Posts Tagged ‘balance’

Salvere Blog: The Struggle With Regular Exercise, It’s Real!

October 6, 2016
 
Ever wonder how much more research on the benefits of exercise will come out? Feel frustrated that we impress upon our society the importance of movement but live so stressed out and busy that it feels like there’s no time? Why if we know all its wonderful benefits do we still struggle to stay or start a routine?

No time, it’s boring, I hate it, it hurts, too tired, etc are a few of the reasons we might use to avoid exercise. So if we know, intellectually, all the benefits, why do these excuses drive our decisions when it comes to actually working out? Well, enter emotion and the power of our mind.

Sometimes too much information becomes overwhelming, sometimes it stirs up some uncomfortable emotions from past activities, sometimes it feels lonely because nobody else joins in and sometimes it really does physically hurt. Sometimes thinking about 2 or 3 or 10 years down the road seems too far away to really matter.

Not to mention, many of the benefits come in the form of intangible things like better sleep, less stress, reduced risk of heart disease or diabetes, better balance and improved bone density. What do those feel like and look like? It’s real hard to imagine or feel these for the most part.

Okay, so what to do about this when you want to be active, know the benefits of being active and just don’t seem to do anything about it? While I’d like to say there’s some magical answer, it really comes down to really thinking about why it’s important to you and setting a goal that’s doable for YOU — Start with 10 minutes a day and challenge yourself to see how many consecutive days you can do something.

Remind yourself why it’s important to YOU to exercise and go even when you don’t feel like it. Know others struggle too so know you’re not alone and talk about it with others! It helps!

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact her, call (410) 707-0055 or email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com.
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The Salvere Health and Fitness Team

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Salvere Blog: Getting to the Core of the “Core”

September 2, 2015

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Frequently a client will come to us and say “I want to work on my core.” What exactly does this mean and what areas count as “core?” When you hear the term core, what does that mean to you? Is the core the same for a soccer player as it is for a basketball player or an older person struggling with balance?apple core

You see this buzz word in a title for an exercise classes, you might read about it in a magazine or even hear that recommendation from a medical professional. Most people equate the word “core” to mean the abdominal area and immediately think crunches. The truth of the matter is core means different things to all of us.

If you play soccer, the core could include the hips and legs. If you play tennis, the core could include the shoulders and arms. If you are around small children that need to be picked up and carried, the core could include the hips, back and midsection.

Core exercises generally work the muscles that stabilize the spine, pelvic area and shoulder girdle. These muscles need to be able to do their job in isolation and also work in conjunction with each other to transfer movement to the extremities. For example, the plank allows the torso to work in isolation and you can feel your abdominals contract. Now, can you use those muscles in a similar way when you squat down to pick up a heavy box off the floor?

The upper and lower body work in conjunction throughout all movement. Recall that old statement, “You’re only as strong as your weakest link?” Think of the muscles running from the shoulder through the hip as a chain where each link connects to the other. If one link is missing or “not working”, it impacts how the rest of the chain moves. In order to get things moving smoothly again, the weak link must be corrected.

When looking to train your “core”, find someone to assess your specific movements and mechanics. Start with a program that focuses on your weak link(s) and getting stronger. Also, create a program that provides exercises specific to your activity, whether it is for sport or everyday life.

Incorporate multi direction movements in your program and progress the exercises as your program moves forward and you build strength. Train your muscle to help you maintain proper posture and contribute to your gait (walking) patterns. Remember, core training includes many movements — Incorporate movements for isolation and exercises with multiple pieces. Think outside the box and beyond just what hurts and focus on getting your whole body stronger.

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call her at (410) 707-0055.