Salvere Blog: Putting Perspective on Perspective

by Salvere Health and Fitness



  a : the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed: point of view
  b : the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance
During the blizzard last month, we took off to the park, channeling our inner child and enjoying the snow. One of our activities included building this snowman.

Of course, building such a masterpiece must be shared with friends. The response varied from someone thinking he was larger than life to “he’s puny.” It got me to thinking about how often perspective comes into play throughout life. Using this to look at new year’s resolutions (or any goal setting really) and why people use them or don’t anymore, perspective really helps examine what’s realistic.

With regard to health and fitness (cause that’s what we do on this blog!), lets examine a few things about perspective with exercise and nutrition. We might set a goal for pounds of weight to lose then we put a time frame on this and set some ideas with how to accomplish these goals. So, check out these few examples of how perspective can impact what you set out to achieve.

Goal should be measurable, right? Well, look at amounts of weight loss — If someone loses 1/2 lb per week, it often feels as if that’s insignificant. Do we then realized that 1/2lb per week = 25 lbs a year? So often one feels unhappy with ½ lb per week but happy with 25lbs per year.

Goals need a time frame, correct? Okay, many resolutions or goals with regard to fitness and healthy eating last 6 weeks or even 12 weeks. Then frustration sets in when we don’t see progress. Look at that amount of time vs an entire lifetime… A lifetime before and a lifetime after. What if we looked at the much bigger picture and allowed ourselves a lifetime of exploration and the ebb and flow of life to vary our physical activity over time as we change as individuals?
Take a second to sit back and put perspective on things.  Are you setting goals realistic to your life where it stands now? Is there a way you can readjust your mind set to feel successful?  Let us know your thoughts.

by Lisa Martin, personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.

We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

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