Archive for the ‘Mind’ Category

Salvere Blog: Growing Carrots

June 7, 2021

by Salvere Health and Fitness


Over the past year, more people picked up gardening as a hobby since it provided a safe environment and something to do outside the house. I happen to be one of those people who returned to gardening, something we did quite regularly growing up as a family. (Although I bet my parents wouldn’t say we did it happily or voluntarily!) This year, two of my nephews decided to join us and it started some interesting conversations surrounding growth and patience through their initial planting of carrots.


The planting of these carrot seeds took place in March and here we sit, the beginning of June, yet to actually eat a carrot. What a lesson in growth! From a seed in March to teeny tiny sprouts in April to very big stems in June with still more to go.


What if we learned from the way a carrot or any other plant goes through the life cycle? A planted seed needs to be watered and tended, a conscious paying attention to what it needs at various growth stages. What if it attracts a pest or fungus, something to impact growth? What would you do to give it proper care? No matter when you want the carrot to be ready, it will grow at its own pace. Regardless of how much you want the carrot, it will not magically appear.


What if we provided space for different attention needs at different times, awareness of various phases of growth of self and others as well as appropriate expectations? How do we learn to appreciate the rainy days, as we need those just as we need the sunshine?


How about being present in each phase of growth and not trying to be somewhere else.


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 staying the path to continuous growth opportunities and taking time for curiosity.

Salvere Blog: What Makes it Social Media Worthy?

May 4, 2021

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Oh, social media! So many pieces and parts to the impact and role of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like in our society today. How do you decide what makes the cut for a social media post? What impact do other posts have on you?


Process the various pictures and messages posted regarding exercise, fitness, and nutrition. What do you usually see people post about? How do you find yourself responding both internally and publicly with a comment or “like”?

I notice that I see posts more often of a sweaty workout, a challenging run or bike ride or exercise with friends then I see someone post a picture of themselves stretching (not doing yoga) or doing mobility or balance and stability work. It also seems to be more often posts “making progress” then when struggling with something on the journey where posts become less and less.


How do we start to create more balance in what gets shared to the world? How do we start to make all the components of movement equally post worthy??


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: 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: 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: Flexibility vs. Mobility

January 19, 2021

by Salvere Health and Fitness

For so long we talked about strength, cardio and flexibility as the three components of a fitness program. Strength and cardio seem to be the two pieces that “get credit” whereas flexibility (ie. Stretching) seem to get added randomly or rushed through at the end or often left out completely. What about this piece that makes it harder to do consistently?


For many years, we taught flexibility to increase range of motion, yet many people did not find it felt like stretching really amounted to anything. Let’s take a deeper look at the muscular/skeletal system in terms of range of motion. Range of motion of muscles and joints comes into play with all movement whether it be walking, dancing, running or weightlifting.


Stretching only addresses range of motion when it becomes limited. People can also experience too much range of motion. You know that person you see who can fold themselves in half? They very well may experience too much range of motion. So what’s the big deal?


Too much mobility in an area of the body can cause instability, joint and muscular issues just as not enough movement. From now on, we will make the third component of fitness mobility instead of flexibility to allow for variations in different bodies.


That nagging pain that seems to come and go, working on mobility more consistency may be the answer. Struggle with proper form with walking, running and/or certain exercises? Working on mobility may be the answer. Sitting for hours a day puts the body into a less then optimal position. In a perfect world, we want to undo the impact of sitting on a daily basis.


When planning your movement (fitness) program, include mobility work as often as the other components. Pay attention to your body and create space for flexibility within the framework for your movement plan.


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: Planning with Flexibility

January 17, 2021

by Salvere Health and Fitness
In our last blog, we mentioned planning with flexibility to work towards living between all or none when it comes to movement and food. Often we hear people say something like, well I don’t have self-control so I need to give it all up. Doesn’t not eating something at all require self-control? Exercising every single day requires self-discipline, right? This does not mean it’s not a challenge or difficult.


Now that we established that we do possess the ability to do hard things, we want to provide you with tools to establish that planning or framework with some flexibility. First, do you check in with yourself before you do you movement activity for the day? Spend 5 min (yes, take that amount of time!) checking in with what you did yesterday, what “feels” in your body and what might help mentally.


Do you look at your entire week with fueling your body? Do you put a microscope on every little thing you eat instead of looking at it more broadly? Also, check in and learn what hunger and being more intuitive with food feels like?


If the “schedule” says challenging cardio day and you did not sleep well, what can you do to be kinder to what your body may need? If you get invited out to dinner with a friend for nachos and a beer, can you swap that planned meal to tomorrow? If it’s Tuesday and you have not gotten a workout in that week, can you plan something for tomorrow instead of throwing in the towel for the whole week?


Put some tools in your toolbox so you give yourself more options to be flexible within your plan. Be aware of what is driving your choice to do or not do something. Remember, YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS!

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.