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Monteleone writes book on how to achieve health and happiness

By BY WALTER CHIHARA - | Dec 18, 2020

World champion track athlete Cynthia Monteleone shares tips for well-being in her new book, “Fast Over 40.”

LAHAINA — West Side resident Cynthia Monteleone stands tall as an advocate for physical and emotional well-being for women and men of all ages through her work as a certified Metabolic Analytics Practitioner.

Her clients range from Olympians and professional athletes to patients her doctor sends to her for consultation as she maintains her passion for helping others achieve health and happiness by finding their own superhero self.

And now, the wife, mom to two daughters and a son, Lahainaluna High School track and field coach, multiple National and World Champion (age 41-45 400-meter sprint and 4 x 400 relay), has written a book that provides a guideline to a life of ultimate fulfillment and health.

“Fast Over 40” relates Monteleone’s plan for long-term well-being through a comprehensive plan inspired by the tales of ancient Hawaiian runners — called Kukini — who served as errand runners for the Ali’i, the kings and chiefs of the era. Whatever the kings desired, the kukini was honored to run, obtain and return. They were highly revered as superheroes of the era as couriers and messengers, and their service was legendary. The kukini became as popular as professional athletes of today.

Through the pages of “Fast Over 40,” the reader learns of Monteleone’s own return to competitive running after being inspired to compete by her daughter.

Mom soon became a world champion 400-meter competitor, coach and Metabolic Analytics Practitioner. It all led to a concentrated plan for diet and exercise that relate her guideline of five things to promote a healthy spirit: 1) Self-image/confidence; 2) Love; 3) Meditation/prayer; 4) Grateful log; 5) Give back.

Exercise and outdoor (sunshine) time are recommended to promote optimal nutrient absorption and rest/recovery. It is said that the early Polynesians recognized the health value of sunshine and Vitamin D, and noted the “stronger bones” in the darker skinned in the population. It is a proven fact that sunshine produces melanin in response as a natural sunblock that in turns relates to stronger bone density.

Monteleone relates further that the brain is most open to neuroplasticity, or learning new things, in the first 25 years of life. This includes motor skills.

Neuroscientists have discovered that as we age, we can still keep our neuroplasticity going with a combination of acetylcholine, dopamine and long, restful sleep.

How could she run a faster 400-meter race at age 43 than at age 22 as a collegiate competitor? She checks all of these boxes.

To learn more about this pathway to physical and emotional well-being contained in “Fast Over 40,” contact Monteleone via MAM808.com or on Twitter@fastover40.