Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Salvere Blog: Participation Trophies

May 2, 2021

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Okay, stay with me on this one. There’s often random one liners thrown out to blame something in our society on “participation trophies” so I ask you to read this one with an open mind and take time for introspection/reflection and even some philosophical processing.


So, in nutshell, in more recent times society started giving mostly everyone something for simply participating in activities such as sports and the like instead of only rewarding the winners. I know there is more to it and I wanted to spend time on a mindset shift, not the nuances of a definition or the details here.


What if we talked about participation trophies differently? Thinking about life and what happens for many of us on a day-to-day basis. How many of you experience something massively different in your daily work/life tasks? Even if someone wins a sports championship, award or huge promotion, what led them to that? What happens the days and weeks following the “big win”? For the most part, it’s the small daily activities, showing up day after day and doing our best.


Sometimes the hardest workers never win the championship and conversely, sometimes the ones with natural ability who don’t work as hard find themselves winning time after time. Sometimes the hyperfocus on winning causes cheating and discourse, just look at the news regarding the sidelines of youth sports and rules placed on parents because of unkind behavior or even coaches that demoralize their players due to the overemphasis on winning.


Now, imagine if in our conversations with “participation trophies” we talked about the importance of the daily showing up to do the simple things that add up. What if we talked more about how to appreciate the day to day, the stitching together of small actions to build on each other from week to week, month to month and year to year?  Maybe “participation trophies” can be the key to developing a greater perspective on navigating life and appreciating more when it comes to the “little” things?


Pondering …………………


by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Identity and Labels

April 10, 2021

by Salvere Health and Fitness

How do you identify yourself and how many labels do you use to define what makes you, you? Society comes with so many – mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew, male, female, compassionate, friendly, introvert, reader, quilter, cis, nonbinary, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Democrat, Republican, athletic, biker, dancer, walker, gay, straight … And the list goes on.

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If you think of all the various identities and labels, which do you focus on within yourself? Who gave you those labels? How much does society impact how important or unimportant each becomes? Do some get more attention and focus then others?


Thinking about how often one piece of the many things that make us each unique gets lots of attention, both internally and externally, while others stay in the background. How often do we hyperfocus on some external and more superficial (either with ourselves or with others) label/identity while the core of what makes us beautifully, complex humans stays hidden?

Think about how and what you “see” in yourself and others. Is there a something less obvious that you can get to know a little better? Back to that curiosity and being interested to learn more about someone, even if that someone is you!

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: A Microscope

April 6, 2021

by Salvere Health and Fitness

We put an object under a microscope in order to examine a small segment by focusing on very tiny details. Sometimes we need to focus on the little details to understand how something works and/or to better understand the components. At what point do we take away the microscope and examine things as the bigger, whole?


In life, how often do things go under a microscope, focusing on the tiny details? Could be learning something new, fitness, raising children, a career, or a relationship.


How often do we take time to step back from the little details and examine the whole picture?


Take time to step away from the details and tasks to see the accomplishments and growth you make along the way.

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.


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

Salvere Blog: Not Knowing and Learning New Things

March 2, 2021

by Salvere Health and Fitness


When presented with an opportunity to do something new – do you feel excited or overwhelmed? Does it matter the topic of the new “thing”? Do you change your expectation of yourself depending on the topic? For example, if you start an education program or read on an unfamiliar topic, do you give yourself more patience to spend learning? What about a new skill?


In fitness, we present new skills and movements fairly regularly. We demonstrate and talk about the skill then expect that’s all we need to learn how it’s done. This could be something complex like the mountain climber or something simple such as the squat. As fitness professionals, we can approach teaching a new movement in the same way we teach math or learning a foreign language.


Breaking down the squat first. Feet hip width apart, keep your head up and sit back, don’t let your knees go over your toes. Sound somewhat familiar? Sometimes the knees do actually go over the toes and sometimes we need to address alignment from sitting, crossing the legs or even wearing a wallet in the back pocket. What if somewhere feels painful? What if it’s the first time doing them?


Now, after looking at the squat, imagine all we need to learn before we attempt the mountain climber. Starting with a high plank as the first step. Once you feel comfortable with a high plank, try lifting a leg or arm. Then build into a moving your knee in towards your elbow slowly. Can you do it without dropping into your lower back? This process might take a year or more to learn. (FWIW — As a trainer, I don’t include mountain climbers in my own workouts and I’ve been exercising for decades!)


Do you look at not knowing as something exciting or overwhelming or scary or something else? Lets experiment with applying curiosity to movement and giving yourself patience and grace to take the time to let your body guide you through progressions. Learning also can be through letting go.

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 410.707.0055. We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Getting the Most Out of Fitness Videos

February 22, 2021

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Peloton, Beachbody or any other recorded workout (or even a live one with limited personalized guidance) or virtual workout provides a great resource for convenient exercise options. How do you know if the program fits your body, life and needs?


You take charge of your routine. Simply because the instructor says do it, you always hold on to the option to choose something else.


Listen to your body and be present throughout the workout. What feels like a stretch? What feels like a strength challenge? What feels like it gets your heart and lungs pumping? Does a movement feel not quite comfortable or cause pain?


Pick an option that fits what your inside body feels like that day and time. Framework with flexibility, remember? Take 5 quiet minutes prior to selecting your video to really tune into what feels. Work to suspend what you think you “should” do or what someone else told you to do.


Think through what kind of time you can set aside and what would balance out your movement from the days prior to the days ahead.


Finally, start to develop a sense of curiosity and playfulness with your movement time. What feels and where? Does your right leg feel different then your left? How about your hands, where do you notice the pressure?


Think about how to develop a child like sense of curiosity with movement. Pick something that you might not normally do. Challenge yourself to do something because you want to not because you think you “should” and get in touch with your intuition. Let us know how it goes!

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 410.707.0055. We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Exercise Intensity and Stress

February 11, 2021

by Salvere Health and Fitness


How do you measure and define exercise intensity for yourself? What parameters do you use? How do you decide what intensity level you plan to use when moving your body that day? In some of our previous blogs, we discussed HIIT training and some parameters for that type of workout. Here we wanted to look a little deeper into intensity of exercise and how to balance with life stress.


Exercise provides a great environment for stress and endorphin release. Exercise also creates a stress on your body. Now the big question, how do you balance these two? Make a list of all the possibilities you utilize in your movement plan. Look at the various intensity levels with each. Categorize intensity using duration of workout as well as an increased heart rate.


Think about what else is going on in your life and the world around you. Sleep matters, any sickness as well as general fatigue. Experience matters when it comes to high intensity training for safety, reducing chance of injury and when to utilize it throughout your movement plan.

Remember you hold more answers then you probably think. Take the time to listen to your body and your mind. Pay attention to how you feel after certain workouts. Investigate how you feel before you start your dedicated movement time for that day. Take action from there.


by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: The Gift of Grace and Kindness

January 31, 2021

by Salvere Health and Fitness
Grace — acceptance, forgiveness, love … How frequently do you give this to yourself? Kindness – friendly, generous, considerate … How frequently do you treat yourself with kindness?


You know those moments you beat yourself up for not doing something? Or even doing something you feel you “should” not have done? Or not knowing something? Or being frustrated because it feels like you “should have” known better?


Take time to recognize your accomplishments, give yourself time and space to simply be and create that awareness of things you appreciate about you!


These two gifts often feel easier to give to others. Think about how when and what makes you give them to someone else. How can you translate that into practice doing it for yourself?


Let this year be the year you practice grace and kindness for yourself!

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 410.707.0055. We welcome your thoughts and ideas!

Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: What’s Between All and None?

January 7, 2021

by Salvere Health and Fitness


No sugar, no alcohol, no carbohydrates, running every day, working out 7 days a week … Even with many saying no to resolutions, January often brings some of these changes and statements. With eating comes eliminating foods (none) and with fitness comes planning to implement everything at once (all). What drives these goals?


When it comes to fitness and movement, what happens when knee pain or back stiffness shows up on a planned long run day? Do you do it anyway? What stops you? How about an unexpected meeting gets scheduled or a child turns up not feeling well? Or the refrigerator breaks? What then happens with the plan for eliminating foods?


Have you ever set a plan that includes creating balance? If so, how did it go? How do we begin to shift and spend more time between the two all or none? How do we shift to planning with flexibility? A framework of sorts, instead of wavering between the all or none.


by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: The Box of “Shoulds”

December 7, 2020

by Salvere Health and Fitness

In reflecting over conversations with different people sharing stories and experiences, how many times do we do something because someone told us we “should”? Can you think of something you did feeling like you should but something about it just did not seem right?

It seems like it exists in many areas of life so I wanted to focus on the health “should” box. Where might these things appear? Maybe it showed up by exercising through an injury. Maybe it’s eating something you don’t like. Maybe its avoiding movement because you feel low on energy. Maybe it’s not eating enough? In looking at fitness and health, it feels like it would take a much longer blog to get in everything but here’s the start to a list!


The box of “should” …

  • Lose weight
  • Eliminate carbs
  • Exercise harder
  • Run
  • Eat breakfast
  • Workout longer
  • Not eat after a certain time at night
  • Exercise first thing in the morning
  • Fit a certain size
  • Clean the dinner plate

How do we peal away the “should” feelings and get to a place where listening to our internal voice begins to take over. Intuition matters. Different things work for different people. How can we begin to support each journey, both within ourselves and with others, as a unique experience?

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Freshmen — What they Actually Gain

September 12, 2020

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Please, as our developing young adults start their first year of college or some other path after high school, lets challenge ourselves not to talk about gaining weight. As I thought about this time in life, what do we really gain when we leave those high school years behind?

I started a list here, what can you add?


1.    Learning time management

2.    Independence

3.    Navigating peer relationships

4.    A different feeling for home

5.    Money management

6.    A new culture

7.    A sense of self reliance

8.    New opportunities to experience things

9.    Learning to balance play and responsibility

10.  Building relationships

11.  Conflict resolution

12.  Seeking help

13.  Working with others

14.  Freedom

15.  Appreciation


How do we continue to encourage our youth to find their own way to love learning? To be curious and brave enough to say, “I don’t know” … And how can we let those be lessons to us as adults too? Finding the love to learn and encourage curiosity!

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.