Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Salvere Blog: Drumroll For…. The Foot Finale

June 27, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Thanks for reading and being interested in this series on the foot. We did this process for several reasons. First, our goal is to teach and educate so that each of you can make the best decision on your specific situation and maybe even begin to feel comfortable asking more questions.

With the foot, true healing takes time and the understanding of where and why a tendonitis or fasciitis might occur. We wanted to take time in explaining what really goes on.

Step by step and a little patience creates an environment where we can truly get to the bottom of the cause of these issues. Icing, a cortisone shot or surgery only temporarily helps. Any of you experience these issues coming back over time??

So, here’s a picture of what your foot looks like in a heeled shoe. Now, the height of the heel matters as it adds stress the higher you get but any heel puts the foot in a less then optimal position, even men’s dress shoes!

In a shoe with a raised heel, the foot bones shift off where they really want to be to function properly causing the ball of the foot to take most of the stress and pressure. This impacts joints, tendons (the Achilles big time) and muscles all the way up to the hip and lower back. Think about this, how does your body stand up straight differently in a high heel vs barefoot?

We essentially created an environment where, over time, the calf muscles get shortened and learn to stay in a tight position. The can cause problems when we switch to a flat shoe. The muscles then battle between being short and tight and long and flexible. Over time, they get frustrated with this battle and begin to cause problems.

Okay okay, now what can you do about this! Well, the true answer is I can’t offer specifics without knowing your individual, unique situation. Do the ice and stuff that makes it feel better in the short term. If you suffer with one of these ailments, freeze a partially filled water bottle and use that to ice the foot.

Some things that we commonly work into a program include stretching the calves, creating more ankle mobility by performing foot circles, point and flex the foot. Also, while standing and practice lifting your toes (since your heels spend all day lifted in a shoe!) and walk around the room on your heels keeping your toes up off the ground. Even check out some foam rolling ideas to release some tightness in the calf area.

This provides a few generic suggestions. To really get to the bottom of your specific situation, please consult a professional. You may need to add some hamstring work, low back stretching and abdominal strengthening as well. Remember, take the time to do the recovery and if you continue to wear heels, you need to continue to do the work to remind those muscles of how you really want them to work.

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.

In health,
Your “Live Healthy” Team

Salvere Blog: Your Foot and A Shoe, A Beautiful Relationship?

June 20, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

In our first foot blog, we investigated just a little into the anatomy of the foot. Then we moved onto briefly talking about foot issues. Now, before we get into some discussion of possible reasons for developing things like plantar fasciitis or a tendonitis, lets take a little look at the wonderful shoe.

Check out this pic (and a snapshot of my shoe collection) of a few shoe styles we might wear for exercise or fashion. Starting from the left – the flip flop, second, a minimal support running shoe, then the fashionable Converse, then a more supportive style of running shoe, stylish boot and the dreaded high heel.

If you look at each of these shoes, they provide something different for our feet, legs and body in general. Aside from the first three, all of them lift the heel either slightly (the Nike) or a great amount (the heel). Anyone out there with plantar fasciitis that feel much better in a shoe with a slight heel? Ever wonder why??

So, two big things to ponder before our next blog – think about toddlers, what do they do when you put shoes on their feet for the first time? Also, now that you have a little background from previous blogs, think about how our feet move with all those muscles and bones and what it’s designed to do for our bodies. How does the arch move naturally? Why?

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 Foot — Beyond Plantar Fasciitis and Tendonitis

June 17, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Okay, so last week we looked at the structure of the foot and how it’s engineered. Now, on to something that might be a little more interesting. How many of you know someone with plantar fasciitis or some type of tendonitis in the Achilles or elsewhere around the foot area or bunions or a sprained ankle?  Lets revisit the foot structure.
Now, breaking things down a little bit, what exactly is a tendonitis or fasciitis? When you see “itis” on the end of an anatomical thing, usually it simply means there’s inflammation in that area. Tendonitis, for example, means the tendon somehow became inflamed. Uncovering why holds the key to real, true healing.

So, plantar fasciitis – The word plantar literally means the sole of the foot and fascia is connective tissue around muscles or organs keeping them together or separating them from each other. Putting this together, plantar fasciitis happens when the fascia on the sole of the foot becomes inflamed and feels terribly uncomfortable.

What would then cause this area to become irritated enough to cause pain?? How would we go about “fixing” it so it goes away?

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: Do It Out of Love

May 11, 2017
by Salvere Health and Fitness
Thinking and processing the different ways and reasons why someone takes action or changes something.

Often I see people start exercising or eating healthier because of a hate or dislike for their bodies. I hear them talk about miserable previous experiences or how much they hate to workout or go to the gym or how much they hate salads or feel like they are deprived when they eat healthy or feel like they are bad because of certain choices.

An alternative thought process would be doing things because we love and appreciate what our bodies can do and opportunities when our health changes. And creating space for freedom to do and eat the things we enjoy while balancing it with the rest of life.

What would that feel like? How hard would that be to shift that thought process from doing things cause we “have” to vs doing things because we “want” to and “CAN”? What motivates or does not motivate 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: Fear of Being Judged

May 3, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Last Friday I happened to be home during the Ellen talk show hour and learned that it had been 20 years since her coming out episode of her sitcom. With curiosity, I tuned in to see what she had to say.
This led to some great introspection after hearing that Ellen had a bomb threat that temporarily shut down filming and Oprah received hundreds of hateful calls, including ones telling her to go back to Africa.
I got to thinking… How many times do you avoid talking about something because of a fear of someone passing judgement? Could be because of who you’re dating or because of a struggle with your weight or even something at work or school you don’t understand…

What does it feel like when you hesitate to share something personal but in the end you do? And the person you share it with accepts and takes the time to understand or ask questions? How does it feel when someone trusts you and shares something difficult and personal?

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: Words Matter

April 18, 2017
by Salvere Health and Fitness
How we talk to others as well as ourselves really matters to how something feels. This month, in our blog, I wanted to take time to share a few examples that seem to come up frequently. Feel free to say each one out loud and pay attention to how it feels different.
Should vs Want
Can’t vs Can
You vs I
They vs Us, We or Me

Try vs Going to

— I “should” go walk around the neighborhood vs I “want” to go walk the neighborhood.        I walked for 15 minutes at lunch, but, I know, I “should” have done more vs I walked for 15 minutes at lunch because I “wanted” to feel the fresh air and take a break from my desk, it felt so good.

— I “can’t” lift more then 3lbs vs I “want” to be stronger, what can I do? I “can’t” take a break vs I “want” to clear my head so I will step away for a few minutes.

— “You” would be so proud of me vs “I” am so proud of myself, I’ve never done that before.  “You” made me mad vs “I” felt very upset when you said that.

— “They” need to do something about this neighborhood vs “We” can go out on Saturday and do some clean up ourselves.  This one can be applied in many places — I found that also instead of using the word “they” defining the “they” helps to clarify.

— I’m going to “try” and make it on Saturday vs I’m “going to” be there Saturday.    I’m “trying” to eat healthy vs I’m eating healthier by adding one fruit each day.

See where you can shift both your internal and external dialog — Let us know where you notice a difference!!!


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: It Sounded Good

March 21, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Diets sound good, til they’re over or can’t be sustained. High intensity workouts sound good, until they contribute to injury. Weight loss sounds good, until we realize that it’s come in the form of losing muscle or due to illness. Restricting a food seems good, until it comes with the “I was bad” statement when we eat it again…

I’ve seen
people regularly value and complement external beauty over internal beauty (and only complement once someone lost weight)

I’ve seen people indirectly (with negative out-loud self talk) and directly teach their sons and daughters that they weren’t enough because they weighed too much

I’ve seen my friends injured because a trainer didn’t do their job and teach appropriate, safe progressions
I’ve seen exercise and movement taught for a moment in time instead of for a lifetime
I’ve seen people demoralized and deflated because “they were bad” with their food choice
I’ve seen people do unsafe things to their bodies because they don’t appreciate what they can do
I’ve watched people seek value in a number on the scale instead of seeing their internal gifts
I’ve seen and felt people who don’t feel good enough about themselves because they don’t fit a certain size

I’ve worked in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years and, sadly, in recent times, these things are getting worse. Eating disorders increased, obesity not decreasing, depression among both older and younger people on the rise as are back problems, joint issues and preventable health problems.

We made it our mission to move the needle on these issues in the other 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.

In health,
Your “Live Healthy” Team

Salvere Blog: Wait, Wait… Don’t Set Your Resolution Yet

January 10, 2017
Do New Years Resolutions really work — From a long term perspective anyway. Why do you think??  Think back to previous years and the resolutions and goals you set for the year.  What did you plan on accomplishing? What were your results? What went well? What was harder then you planned?

Often with new years resolutions, we put too much on our plate to start the new year. We attempt to do everything all at once and it’s too much. We look at the new  year as the only time to “make a new beginning”. While our intentions come from a good place, we often set ourselves up for more then we can realistically accomplish then comes that feeling of failure.

If you made or want to make a new years resolution this year regarding something(s) health and fitness related, challenge yourself to really really really (did I say really?) come to the WHY before you set any goals.

— Why do you matter?
— What do you want to be able to do? Accomplish? Achieve? Impact?
— What does a healthier you look like?

Health and fitness continues to be a popular topic of discussion and motivation for our resolutions. You can’t escape the discussions on weight loss this time of year, within our own heads as well as outward with friends, family, doctors, tv, radio and social media.  Do health resolutions even work? Why do we lose steam in two to three months?? Are we setting goals and then mapping out a plan or schedule? Why do we think we can do so much at once? Are we making plans based on what we want to do individually or what “they” tell us we should?

Your health is the best, most wonderful gift you can give yourself and those around you — It’s not a punishment and you are more then a number on the scale. Look at your health differently — It’s a forever process and should include things you ENJOY with PEOPLE you ENJOY!

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact her, call (410) 707-0055 or email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Psst … This Trainer Does Not Do Burpees

November 29, 2016

And here’s why. How many of you sit for hours each day — at the office, driving, watching TV, etc? Back pain tops the list in reasons for missed work. Over half of all Americans admit to pack pain at least 1x per year and about 80% of us will experience it during our lifetime at some point. This being said, we can do some things to work on minimizing our potential for problems through our movement program. Conversely, we can do some things to increase our risk for potential problems as well.

As a trainer, I sift through all exercise possibilities and options to determine who will be doing the exercise, what they want to accomplish, where they are now with their fitness, where they’ve been in the past and any other important information such as injuries, accidents, illnesses, etc. From there, I set a plan for the workout and I do this for myself as well as my clients.

Since many of us sit for hours each day, we need to take this into consideration when doing our workouts. Personally, the small benefit of exercises that carry a greater potential to stress the lower back such as Burpees and Mountain Climbers can be made up for in other movements. In exchange, substitute exercises that will help to counter the effects sitting has on our backs, hips and legs.
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact her, call (410) 707-0055 or email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: The Holidays Are Here Again

November 13, 2016

Oh, the holidays. So much gets wrapped up in these next two months starting with Halloween. First the candy from trick or treat leftovers then on to the Thanksgiving Holiday with the theme of eating and family.

From Turkey Day to New Years Eve — the end of the year parties, work parties, neighborhood parties, friend parties and family gatherings – time seems to be so filled and goes by so fast. So, what to do what to do with regard to healthy eating and moving your body (ie. Exercise!).
A few tips:
  1. Enjoy yourself and do it with pleasure.
  2. Stay consistent with your schedule as much as possible. Meaning, if something is not planned, do your thing — Keep exercising and keep eating healthy just like you do the rest of the year.
  3. Be the one to suggest a walk or something active to spend time with that friend or family member visiting from out of town. Go discover somewhere new or take them to your favorite park or city.
  4. Plan ahead and take time to relax
  5. Get plenty of sleep.
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact her, call (410) 707-0055 or email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.