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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.

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: Curiosity – Where Should I Feel This?

October 5, 2020

by Salvere Health and Fitness

With a specific focus on exercise and movement, how does it feel? When you do your workouts, do you spend time in awareness of how and where the movement “feels”? Often during our movement sessions, I get asked “where should I feel this”. As tempting as it might be to answer by pointing to a specific muscle or area on the body, there’s rarely one place an exercise “feels”.


Lets take some time to peal away a few layers. First, we need to expand on “where an exercise should feel”. Using the squat as an example, sure it works your leg muscles. What about your feet? How do your feet feel the squat? And your back, upper and lower. Do you ever focus on how your upper back works through a squat? Could your lower back feeling something be an indicator of needing a form tweak or realignment or maybe an old injury? Does one side feel differently then the other?


Now to become curious ——–


When you navigate through your next few workouts, take some time to be mentally present with where your body “feels” each movement. Slow down, pause at the bottom, pause at the top and take more time through each part. Shift left, shift right, move the weight slightly different. Send us a message to let us know what you discover!


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: 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.
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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.

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: 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.