Today I would like to introduce you to a guest blogger.  Francesca Lang is a fitness and nutrition professional specializing in group exercise, personal training, wellness coaching, virtual training and macro based nutritional planning.

Francesca’s specialized certifications include: Certified Personal Trainer, Pilates, Yoga, Spin, Muscle/Strength Training, Silver Sneakers, Sports Nutrition, Personal Coaching, Pre and Post Rehabilitation, Myofascial Tissue Release and Eating Disorders. She also carries a double BA in Intercultural and Organizational Communication and Sociology.

Francesca brings not only her knowledge from her education but also from her personal experience with an eating disorder.  She uses both to positively encourage and set her clients/patients on the road to rehabilitation and recovery to lead healthy and happy lives.  She is both professional and personal and makes exercise fun and worth engaging in!  I know this for a fact as she is my daughter and is our personal trainer 2 times a week.  And four years later, I am stronger, healthier, and my “angel wings” arms don’t have the wing span like they used to – they are muscular, toned and with definition.  Yeah!

She recently wrote this blog on her Facebook page and I have asked her to be my guest blogger today because it is what I preach about all the time.  But I couldn’t have said it any better and it bears repeating.  So please read on and if you have questions and/or would like to know more about what Francesca Lang can do for you, please visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cornerstonefitnessandhealth.

Be Your Best Advocate, Cornerstone Fitness & Health by Francesca Lang

When it comes to your health, you need to be your best advocate, champion, and cheerleader. Be an active participant in your health, wellness, and medical treatment. No one is going to do it for you, and while the best medical staff in the world is advantageous, no one knows your body better than you do. So fight for it!

This isn’t really my expertise, but growing up in a medical family that has survived an enormous amount of medical adversity and having a mother whose specialty it is, has taught me a lot. The most important being, fight for your health and wellness treatment. Arm yourself with knowledge (do your research), ask questions (even if it seems the doctors don’t have time or want to), and don’t be afraid to push for what you think is best for yourself (seek alternate opinions.) Keep a record of your health care, get copies of all tests and the results, they are yours and you have a right to them.

While we need and trust our medical professionals, they don’t always know what is best for us as individuals and can get caught up in the mess that sometimes is the medical and insurance profession, becoming blind to anything that isn’t inside their box. They are human after all.

Remember, you are the consumer and no less important in your medical care than they are. They need to earn your service and business. If you don’t feel taken care of, listened to, and respected….go elsewhere.

Your health and medical experience is a relationship between your medical professionals and you. An equal partnership in which you work together to achieve the best outcomes for your wellness.