thing to do! My parents encouraged all my siblings (eight brothers and sisters) to master the technique as it was economical and got us to exercise. This is a little different than today’s constricted physical activity of using a cell phone and a computer. Don’t you think we need to find the fun in moving our bodies more? 

Decades have passed since I first used a hula hoop but during the last decade, I have graduated to the fitness benefits of a weighted hoop. Aging usually brings with it a loss bone and muscle density but weight-bearing exercises increase muscle and bone strength. I find the best time to use my weighted “Sports Hoop” is in the morning before breakfast. It gets my body going, my heart and lungs working aerobically and my digestion ready for my first meal of the day.

The repetitive and rhythmic motion of the hoop along with deep breathing is meditative to me. Especially when I exercise outside in the fresh air in the midst of natures splendor. This is an inspirational setting  for me to hum or sing praise songs to the Lord. My sister Linda also enjoys using the “Sports Hoop” when she watches television, a good break from sitting. I am grateful to share my passion for being fit with my sister and my daughter, Marianna. Exercise is more fun when you share it with a special someone.

I do a variety of exercise movements using the “Sports Hoop” and I share some on my YouTube…  

Fitness can be fun!

When I first used the weighted Hula Hoop, I took cautionary measures. I wore heavy clothing around my mid-section, where the “Sports Hoop” moves in momentum, because I bruise easily. This protected me, so no bruising only fitness benefits!

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In the past, health and fitness has been a big part of my life.

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The world of entertainment has been a big part of my life too and I consider myself lucky to have been raised with healthy living habits.

Healthy values saw me through the rigors of showbiz as I performed with celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. I even co-authored a book about it called, Beyond Our Wildest Dreams.

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In the present, health and fitness is a big part of my life.

thrive_kaiser_permanenteThese days, you may see me on-site at Kaiser Permanente teaching fitness classes to activate lifestyle changes for our members. I am delighted to be a part of the Health Education Team’s Mission to “Inspire People, Inform Choices and Improve Health.” Some of the classes that I instruct are Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi or Dance Exercise at our Panorama City, Santa Clarita or Mission Hills locations. 

On occasion, my fellow employees and I have enjoyed exercising with hula hoops during our lunch break as a part of “Move It Monday!”

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For more tips about exercise and nutrition, I invite you to view my other posts in the categories of “Fitness” and “Healthy Living.”

You Got The Power!

Maria Lauren, aka Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

Your Powerful LIFE blog

My Website

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Motivational Host – Maria Lauren

This blog is about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment.

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. This information is not meant to take the place of a physician. I have not been paid or compensated in any way to endorse any products mentioned in this blog. All content is copyrighted.