Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

Salvere Blog: Massage — Spa Day Treat or Regular Gift?

April 29, 2019
craniosacralOh the wonders of a massage and muscle work!  Is massage one of those things you save as a reward for yourself? Do you find that back, hip and/or knee pain annoying?? Do you include a Tylenol, Aleve or Ibuprofen as part of your daily “vitamin” regimen?
News flash: Pain is a sign your body feels a little unhappy. You hear massage helps, but still feel a little leery or unsure?
Lets get into more detail so you better understand what to expect.
Massage uses various techniques to address your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. You might see various massage types such as Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, trigger point massage or myofascial release. Typically, you undress to what you feel comfortable and cover with a sheet while laying on the massage table. In a seated chair massage, the therapist typically works on your neck, shoulders and back.
How do you know what type of massage works for you and if it’s right for you? Find a therapist through your network and call them. Ask questions and fill them in on what you want to gain from massage therapy. Express any concerns and health issues. The therapist can help you learn what technique would be appropriate for you to start.
Following find some lesser known benefits of massage:
– decrease anxiety
– improve circulation
– fibromyalgia/headaches
– decrease stress
– aid digestion
– TMJ pain
 If so, hop up off that couch, get rid of those aches and pains and feel 10 years younger (and have a great excuse to get regular massage!) by giving your muscles a little regular TLC!!
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.
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Salvere Blog: 20 Years and TONS of Learnings

March 20, 2019
by Salvere Health and Fitness
20 years down
Wow, 2019 starts the 20th year of the personal training business adventure. Thinking back to all the years, clients, connections with other professionals and various opportunities gave me a chance to reflect on how each of these brought loads of learning experiences!!
This week, I wanted to share the ones that stand out the most with all of you. As I read the list, I realized that these can apply to any of lifes journeys. Here it goes:
— Sometimes things find you, it’s okay to go with it!
— If it ain’t broke, break it (goes against the lessons all those other years)
— Stay true to yourself, especially when the world challenges you
— People are more then a simple transaction
— It’s okay to say “I don’t know”
— Surrounding yourself with others helps you grow and learn
— Think and exist outside the box
— Take time for yourself
— Continuously reflect
— Be willing to veer off the expected path
— Be patient
— Trust (and even appreciate!) the journey
Over the year, we will expand on a few of these in future blog posts! Thank you all for your support, encouragement, feedback and energy over the years. Looking forward to 20+ 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: Why Wait

January 22, 2019
Everyday as Americans we sit,we drive, we watch TV, we get on our phones or computers for hours and hours a day. When it comes to taking care of our house or car we make sure we maintain our hot water heaters, HVAC systems, our tires and get regular oil changes.
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We invest in these maintenance things so we create the best environment for them so they last as long as possible and as efficiently as possible. Why do we wait when it comes to our bodies?
Something whispers in that “it kinda feels a little” — so we wait, convincing ourselves it will go away. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. Or it goes away, only to come back in 6 months, a year later and instead of whispering, it’s talking a little louder. And then, the next time it visits, it’s kinda screaming — It usually takes a loud talk or yell before it gets addressed.
How do we start to invest in our bodies, our human machines (we only get one!) the way we do our house or car? Its hard to know what to do, who to see, where to ask, how long to expect, what happened to begin with, how to fit it into a busy schedule, how to afford it… In our next series of blogs, we want to introduce you to some lesser used techniques and modalities to help our bodies maintain a healthy musculoskeletal system.
If you want to know more about something you heard of, please drop us an email and we will include it in our series… After all, if you wonder, pretty good chances someone else wonders too!!
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: Can We Change the Conversation?

December 3, 2018
inner-beauty-jgwWe started talking about how and what we say throughout our blogs, in various ways. Before we go any further, I wanted to go more into “why” its important to change how we discuss dieting and exercise.
How many of you think about exercise in terms of weight loss and/or external appearance, dieting to be healthy, workouts should be hard, good and bad foods and/or that there’s a “right” way to exercise?
How would it feel if we talked about moving our bodies in terms of feeling better, more energetic and less stiff? Or in terms of our abilities? Or how it creates an environment to build a community, feel connected and get to know your friends and neighbors better?
How would your kids feel if we took time to be outdoors, enjoying each other company, hiking, biking or wandering? How would it feel if you enjoyed that glass of wine or cake without feeling bad about it later? Of if we took time to talk about and appreciate our inside gifts, what make us unique? What if we talked more about appreciating what taking care of our bodies enables us to do?
How can you begin to expand and change your mindset with the ideas and concepts surrounding exercise and food? What can you do to change how you talk to yourself, friends and children? Take time to “see” and say to people you know and even strangers!
YOU MATTER!!!
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 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

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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.