LIONEL R. NAZARIO is a lifelong student of fitness, philosophy, and martial arts. He served in the U.S. Army before coming to New York, where he established a reputation leading classes at some of Manhattan’s top health clubs. Realizing that exercise alone was only part of the picture, Lionel devoted himself to learning the intricacies of lasting, vibrant health. Having his first book published and graduating from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition enabled him to fuse his skills and passions in the creation of Lionhearted Living, a wellness movement with the aim of helping more people to attain their vision of health so they can continue on to personal greatness. Lionel works privately with clients from across the nation and collaborates with the best and brightest to produce books that change the way people think.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I lived the first few years of my life on Long Island before my family moved to the finger lakes region of upstate New York. The contrast in lifestyle, from a busy suburb to a really rural countryside, was formative. I had and experienced things that I would later, after returning on my own to the NYC area, come to miss and belatedly appreciate. Simple stuff like good clean water and fresh air. The seemingly insane choice of living in a big city has definitely colored my take on matters of health and lifestyle.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing about something since I was in grade school but I didn't really apply myself to a book project until 2009. I've been big on ideas and small on followthrough but writing about health and the like has been easier to zero in on.
With chronic disease, obesity, fatigue, and high stress becoming all too common, 5 Things You Can Do NOW is the fastest way to gain control of your health. In this book, fitness trainer and nutrition expert Lionel Nazario teams up with nurse and spa director Shelly Marshall to present concise information on what you can do to lay the foundation for a long and happy life, with tips and resources.