Archive for the ‘Fitness’ Category

Salvere Blog: The In Between

February 3, 2020
by Salvere Health and Fitness
Think of something that might be all or none, good or bad and right or wrong. With our weight loss obsessed culture, we often talk about actions that come with this all or none feel. What about the time between, in the middle of this or that?
infinity dots spaceLet’s look at a few. Eating something “bad” equates to “falling off the wagon”. Think about sugar, white flour and carbohydrates. At some point, any or all of these became “the enemy” and to be avoided. Don’t eat sugar or, if you do, it will be addicting. How many times over the past several decades has some expert told us to eliminate carbohydrates? How do we start talking more about what happens between NO sugar and being “addicted”?
Now on to exercise. Think back to recommendations over the years. Do 60-90 minutes of exercise daily. Do high intensity to get your heart rate up. Stretch, don’t stretch. What about the days you feel tired or the calendar looks a little full of work, family and friends that day? I hear all the time that I just walked, or I just did 20 minutes so it doesn’t really count. What about that week that’s unusually crazy with things and exercise gets missed?
Maybe instead of thinking it’s all one way or the other, we can start to refrain our thoughts to spend time in the middle, in between this end and that end?
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Age Specific Exercise?

January 27, 2020
by Salvere Health and Fitness
puzzle piecesEver read anything about exercise specific to certain age groups such as balance for older people or higher intensity for younger? What makes an age equal a certain fitness level or abilities?
For many years, exercise recommendations come with some pretty specific parameters. Do this many minutes a day, do this many repetitions, this many times a week, this many pounds … How do we shift this mindset to make activity specific to the individual and how things feel that day? Why wait until we don’t have something like balance or flexibility or stability to work on it?
What if we started focusing on what needs of each person based on genetics, history, injuries, accidents, likes, dislikes and experience instead of thinking we every person of a certain age group “should” do certain exercises?
Spend some time thinking about what pieces already in your puzzle and what pieces you might want to add to formulate something that feels balanced and achievable to you.
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Take Time To Reflect, 20 Year Reflections

January 20, 2020
by Salvere Health and Fitness
reflectionsOne of the learnings that I use frequently throughout the past 20 years — Taking time to reflect, especially before making big decisions.
January for many means time for resolutions – Even for some who say they don’t set them, tend to make various changes for January. For as long as I can remember, this time of year came with new promises to diet and/or exercise more, maybe lose weight and other various health “promises”. How many of you still do resolutions? What specific things worked well for you?
One thing to think about with setting food and/or exercise goals, when you look at nature during this time of year, especially in colder areas of the country, it really becomes a time to almost hibernate and spend time resting. January would be the time to do more lower intensity movements like yoga, tai chi, meditation, stretching and hiking. Winter foods even feel heavier for a reason so not the time of year to eat less or eat lighter foods typically found during summer months.
What if, instead of resolutions, we took that time for reflections? Reflecting on the previous year – What went great, what unexpected things happened, what did you accomplish, what did not go as you thought it might, what struggles did you experience, what was your favorite experience, what do you look forward to in the coming year..?
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Be Willing to Change Direction, 20 Year Reflections

December 23, 2019
Through 20 years in business, I experienced 911 within 2 years of starting; then the economy downturn right after I opened the studio; then a lawsuit for copyright infringement from a company in Ohio shortly after that while simultaneously opening a non profit; then moving locations and, finally, working thru the process of multiple lease renewals.
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How many times do you remember experiencing something that didn’t quite make your original plan? Reflecting, during each one of these major situations I remember immediately thinking “forget this” as I didn’t know what to do.
As I stepped back, I realized that taking some time and processing the circumstances provided perspective on various directions to take things. Often, these unplanned events sent from the universe actually created new opportunities.
Whether business or life, we can only plan so much — how do we prepare and keep a mindset that the unexpected happens more often then we think?
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Stay True to Yourself, 20 Year Reflections

December 21, 2019
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Stay true to yourself. Pretty sure this could be more then one blog post. At one point, long ago, I read a bit on marketing fitness from the “experts”. They would say how marketing external appearance builds clientele and grows business.
So, I tried that, received over 20 calls and zero turned into clients. After two months of this, I switched my messaging to health and longevity, received one phone call who turned into a client for years. Her first comment, “why have you not advertised there before?”.
Needless to say, I never again marketed external appearance because I believe the benefit to moving impacts our bodies in ways that don’t show on our outsides. In fact, I see things every day done in the name of “losing weight” that do way more harm then anything else. trying to be something or someone that doesn’t feel “right” makes life harder. When have you done something in life that didn’t feel true to you but went for it anyway? How did it turn out??
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: If It Ain’t Broke, Break It, 20 Year Reflections

November 25, 2019
Sounds opposite of what we learned about life, if it ain’t broke, don’t break it. With business, being prepared for change and even creating opportunities for it becomes the key to longevity.
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Continuously breaking the process and/or looking ahead, provides opportunities to grow and learn. Also, building on the “things find you” lesson, this mindset creates space for new thoughts, ideas, concepts and experiences to find space.
Thinking about ways to some how stay focused on the future and preparing for change sometimes creates a challenge with staying focused on the present while planning and preparing for the future.
After much practice, using the opportunity, potential and guarantee that change will happen, I learned you can use planning for the future to also help appreciate the present.
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Does “Healthy” Have A “Look”?

November 11, 2019
Often we complement a persons size or weight loss with a comment about health. Does health come in a size or certain “look”? Do we sometimes think healthy looks a certain way?
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Over the years, I learned that healthy becomes a complement without finding out more about the person.
Weight loss does not necessarily mean healthy, “skinny and muscular” does not necessarily mean healthy, a larger body does not necessarily mean unhealthy and weight gain does not necessarily mean unhealthy.
How can we expand our idea of what healthy looks like?
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Nourishment vs Dieting

October 28, 2019
by Salvere Health and Fitness
food-brings-people-together-on-many-different-levels-its-nourishment-of-the-so-403x403-nk8j10In our society we spend quite a bit of time focusing on dieting (ie. Eating less, eliminating food groups, skipping meals) to lose weight, fit a certain size and/or an arbitrary number on the scale.
How many of you think of food in terms of nourishment and what different foods provide for our bodies?
What if weight loss also comes with being malnourished? Many weight loss programs/suggestions come with the elimination of carbohydrates for example. This means decreasing the best fuel for your brain, decreasing your potential fiber intake and minimizing your options for vitamins and minerals.
What about eating that favorite food from childhood? In the same form, not “comfort food made healthier”. How does that impact your emotional experience? Sometimes nourishment means feeding your soul.
Food provides so many nutrients for our bodies to work, all day every day, to do amazing things. Outside appearance can provide a false story of what goes on inside. I know people who get labeled “healthy” because of their weight yet they lack proper nourishment. What if we spent more time talking about this and feeding our bodies appropriately?
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Progress-ions — The What??

September 9, 2019
by Salvere Health and Fitness
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Finally we get to the what — Digging into the details of what progressions look like and specific examples of putting them into action. Remember, apply the same thoughts to movement that you do to learning anything else… It’s a step by step process, some steps taking longer to learn then others. To understand progressions, we will look at two exercises in more depth, the squat and the plank.
First, the squat. How many people “can’t squat cause it hurts my _____ .”? To determine the appropriate progressions, start with when, where and for how long the hurt started. Can you pinpoint it to a specific situation, accident or did it just start? Remember, you body uses pain to indicate something is not right. Next look at squat form and alignment while doing the movement.
Lets go with squats bother your knee. If your knee falls in, we would look at maybe some isolated strength in the outside of your glutes or some tightness in the inner thigh. If squats bother the top or front of your knee, we would look at maybe tight quadricep muscles, strength in the hamstrings and/or glutes. Using these squat examples, we would build the progressions around addressing the tight and weak areas for several weeks or months then look at the squat again to see how it felt. Doing jump squats prior to addressing these issues would be an example of a progressions too advanced for what the body feels ready to attempt.
Now the plank. Do planks bother your low back? Or shoulders? Or you can’t hold it for very long? Again, first we would address the pain and form to see if we could make a few simple adjustments. If not, we move on to finding the appropriate challenge position. Starting from the elbows being elevated on a bench, then moving to the floor on elbows and knees then to toes and elbows. Once you perfect these steps, then look at moving on to something more advanced like raising an arm or leg, moving side to side or even attempting mountain climbers or burpees.
The process of building movement based on progressions takes time and patience, just like learning any other new skill. Where can you look into your exercise program and build in opportunities for progressions with your exercises? How can you apply the perspective of learning with movements? Patience and practice!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Progress-ions … The How

August 19, 2019
progression of treesUnderstanding now why progressions matter with regard to your movement plan, how do you begin to utilize them. Before digging in further, remember that progressions differ for everyone and every exercise. You can spend a lifetime working through movement so be sure to take your time and move forward when you feel ready.
Start by investigating the exercises you do regularly. Where do you experience discomfort or like something simply does not feel right when you do the movements? Write these things down and make some notes.
Once you determine the exercises that might need some extra work through assessing how your body feels, start to look at breaking the movements down into smaller pieces. You might need to back up some of the places you already went with the exercises.
For example, if you already tried jump squats but regular squats don’t feel great, temporarily back off of jump squats to practice the pieces of the regular squats to work through the form. It might take 6 months to a year to work through the progressions to get back to jump squats.
The hardest part of how with progressions is determining the pathway to get from the current movement abilities and moving to where you want to be. Helping you navigate the how and what of specific exercise becomes our responsibility as trainers. You can find various places to help you learn through a step by step approach to fitness. Keep in mind, form and mechanics first, intensity second. Next up, the what of progressions — we will break down some specific exercises into what the steps look like.
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.