Play-out vs. Work-out!


You Got The Power!

Do we really have to work so hard to be fit and successful? No. Why not let your body do what comes naturally when you groove into fitness? Discover the many wonders happening within you that you may not even realize:

  • cells being renewed…
  • bones being fortified…
  • muscles made stronger…
  • organs and glands working in harmony with each other….

Start with a smile that starts from the inside out. Shake out all tension. Appreciate the miracle of life and you. Stretch out your muscles that might be tight. And most importantly, do it all with deep breadths.

Try this Deep Breathing Meditation that you can do when ever you need to release stress… whether at your desk, while exercising or when you can take a moment to be mindful of your breathing and feelings:

Inhale new energy into your body, exhale old energy out of your body.

Breathe in joy, breathe out sorrow.

Breathe in love, breathe out neglect.

Breathe in peace, breathe out anxiety.

Through the pattern of your breath, you will begin to find your groove. Get out of the house or office and take some deep breaths outside in the fresh air while appreciating the beauty of nature.

When you begin to move and groove, you will begin to find a sense of yourself. Make fitness fun. Go for a walk and talk with a friend. Laugh. Put your favorite music on and dance. Get your Zen on and do some Yoga. Meditate with the movements of Tai Chi. Find your core strength through Pilates.

Being healthy and fit has always been a part of my life, a part of my being. You see, I don’t think it should be something you strive for but something that is a part of you.

I feel blessed to teach the benefits of fitness as an exercise instructor and a lifestyle educator at Kaiser Permanente where each patient is valued and unique. I can’t help but smile when I see exercise participants making a decision to actively become more healthy. This positive spirit is evident whether I am teaching a group or training someone personally.

Variety is the spice and sweetness of fitness and life. Are you feeling spicy and strong (ready to sweat) or sweet and gentle (ready to breathe deeply)? Follow your groove while discovering the benefits of Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga or whatever makes you feel more alive. Awaken your senses and challenge your body to thrive.

Wishing you the blessings of healthy living,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

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Your Powerful LIFE blog is about 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. 

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Powerful Brain Surgery without a knife

The brain can play tricks on you. so can the world. Choices are made and behaviors are formed. Who are you, really? Only God knows. God, the Creator know what makes you tick.

This month I started the 21 Day Brain Detox, an online daily guide to a toxic free brain. I recommend the course. I’ve finished it and I’m doing it again. Why? I’ve learned that what goes into the brain has to be checked daily.

While I was doing this course the second time around, it seemed as if I was doing it for the first time. I kept asking myself, ‘I don’t remember this….’ Could it be that my brain had developed a new perspective and that the changes in my thinking actually changed my brain?

One thing I know is that it takes more than sheer will power to change and be transformed, it takes a connection to a higher power.


Dr. Caroline Leaf, the creator of the 21 Day Brain Detox paved the way for her current research on how scientific principles are supported by Scripture and vice versa.

About… Dr. Leaf is a communication pathologist who has worked in the area of cognitive neuroscience since 1985. She is a pioneer in neuroplasticity – The medical definition of neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.

~ “By controlling the direction of your mind, you control the direction of your life.

~ It’s not who you Are… but who you have Become.

~ As you Think… so you Are. To Change who you are… Change your Thinking.” – Dr. Caroline Leaf



Detox your brain and your life!

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici

Your Powerful LIFE blog

My Website

Relax-n-Renew is a mix of Soothing Music, Visualizations and Bible Verses, by Al Alberici and Maria Lauren.



This 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.