About the Blogger-Elana Anthony on Fitness and Health

About the Blogger-Elana Anthony on Fitness and Health
You can't out-exercise a bad diet, but you can sure have fun doing it with the right person motivating and encouraging you.

Addressing African-Americans at the African Arts Festival Summer 2013 and 2014, "Crime isn't the major killer in Chicago, obesity is."

Speaking on health and fitness at the African Arts Festival in 2014. "Crime isn't the major killer in Chicago, obesity is."

I never thought I'd be a fitness instructor and writer, although it certainly makes sense to me now.  As a mother of six daughters (two adults, two teens, and twin six yr. olds), and someone whose overcome many health challenges, I know what it feels like to have your body be anything other than what you would like to see in the mirror. I have been across every spectrum from being thin as a rail near death from my battle with Crohn's disease, to big as monstrous house while pregnant with twins.

I first became introduced to the world of fitness at Chicago State University after my mother insisted that I sub a Step Aerobics class for an instructor who bailed at the last minute. At that time, I had just begun taking classes myself after having my 4th daughter, and now fifteen years later, I'm still teaching.

Since then, I have gone on to teach fitness classes for Bally Total Fitness, the YMCA, the Health Fitness Corporation, the City Colleges of Chicago, St. Xavier University, the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, and was an original member of the X-Sport Fitness Performance Team, a highly energetic group of diva-like fitness phenoms! Plus, I have even been blessed to teach water fitness and yoga in Jamaica several times for the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resorts and Spas. Currently, I manage the group fitness team for several LA Fitness clubs throughout IL.

I have a dream of showing the world the beauty and benefit of coupling worship into exercise, a unique teaching style that I have that is like no other. I'm excited to see all the ways God is going to use me to help people with their temples.

Fitness is not just a hobby for me. I have earned several certifications for teaching group exercise classes, yoga, Pilates, aqua aerobics, and all kinds of fun stuff in between. I love what I do, and I love inspiring people to develop more active, healthy lifestyles.

If you have health and fitness goals and need help achieving them, I'm your person, no matter the city, state, or country in which you live.  I know how it feels to have to take pills for hypertension and other illnesses, not be able to fit anything in your closet, be mad at yourself for making dumb and/or huge mistakes, and just be unhappy with the skin you're in. But all of that can changed by embracing one simple life change to consciously and deliberately challenge yourself.

Be sure to subscribe to "In FITNESS and In Health" to read the latest occasions that have inspired me toward health and happiness so that you can experience the same.  Plus, you can check out my website to find products that can help you with your nutritional goals at http://totallifechanges.com/4443011

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    Elana Anthony

    I am a wife and mother blessed to have six daughters who fill my home with love and laughter. My passion is writing and teaching, but most especially inspiring people to live healthy lives in my faith-filled fitness classes. My dream is to have my own faith and fitness TV show where people from all the world collectively join together on our "temple" building project of enjoying optimal health. I am a certified group fitness instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and earned graduate degrees in Writing from DePaul University, in addition to a degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania. I have seen and experienced the hand of God work and move in my life, and consider it an honor and blessing to be saved to serve.

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