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Salvere Blog: Virtual World Stretch #4 — Hips!!

August 9, 2020

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Keeping things moving, this blog we will continue with the hips. The hips become impacted greatly with sitting, especially if sitting cross legged. If you experience any pain or had any surgery or injury, follow your personal recommendations.

Start by paying attention to how you sit. Do you cross one leg over the other? Do you notice you sit more on one side then the other? Do you sit with your knees touching but your feet apart? Do you wear a wallet in your back pocket? Do your feet sit flat on the floor? Email us if you want help with specifics and we can work to include it in our series.

The hips really connect your upper body and lower body so paying attention to how they function matters. This week we will address one possible stretch, out of many! You might see it called the figure 4 stretch or a cross leg hip stretch. You can do this seated in your chair or lying on the floor.

Basically, with this stretch you cross one leg/ankle over the knee/thigh of the other leg. The key on this stretch come with not pushing the leg too aggressively and watch how your hips might shift off center if you have tight muscles.

Try this one seated and sit up straight, with your spine neutral. Bend your knee and cross your right leg at the ankle over your left so your right leg is parallel to the floor. Pay attention to how you sit as you go thru the stretch. Do you lean more onto one side? Do you round your shoulders? Focus on keeping them both centered and neutral.

As various parts of your body start to “feel” pay attention. Give them some TLC and you will do wonders for keeping your alignment going in a positive direction.

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: Virtual World Stretch #3 — Doin’ The Twist

July 14, 2020
by Salvere Health and Fitness
Before we move on to stretch #3, did you get a chance to try out any of the others? How’d they feel? Do you find it helps “undo” a little of your computer time posture? Email us if you feel something specific and we can work to include it in our series.
img_seated_spine_stretch2This week, lets address the muscles surrounding your torso, lower back and sides of your trunk. Do you find yourself stiff after sitting for a while? Do you get periodic lower back pain? The muscles surrounding the ribs, spine, shoulders and hips feel unhappy after a day of sitting. Remember the spine is meant to move in all different ways and sometimes keeping it in one position for extended periods of time create tension and stiffness. These next few blogs will focus on a few different exercises to address these areas.
The stretch this week works on trunk or torso rotation. You can perform this seated right in your office chair or seated on the floor.
— from your chair, sit up off the seat back with your knees bent at 90 degrees and feet flat on the floor
— from the floor, sit with your legs straight out in front of you and take your left leg, bend the knee and cross it over your right straight leg
— for both positions, keep your head and chest up and spine neutralmaxresdefault
— be careful not to drop your chin towards your chest
— seated in your chair, keep your knees facing forward and rotate your chest and shoulders towards the right, using your legs as leverage to twist. Hold for 60+ seconds.
— seated on the floor, rotate your torso towards the left leg twisting your spine and using your left leg as leverage. Hold for 60 or more seconds then switch.
Hold your positions for at least 60 seconds, maybe even longer. Your spine and torso will thank you!! When you get into the positions, take time to breathe. Sometimes breathing will feel challenging when stretching the torso. Back off the stretch a little bit and take a few breaths and try to move back into a deeper stretch.
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: Virtual World Stretch #2 — Opening Up

July 4, 2020
by Salvere Health and Fitness
How did it go over the last week? Did you get some time to step away from your computer for a few minutes to give your spine some chill time? I know I definitely had to step away and change my positioning more frequently.
This week, lets address the muscles impacted by that “hunched over the computer” posture. Do you find yourself rounding your shoulders or holding your head forward to look at the computer? To address this from a movement perspective, we need to think about opening up the chest/front of the body muscles while also strengthening the muscles in the back surrounding the shoulder blades. For this blog, we will discuss the opening up piece.
door chest stretch
Find a doorway that you can step through a foot or two (not the basement where the stairs greet you as you open the door!). You will use the door frame to support your arms while you step through the door to stretch your chest.
— stand in the middle of the door way
— place your forearms flat on each side of the door frame with your elbows bent at 90 degrees
— keeping your head and chest up, step through the doorway until you feel a stretch across the chest (you may even feel your shoulder blades squeeze together
— hold this position for at least 30 seconds, practicing your breathing from last blog
— to stretch different parts of chest, move your elbows up the door frame a few inches and down a few inches, hold each position as in first stretch
This takes only a few minutes of your day and can be the best give you give your neck and back all day long!!! Take time for yourself frequently throughout the day to rejuvenate your musculoskeletal system.
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: Our Virtual World, A Blessing and A Curse

July 1, 2020
by Salvere Health and Fitness
breathe quotesHow many of you spent more time in front of your computer over the last 3 months then you can last remember? Amazing how much going different places or being in an office provides us with opportunities throughout the day to get up and shift our bodies. I hear from many people about how much they didn’t realize they moved throughout the day until the Covid 19 stay at home settled in.
In our next series of blogs, we will break down some specific stretches and movements you can do for that stiff neck, back, legs and hips. First, we want to give you some generic tips to go against the posture created from using Zoom, Google, WebX and any of the other virtual platforms.
By the nature of being “live” virtually, sitting position often gets thrown off a little. Some set ups cause a bit of constant looking down, others sitting in a slightly twisted, leaning or rotated position and some other non optimal positioning. First, see if you can adjust your set up or even find two different options so you can change things up.
In general, our bodies don’t want to be sitting so set reminders to get up at least 1-2x before lunch and same after. If you can move some things to phone calls to give yourself the opportunity to at least stand up or sit differently to relieve some neck/shoulder tension. Take time to straighten your legs and so some light rotation for your torso muscles. Remember to pause and take a few minutes to focus on deep breathing.
It feels as though the last few weeks I see and hear more impacts of the hours at home on the computer. The virtual platforms provide us a great way to stay connected so lets see how we can navigate through the physical impact a little better too! If you experience something specific, please reach out to us!
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: Virtual World “Stretch” #1

June 27, 2020
So back to this virtual world set up many of us find ourselves navigating. Think through your set up and how you sit and/or stand. How does your body spend most of your work and/or school hours? Do you notice anything in particular feels tight/stiff or achy?
Our first in this series of stretches/movements we encourage taking time 2-3x throughout your day to simply lay flat on your back for at least 5 minutes. Use a timer or alarm for this and place your phone away from you. This position allows your spine to take a rest from gravity without any pushing or pulling at anything. Plus, this allows time to also give your brain time to process things and take a few deep breaths.
lying with knees bent
For the positioning, find a comfortable place to lay flat on your back. If it feels uncomfortable, feel free to place a small pillow under your head. Start with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor or your legs up on a couch or chair so your knees and hips are bent at about 90 degrees.
For the breathing, from your lying position, take time to focus on your breath. Place one hand on your belly and one on your chest. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Work to get your breath to touch the deep part of your lungs near the hand on your belly. Exhale through your mouth. Do this 10-20 times as it may make you feel slightly lightheaded if this practice is new for you.
If you feel comfortable with your knees bent, take a few minutes to straighten your legs and relax from there. If if feels in your lower back, try it to see if it relaxes. If not, bend your knees again and finish there.
Remember, take time to give your body the gift of some TLC — We all feel this and will make it through together! Again, please reach out if you need or experience something specific.
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: Back to Basics – Building Your Foundation

April 25, 2020
barefoot on sandIf you wanted to build a house, after the plans and layout decisions, where would you start? With the actual building, the first step begins by laying the foundation. What if the builder used inappropriate material? Or made it uneven or unstable? Or left cracks? At first, things might be okay, for a while. Then you may notice the wall cracks or leaks in the basement, or the floor starts to look uneven.
Okay, now think about our wonderful human bodies. When we look at building something that will last over a long period of time, do we start with the foundation? The foundation of our bodies can be found at our feet. Our feet literally keep us grounded, help us move from here to there, provide cushion and absorb shock every time we take a step.
Using our house analogy, how can we make sure to invest time and resources into building a solid foundation, our feet. To keep this focused on movement, we will put the discussion surrounding shoes off for another conversation. Let’s talk foot fitness …
When’s the last time you walked around barefoot for a significant period of time? Remember as a kid wanting to be barefoot every chance you got?
When’s the last time (not due to injury) you took time to self-massage, roll or stretch your feet?
What better time then now to start to pay more attention to your feet. Take some time to walk around the house with no shoes or slippers or anything on your feet. When you walk, do you push off your toes? Especially the first big toe? Do you roll through the ball of your foot? Do both feet feel the same?
After spending some time without shoes on, take time to roll the bottom of your foot on a golf ball, water bottle or anything else you can find around your house that would work. Apply some pressure. What do you feel? Do you experience more sensation in different spots? Curl your toes as much as you can, like really squeeze them. Then pull your toes back as far as you can. Point and flex your feet, roll them in circles clockwise and counterclockwise. See how all this feels and what feels natural and what feels awkward.
How can you give your feet more attention to make them stronger and function a little better as your foundation? Happy barefoot-ing!!
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: Walking, Is There a “Way” ?

April 21, 2020
barefoot grassHow many of you feel like you walk more these days more then ever? It surely gives a nice escape and some time for fresh air. Any of you noticing different and/or new things about what your joints and muscles say?
Walking may seem like an activity that we all know how to do easily with out thinking. Yes, this can happen — And, often we need to undo some posture funky things developed from sitting, injuries, surgeries and various things over time.
1.    Head, shoulders and chest: Keep your head up and centered between your shoulders. Focus your eyes straight ahead. Keep your shoulders back and down. Your chest should be naturally lifted, as if there were a string attached to the center that gently pulls it upwards.
2.   Arms and hands: Your arms should be bent at 90 degrees. Swing them back and forth — not side to side — and keep them close to your body. Keep your hands loosely cupped as if you are holding a butterfly that you don’t want to escape but you don’t want to crush either.
3.   Abdominals: Pull your belly button gently in toward your spine and tuck your pelvis forward ever so slightly so you feel tall, stable and upright.
4.   Hips, thighs and feet: Power your movements from your hips rather than your thighs, but keep your hips loose and natural. Take long, fast strides that still feel natural rather than awkward. Land gently on your heels and roll smoothly to push off with your toes. Think of planting your heel and then “pushing the ground away from you” as you roll through your foot.
5.   Breathing and heart rate: Your breathing may be loud, but concentrate on keeping it even and steady. Your heart may be pounding or it may not be. Focus on keeping your pace regular and steady. Some days may be faster, some days may be a slower journey.
Let every walk be something different. Take time to explore and observe your surrounding. Take time to pay attention to what your body does while your moving. Enjoy!
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: 9 Tips for Navigating Home Workout Options

April 8, 2020
by Salvere Health and Fitness
workout-stuffOver the next many weeks, we find ourselves home and wanting to do something to move our bodies. With so much time inside and so many options, new and old, going around on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Peloton and being sent to your inbox, how do you make sure you stay safe and injury free? How do you know if it’s the right one for you? Here’s some thoughts to get you started.
1.      Picking right one: Ask yourself a few questions. What does your body feel like it needs? Do you feel like you know how to do most of the exercises? Does it require extensive equipment?
2.      Start at the appropriate level: What exercise/movement experience do you have up until now? Do you need to be careful of any injuries or aches/pains? If you want to try something new, start at the beginner level.
3.      Be aware of marketing and specifics: If its an app, does it provide variety? Do they come with hidden costs? If it’s too good to be true…
4.      Cost vs Value: cost is the absolute price and value extends into the details of what you get for that $ amount. How much will you really use it? How much do you need specific instruction and details?
5.      Available time: Do you spend most of your days working from home? Do you feel busier than you did before due to work load, kids, family, etc? Do you feel less busy? Find something that fits your time frame – Shorter workouts vs longer ones
6.      Know your why for wanting to add movement: What makes you want to seek out exercise options? Do you need more strength work? Some range of motion/stretching? Once you answer these questions you know more about what to look to add.
7.      Cues in virtual workouts: Pay attention to the visual and verbal cues. Really listen to what the instructor talks you through and be present in your body.
8.      Body positioning: Be aware of your body position in each movement. If its something new or its been a while, be kind to yourself. Take time to learn and explore shifting and moving your body in different ways. If something hurts, stop. No pain, no gain is not a thing!
9.      Go at your pace: Even if the instructor says do a certain number or a certain speed, they don’t know your body. Take time to go at your pace and to challenge yourself when appropriate. Remember challenging yourself can mean a multitude of things way beyond intensity and a specific number.
Remember, this time comes with a layer of stress for all of us. If something feels uncomfortable, stop and take a rest. Take time to build a foundation and slow down. High intensity workouts add stress to your internal body so pay particular care to this component.
Be kind to yourself, listen to your body and follow your instinct. You matter and take time to give yourself love, support and kindness.
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: Expectations and Reality

March 19, 2020

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Sometimes people say, don’t have expectations. How realistic does this sound? Ever tried it? As many of us sit home the next few weeks, unexpectedly, maybe it’s about realistic, expectation-vs-realitythoughtful expectations with flexibility.

Expectations come in many different areas – with yourself, with friends, with family, with significant others, with a job and with a daily schedule. Think of a time when you set a goal for yourself and did not “accomplish” it and a time you did. What made each situation different?

With fitness, my mind goes to New Years resolutions. We encourage setting goals of exercise and eating that often start with unrealistic expectations. For example, someone who wants to start working out from scratch, what makes it seem realistic to expect going from not exercising to 5-6x per week immediately. What about the process of recovering from injury or illness? How about setting something more achievable and reasonable? That person sets an unrealistic expectation of themselves and often as professionals we guide these goals without further discussion.

Look at other areas such as relationships as well. How and what creates the expectation of another? Do we expect something from Mom or Dad, cause, well they’re our parents? Do we expect things from our significant other simply because of the role they hold in our lives? Do we expect our job to provide us something unrealistic? How about buying a big house or fancy car, do we expect that to bring us joy?

What if we took a little more time to look deeper at each situation and person as well as ourselves when we set expectations? How could we be more aware and appreciate each situation for what it brings to our lives? How can we better express areas we could use extra support and honor our individual dreams and goals?

Maybe taking a little extra time to investigate a little deeper will help with establishing more realistic expectations of both ourselves and each other? How do we use this to navigate an ever changing environment?

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: Conditioning vs Curiosity

February 29, 2020
Let’s investigate conditioning – the mental conditioning, not necessarily the sports/fitness kind of conditioning you think a fitness professional would be writing about.
thinking questions
According to our friend the dictionary, conditioning is defined as “the process of training or accustoming a person or animal to behave in a certain way or to accept certain circumstances.”
How do we become conditioned to think certain things? What contributes to our mental conditioning of how something “should” be or even “could” be? Think about all the places you get messages from throughout the day – social media, television, radio, friends, family … Any others?
A list I started from things I hear throughout the day/week:
Shoes will fix foot “problems”
Running causes bad knees
Diets work
Pain is natural
Weight loss is good
That healthy comes in a certain body size
Muscle soreness means a good workout
Core = Abdominal muscles
Shouldn’t question physical therapist, trainer or doctor
People with larger bodies don’t exercise/people with smaller bodies “are fit”
What things do you hear people accept without asking more questions? What things do you accept in yourself without questioning? How can you create more awareness and space to engage in more inquisitive/curious conversations with yourself and others?
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.