Archive for February, 2015

Commit to Stay Fit During Challenging Times

February 26, 2015

by Salvere Health and Fitness

It is my tendency to stop exercising when things get tough or challenging. Does that happen to you??? I know that I would feel better, my mood would get better and I would have an overall sense of wellbeing. But, without fail, that is the first thing to go!! I have been exercising my whole life and I certainly know the benefits. Yet, I allow myself to stop.

This is the best time to be more active, join in and not be isolated, try something new, or even meditate!!

Test yourself and use your mood as a guide to challenge yourself and get out there… Check into you’re feelings, be present and aware, notice how you feel as you take proactive steps to better mental and physical health.

It is then that you take back control of your life!!!

by Pam Beck, senior fitness instructor and trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Pam, email her at PamB@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call her at (443) 799-6055.

Diets DON’T Work

February 19, 2015

Who’s heard or even said this — “The diet worked, when I was on it.” — If I had $1 for every time someone said this, I’d have a small fortune! When you hear the word “diet”, do you automatically think – “This is something I’ll do for the rest of my life.”

Here’s why diets do not “work”:

Let’s start with why and what we want to gain by changing our eating habits. Lose weight, get in a certain outfit, health issues, etc. What goals do you set when you think about “dieting”? Now, think about your goal. How long do you wish to maintain this “achievement”? If you answered, for the rest of your life, enter reason #1 of why diets don’t work. They do not teach you how to eat, for your body, with your specific likes and dislikes, FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. They come with a start and stop time.

Paleo, South Beach, Shakeology, Mediterranean, DASH, Weight Watchers, Gluten Free, Jenny Craig, Adkins, etc. Go Google “diets” and see what comes up. One of the first links take you to a US News and World Reports page listing the 35 best diets. Really, 35 “best” diets? Hmmm — No wonder we find healthy eating confusing and overwhelming.

Now on to the “why” of eating. How many of these diets touch on the WHY we eat certain food, at certain times. Diets do not touch on behavioral change and what we do to create a lifetime healthy eating plan that includes eating regularly and incorporating cookies, chicken wings and beer on random occasions. A dieting mentality comes with quite a bit of self punishment. “I was bad.” Think back to when you were a child, how did you feel after being punished??

If there was a magical formula, would there be 35 “best” diets (oh and you can find way more then 35 options)? We all have our own unique way of eating and dieting does not take this into consideration. If we truly wanted to eat like a Caveman, we would be eating wooly mammoth and saber tooth tigers, not cows and chickens — oh, and we would be hunting them down and killing them ourselves. Many of these diets have useful information and you can take snippets from each to apply to what makes you feel your best!

How Thirsty Are You?

February 13, 2015

By Salvere Health and Fitness

Have you ever heard the saying, “You can lead a camel to the water but you can’t force it to drink?” I have a friend who has been struggling trying to workout and make better lifestyle choices. In this New Year, SHE DECIDED to make changes in her life to become healthier. I was excited for her and wanted to support her in this journey. She lives out of town and I knew she didn’t have a strong support system, so I offered to Skype with her on the days she wanted to workout. She liked the idea and we’ve been Skyping for a month now! She’s even thrown in extra days and activities on her own on the days we don’t Skype!

I asked that question earlier in this blog because my friend has always had the “tools” to workout and to have a healthier lifestyle, but SHE had to make the decision that it was time to start HER journey. We have gyms, probably some free weights at home, videos, You Tube video access, etc., to get tips and workouts. But, it’s not until YOU are thirsty enough to want to make the decision to workout and make lifestyle changes, is when you can quench your thrist! So how thirsty are you?…….Happy Drinking! (water that is)

by Leah Daniels, personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Leah, email her at LeahD@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call her at (614) 306-9662.