Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

Salvere Blog: What We Really Lost From Dieting

November 12, 2018
by Salvere Health and Fitness
Through our dieting culture, we lost quite a bit… and not quite a bit of weight but quite a bit about the realities of food and exercise. By hyper focusing on weight loss, we missed all these things (and more):
  • Eating fat and carbohydrates are good for you
  • Its okay to enjoy food
  • Complementing things about a person beyond appearance matters
  • Real food matters
  • There’s way more to movement then simply checking the box of exercise
  • Movement matters to all, regardless of size
  • Skinny does not equal healthy
  • External appearance means very little
  • Losing weight does not automatically mean something “good”
  • Self worth extends far beyond anything the scale can tell
  • Food fuels your body
  • Appropriate exercise matters way more then the intensity of an exercise
  • Exercise includes so many more things, far beyond going to the gym
  • Dance, play and enjoy life — It matters most
We want to work to change the conversations surrounding weight loss. How can you look beyond the media messages in your own life and with others?
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: Hoping One Day to “Arrive”?

August 20, 2018

by Salvere Health and Fitness

journey-road

How often do you look at something in your life and think, one day, I’ll finally arrive? Could be regarding your marriage, friendships, family, your health, fitness, etc.

Let’s dig deeper into the fitness and exercise piece of this. How many times have you started exercising or changed your eating habits with the thought of “once I lose this weight…” or “I’ll do this for the next 6 weeks then…” or “once I decrease my cholesterol…” or

While we see victories and pit stops all along the way, arrival never really happens. We may stay with one particular think for months or even years and then at some point, we move on. Look at movement as it changes constantly throughout a lifetime. As a child, we run and play outside then possibly translate that into an organized sport, dance or other activity.

Once we move on to adulting and work, our bodies experience something different. Maybe we outgrow the opportunities, maybe an injury sets in causing us to stop playing, maybe we take up running for a while, maybe we switch to yoga, maybe then we combine different things, maybe we need physical therapy, maybe …

Things happen throughout life. How would your perspective on things change if we told ourselves to expect something (even though you might not know exactly what)? Your movement program changes as your life does… How can you create the space to allow this to happen?

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: Having Challenging Conversations

July 30, 2018
See how long you can go without either talking about or hearing someone talk about weight, losing weight, weight loss, being skinny, being heavy and/or eating “bad” foods. Reply with the longest amount of time you experienced!!!
What’s the big deal with this you might ask? Well, maybe nothing, maybe a whole lot, maybe somewhere in between. I talk a lot with friends and clients regarding these various topics and more often then not, they say how uncomfortable these conversations make them. (FYI this comes from people of all body sizes) Maybe because they tried to lose weight and didn’t, lost weight and gained it back or struggled after a health issue.
A few topics: going for weight loss surgery, not eating to lose weight, being heavy hurts knees/back, etc, so lucky to be skinny or not need to worry about weight, questions why exercise when thin, doing a shake or something extreme to lose weight.
What if you find yourself in a conversation that feels uncomfortable regarding weight or dieting, what do you do? Well, you could say something simple along the lines of “this conversation feels uncomfortable, can we change the topic?” Or you can expand on why it feels that way to you.
What if you find yourself being the one that brings it up and find out the other person doesn’t want to talk about it? Listen to the other person and respect what they feel. Complimenting weight loss feels like a great thing and sometimes it’s not.
Instead of immediately complimenting someones external body, find a way to ask a question first about what’s been going on. You might find out they’ve been sick or depressed or not eating. Notice something else like they seem to have more energy, notice their positive outlook or improved posture.
As a trainer, when we sit down and drink a beer together, it’s okay to simply enjoy the chicken wings with me! No need to justify or explain how it’s your cheat day or you’ll get back on track tomorrow or… Let’s change the conversations!!!
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 ReInvent?

July 23, 2018
Sitting in jury duty a few days ago, I struck up a conversation with someone sitting next to me regarding a book she was reading. Through our chatting, being curious as an adult and continuous seeking/learning throughout life came up a few times. It got me thinking, how often do you reinvent things in your life? How many times do you challenge yourself as to why you do something? It could be work, exercise, eating, friends, religion, etc.
Let’s examine this with fitness/healthy eating (cause it’s what we do!). How often do you reinvent how you move your body because either you examined your why or something happened you didn’t plan for such as an illness or injury? How does the discussion of “recommendations” impact your thoughts on what you “should be doing” and prevent you from reinventing your movement activities? How often do you choose a “way to eat” because of some “new diet that works”?
What if we talked more about regularly reinventing things in life? Would that make you feel more comfortable about changing things, letting them ebb and flow with life a little 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: Halfway There

July 14, 2018
by Salvere Health and Fitness
July marks halfway through the year. Did you set resolutions this year? Or maybe intentions or ideas for growth? If you didn’t, What stopped you? If you did, what motivated you?
Sitting here in the month of July take a little time to look back on the year. Think through what’s happened, different things you’ve done, things that happened that you didn’t plan for, any changes in your life and things you’ve accomplished. Where are you seeing growth? Where have you seen a few things that you might want to investigate how to do them differently in the future?
Reflecting back on the year-to-date, what intentions, goals, ideas do you see yourself accomplishing in the second half the 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: Cheating and Girl PushUps

June 25, 2018
by Salvere Health and Fitness
Continuing the journey of investigating how we say things and what we reference with regard to moving our bodies. Through many years of training sessions, I hear how often the choice of words impacts how a client feels about their ability to do something or their expectation of what they “should” be able to do. The words cheating and “girl” pushups (or some other reference to the “girl kind”) find their way into our fitness vocabulary quite often.
Okay, so cheating. When you hear the word cheating what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Looking up the definition of cheating it’s something dishonest or unfair and normally done intentionally. When I hear it during workout sessions it’s usually with regard to something form related. What if instead of saying “oh was I cheating?” or even “I was cheating.” We say something along the lines of “oh I wasn’t using full range of motion” or “wow, I learned something new I didn’t know that was what it was supposed to feel like.”
What about acknowledging the challenge with movement and learning something new? Like other things, remember the practice piece. As your teacher, we can help you understand the weeks and months it takes to get a challenging movement to feel comfortable. With certain movements, it takes time for your body to unlearn sitting posture or something else in order to change the form.
And now moving into the girl push-ups comment. I’ll even extend this to saying run like a girl or throw like a girl. And you hear these terms do you think it’s a positive statement or a compliment? Historically this statement does not imply something complimentary. How about instead of using the term girl push-up we call them modified? How about being proud of whatever version challenges you?
The more time I spend with clients, the more I learn how much what we say to ourselves (either in our heads or outloud) makes a difference. I see many people start an exercise program and feel bad because they can’t do something without thinking about the fact that they never did that particular thing before. Instead of minimizing or diminishing based on what we “can’t do” or feel like we “should” be able to do, how can we change these conversations? How as professionals in the industry can we help change this?”
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 Your “Extra”?

June 4, 2018
by Salvere Health and Fitness
When you think of the extras or bonuses from exercise what comes to mind first? When you think of the one or two main reasons you want to exercise what comes to mind?

Did you think of better sleep, stress reduction or health as a bonus and weight loss or external appearance as the main reason? Or something that was the opposite? Weight loss a “bonus” and the other things as your main “why”.

It got me wondering how many people see external appearance as a main reason to work out and all the other things as extras or a bonus. I’ve actually overheard people say, “but why do you go to the gym, you don’t need to lose weight.”

Expanding on that, what if we switched our thought process to focusing on the many reasons and benefits of moving our bodies that have nothing to do with our outsides? How would it change our perspective towards exercise, fitness and movement? How would it change our conversations with each other? How would it change our internal dialogue about ourselves?
Thoughts?
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’s Okay

May 27, 2018
 

Do you every read or hear things in the news, on social media or TV and feel overwhelmed, unsure or overwhelmed? Anyone it feel like you hear so many things on a daily basis that you “should” but don’t really “want” to do?

I read a quote recently about the importance of cherishing the ordinary, the simple things and thought, how often do we encourage that and simply say (internally or out loud) that whatever it is —
It’s Okay….

— It’s okay … to be and do and discover what things in life matter to you
— It’s okay … to sit on the couch on a Saturday and watch TV, read a book or listen to the rain
— It’s okay … to enjoy chicken wings and a beer on Tuesday night with a favorite person
— It’s okay … to have time during the week or weekend with an empty calendar
— It’s okay … to feel sad for whatever happened
— It’s okay … to feel happy for an accomplishment
— It’s okay … to eat ice cream and enjoy every single bite
— It’s okay …

What can you tell  yourself “It’s okay … ” about 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: PASTA!!!

April 16, 2018

by Salvere Health and Fitness

impastaSo, did you hear the most recent news surrounding pasta? Well, “new studies show it just might not be bad for you”. If you want to read up, click here for one of the articles.

Okay, who’s had enough of this good/bad back and forth with foods, exercise and anything else of the sort with regard to your health and wellbeing?? Low fat, high fat, low carb. Don’t eat eggs, eat eggs. Exercise 60-90 minutes a day. Long slow moderate, short and vigorous. Do aerobics. Do strength training. Stretch. Don’t stretch.

It happens constantly with all the information and constant searching for answers. How can we take all the massive amount of info we receive on a daily basis, sift through it and figure out what that means for each of us on an individual level?

Remember, the you know you best — listen to your body and pay attention to how you feel when you do certain things. No diet is magical and you will spend the rest of your life on movement, allow it to ebb and flow as life changes.

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: Womens Gym

March 20, 2018

Do you go to a gym or fitness center that reserves space for women to workout without men? A few weeks ago, I visited one of the bigger gyms in the area and I saw this “weight rack” upon entering the womens gym to lift weights.

Look closely. You will notice the availability of weights less then 5lbs as well quite a bit of mismatched equipment. Now this fitness center boasts a big share of the Baltimore area gym memberships.
Several things about this — Women, how many of you lift small children? Do they weigh more then 5lbs? Okay, if you don’t, do you use a purse, carry groceries or other bags into your home?
When it comes to what message this sends — Women, you possess a strength far greater then you often give yourself credit. You are worth investing in and it matters. Unless you need to recover from an injury in which case you need those weights, advocate for more then this for your dedicated space.

You’re worth it and you matter, just as much as everyone else!

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.