Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Salvere Blog: What’s in Your Toolbox?

February 19, 2018

 

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Continuing the theme of last blog, what’s in your “movement options toolbox”? Meaning, when your “normal routine” gets thrown off, what do you do when you need to modify what you planned?

If we think outside the “box” when it comes to exercise to include any type of movement. Some ideas for your toolbox include:

— Short on time, create a list of some things you want to feel better doing like stretching, balance or some floor work?

— Not time to get to the gym, what can you do at home? Go old school: jumping jacks, side shuffle, squats, wall sits, dips, planks

— Not feeling that run? Call a friend and go for an outdoor adventure, take pictures, find random things, be aware of your surroundings

— When’s the last time you danced or did something with child like freedom? No time like the present!!!
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: As Soon As Things Settle Down, I Will…

February 12, 2018
by Salvere Health and Fitness
Do you find yourself saying, “as soon as things slow down, I’ll get back into my routine.” Or “I’m adjusting to a new schedule, so I’ll start when things settle in.” Or some version of these?

Do we really settle into a schedule that never changes? For all of you living in the DC/Maryland area, you better answer that a BIG “NO we don’t” with all the ice and strange funky weather we experienced this winter.

How often does your regular schedule get thrown off by weather, traffic, an unexpected meeting, a sick child or pet, waking up with a headache, car trouble, vacation, visits from friends, events at school or work, a delay coming home from a trip, an injury or reoccurring pain?

What if instead of waiting for that “regular” to happen, we adjusted our mindset to know that each day brings something new and different be it big or little? If we developed the idea that things always change, and we created an openness to adjusting to what the day brings?

I hear these things all the time impacting clients workout sessions as it’s usually the first things to get deleted from the schedule. Is there a way to combine activities?? A visit with a friend and a walk or workout?? Some outside time at lunch if you know it’s going to be a crazy evening? Remember, you’re important so give yourself the gift of health!

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 You Workout Hard?

January 30, 2018
by Salvere Health and Fitness
“I worked out hard yesterday.” Ever heard that or even said it yourself? What exactly does this mean?
Workout hard, right? … But…
Feel like you exercise with intensity?? Or like you don’t but “should”?
Is working out hard the key?? How would you even define hard?
And/or is it the most important?
Well the answer lies in the “it depends” area. It depends on what your body needs the most — Flexibility/mobility? Stability? Balance? Strength? Stress relief? Cardiovascular?
Clients come in all the time and want a “hard” workout or compare workouts to what they hear or see from someone or somewhere else.
As a trainer, our job is to look at what each person does on their own, what they experienced in life with regard to injuries/illnesses and such and what movements work best at that point in time.
For example, if energy levels feel low, provide a low intensity, range of motion based workout. If someone struggles to straighten their arms above their head, we find a way to work on that before we recommend lifting heavy weights over head.
Does hard necessarily equal smart or appropriate or balanced with what you need as an individual? When in doubt, pick the SMART workout.
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: Binge Eating

January 20, 2018

By Teddey Hicks, Women’s Healing Center in Ellicott City

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When I was in the throes of binge eating disorder, I remember feeling so confused. What was wrong with me? Why was I so out of control? Why did I keep punishing my body night after night?

I would lie in bed, every single morning, sick with regret. Thinking about everything I had eaten the night before, hating myself, vowing to be different. Each day started with a new, hopeful plan, and each night ended in an out-of-control eating frenzy.

I felt so lost and hopeless.

Just hearing the words “Binge Eating Disorder” gave me hope. Finally, a name for what was happening to me! And that must mean other people have the same thing — I’m not crazy! I felt palpable relief.

The process of self-discovery was so exciting. I felt validated and hopeful, and gained a level of clarity about myself that I hadn’t even dreamed was possible. It was an amazing journey.

The best thing was finally understanding what was going on. I wasn’t crazy. I wasn’t a glutton. I wasn’t selfish and sinful. I was just suffering, and eating was my coping mechanism.
What I Learned

Bingeing is the result of physical deprivation.

Many people who suffer with binge eating disorder have a history of dieting and restriction. It’s not surprising, since we live in this fat-phobic culture, and dieting is so pervasive.

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When you restrict your food intake and eat less than your body needs, powerful evolutionary mechanisms kick into gear in order to help you survive (because your body doesn’t understand what “bathing suit season” is — it just thinks you’re starving). This means that with each diet, your body gets better at storing excess energy, increases your appetite, and slows down or ceases other bodily functions to conserve energy. (Evidence of this may be present in your own experience: each diet gets harder, you seem to feel hungrier than you used to, you gain weight extremely easily, and you feel tired and run-down.)

Eventually, your body’s need to survive outweighs (pardon the pun) your desire to fit into size 6 jeans, and you compensate for the calorie deficit you’ve been experiencing by eating lots and lots of food — post-diet binge sound familiar?

Of course you experience this as failure, and take personal responsibility for not having enough will-power or not being a good dieter. And you probably try again next week, with the same sad results. This is the classic diet-binge cycle.

The first steps to curbing binge behavior are creating permission and security around food. This can feel scary if it’s new territory, but it leads to unbelievable freedom.

Bingeing is a sign of emotional distress.

How do you feel when you’re binge eating? Relaxed and happy? Probably not.

Most likely, you feel out of control around food when you’re anxious, stressed, sad, lonely, or angry. It’s just a coping mechanism — and an effective one, at that.

Bingeing may help you numb your feelings. Feeling stuffed may help you feel safe and comforted. Surrounding yourself with extra layers of food may help you hide. You’re protecting yourself.

Binge eating is a very effective signal that something in your life is out of balance, and you may feel relief from your struggles with food once you address those underlying issues.

Binge eating affects all types of people.

You’re not alone. This is the most common type of eating disorder, and it cuts across socio-economic, race, sex, and cultural lines. It was such a relief to me to finally have other people who understood and sympathized with my daily battles.

Binge eating doesn’t make you a bad person.

In our culture, we are quick to blame the individual for any kind of unproductive behaviors. We see things like binge eating as weakness, and think the sufferer should have more will-power, exercise more, or just stop eating so much. There is little understanding or sympathy for the systemic and emotional issues that create these complex behavioral patterns.

Please know that there’s a reason for what you’re going through, and there are ways to overcome it. It doesn’t reflect your worth as a person, or your personal strength.

Binge eating is completely fixable.

Developing an understanding of why you binge is the first step. Then you work through those issues and develop more productive coping mechanisms. You go through the process of creating a peaceful relationship with food. You learn to trust your body again. You learn to respect yourself again.

Yes, it takes time, and yes, it can be challenging, and yes, you will probably need a lot of support and guidance. But recovery is absolutely possible, and the freedom on the other side in incredible.

It’s a powerful journey that will impact every area of your life. It’s exciting, and rewarding, and sometimes even fun. Once you can stop blaming yourself and look for the actual causes of your struggle, you will find it possible to move forward and experience real relief. We’re here to help you get started.

Teddey Hicks works as a Intuitive Eating Counselor and Health Coach at The Women’s Healing Center. She experienced her own journey through binge eating and exercising. She uses her life experiences to help women get past their own limiting beliefs and start living their best lives. You can email her or call her at 443-620-4710 to talk more about your journey.

Salvere Blog: What Happens After?

January 15, 2018
by Salvere Health and Fitness

 

Looking at all the “things” out there – 21 Day “Fix”, Whole30, Detox or Cleanse program, etc. what do they “fix” or what do we hope to accomplish in 30 days? What does a 6 week body transformation workout program consist of? We walk into these plans with the mentality on the set time periods and/or time frames. Repeatedly, I hear people say, “I’m going to do this to reset”. Or “I’m going to do this get a fresh start”.

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And then there’s no discussion or thought for the “after”. And no extensive thought as to “why”. Why do these programs appeal to you? How many times have you done that cleanse or detox or fix? Do you even like or enjoy these plans?

How can you develop into the healthiest you without going on a plan? By doing something you enjoy and finding ways to find peace with who you are and where you are, today?

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: Oprah Winfrey

January 8, 2018

by Salvere Health and Fitness

So you probably thought, why in the world would there be a blog about Oprah on this site?

When it comes to weight loss, how many of you think, if only I had the time and/or money to hire a trainer, nutritionist, coach,etc. Well, now, here’s someone, Oprah Winfrey, with both time and money, and the “best” trainers (remember Bob Green) and chefs (Art Smith and Rosie Daley) to guide her weight loss efforts over the years.

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While these professionals became famous, Oprah continued (and still continues) riding the weight loss/weight gain roller coaster. Through all this, Oprah still remained the same wonderful person. What if she stopped trying to lose weight and started living without that expectation? What if we started to see people for those beautiful, unique things that make them special instead of complementing external appearance?

Time and/or money don’t provide any sort of magic… the magic lives inside each one of us and has nothing to do with a number on the scale. Show us the magical you this year!

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: Wait, Wait … Resolutions?

December 28, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

 

Don’t make or poo poo those resolutions quite yet — based on my highly sophisticated research study (of about 17 people), New Year’s resolutions seem to be a thing of the past. Even if you fall into the category of not making resolutions, the end of a year and beginning of a new one provide a time for reflection, both on past and looking ahead.

This year, we challenge you to reflect on 2017 and think through all the things. What moments make you proud? What moments felt tough and provided you the opportunity to learn something new? What moments can your remember where you knew you mattered?

Think ahead to 2018, what would bring you joy? Where can you challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone? What keeps you in that space?

So, before you give up on the whole resolution thing, think about changing what the new year means. Maybe reflect on bigger things like what you want your days and months to look like, to feel like when you reflect back next year?

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 if Scales Didn’t Exist

November 28, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Way back in history, people used the original scales to weight objects out of a necessity IMG_20171121_110536339for various parts of life such as merchants for accuracy in selling their goods. As the scale developed over the past thousands of years, it certainly advanced in technology and accuracy. Today, the scale is used many places and became part of pretty much every household.

With specific conversation surrounding using the scale to weight yourself, what if the scale did not exist? How would it change your relationship with food and what you eat? Would you pay more attention to how you feel instead of what made the scale move? Or would you be kinder to yourself?

IMG_20171126_134844724What about your exercise? What would you do to move your body if your weight had nothing to do with defining “your success”? Are you someone who goes through phases with exercise? Would it change your consistency? Would you pay more attention to your surroundings? Would you pay more attention to the other benefits of moving?

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: Is a Picture Really Worth 1,000 Words?

November 11, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Before and after pictures, head shots for business, pictures on dating sites, photo promoting a personal trainer/massage therapist/dietitian? We use pictures for so many things but what do they really tell?

Before and After Pictures: used often to show “progress” with exercise/fitness/”healthy eating”, but what do they show really? Someone loses weight, we complement – do we know how they accomplished it before saying something? Do we find out if they might be sick or depressed? Say they did “change” their habits, do we know they’re not struggling with an eating disorder?

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These pics show one thing, weight loss… do they really show “WHO” this person is and their character? We complement “you look so great”. What about all the rest of the picture, the hidden pieces? What about their generosity, their passion, their intelligence, their value, their internal beauty, their internal health, their abilities, their compassion, their worth, their hobbies, their supportiveness, their ???

Same with other photos – Why do we use them? What does it tell us about that persons ability to do their job, be a good partner, their knowledge about a specific craft? Do we make decisions based on these pictures? Why or why not?

Do we take the time to complement the person behind the picture, long before any weight loss or change in external appearance? As adults, why don’t we show off pictures of ourselves that show more?

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: Checking Off the Box

November 1, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

When you do an exercise or a workout, does it feel like a task, a box to check off?

How different would it feel if you paid attention to your breath, to the movements, to the muscles you’re actually working? What does it feel like to be aware of your surroundings? Are you with a friend? How does it feel to be present with them?

Next workout, see how it feels to be fully present and focused. Pay attention to each muscle group, how they move and what it feels like to use them. If you’re outside, focus on your surroundings.


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