Salvere Blog: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Ever find yourself listening to something or talking to someone and saying “hmmm, I never knew that” or “I never even thought about that”. Talking and listening with an open mind and open opportunity to learn something can really broaden our perspective. But, what happens when you learn of something that kinda challenges you to think about something you believed for so long? This can be something big like a religious or political belief or something little like whether you should eat bread or not.
I’m going to use this blog to relate it to things going on in the health and fitness industry right now. Some things appear to be great – Doing high intense workouts, doing long/slow steady workouts, drinking shakes to lose weight, eliminating foods like bread, sweets or alcohol, losing weight in general, measuring BMI, running … well, you get the idea.

The “great” thing about these – they are the tasks that are supposed to get us to a certain weight or even and “optimal” BMI.

The “hmmmm” think about these — are they really making us healthier?? High intensity workouts and running without a prior focus on developing a proper base of cleaning up movement from the things we do every day (sit at a desk, wear high heels, cross our legs, wearing a wallet in the back pocket, texting, etc) and practicing the basics before moving to more advanced movements/training can actually contribute to long term pain and injury. While exercise in and of itself does not cause injury, doing things over and over again without proper form and alignment (just like your car tires when it’s out of alignment!) can bring about some problems.

Losing weight seems “good” but what if we’re losing muscle and not body fat? And drinking protein shakes, what are they make from? Are they really resulting in living “healthy”? Some are, some probably not – but we need to look below the surface. What does it do to our mental health to stress about being a certain weight? Or taking the action to build healthy habits into our daily life then not losing weight. There’s more to this healthy living thing then a number on the scale.

With any of these things, think before you do – What am I really trying to achieve?? Skinny does not = healthy. High intensity exercise does not always = appropriate for you. There are many, many options out there and it can be confusing. Not any one thing is magical, many things lie within a grey area. Think, “is it the right thing for me at this point in time with what I have available (time, money, etc.), with what I’m willing to do, with what I’m capable of doing.”

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact her, call (410) 707-0055 or email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.
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