Posts Tagged ‘injury’

Salvere Blog: Virtual Workouts — How Do I Choose?

November 9, 2020

by Salvere Health and Fitness

As we all continue to navigate finding ways to stay active, respect Covid safety precautions, a changing work schedule and the rest of life, exercise options continue to ebb and flow too. Entering winter may also bring more of you looking for options to move indoors. The world of exercise videos and online workouts provide great variety and ideas for keeping moving.  

With so many options, how do you know what might be the best choice for you? This blog will help you navigate through becoming more intentional with your selection. Prior to anything, think about posture, accidents, injuries, surgeries, genetics and prior experience. In general, movement integrity, safety and appropriateness determine intensity. A few questions for you to answer:  

What am I hoping to accomplish?

Why am I doing each specific exercise?

How does each movement feel?

How much time have I spent practicing form?

How does my body feel during and after? Next day?  

Does the workout help you feel more energetic or less? Does something hurt? Does something feel great? Once you start to be more aware through movements, make adjustments based on what your body tells you.

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email 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: Expectations and Reality

March 19, 2020

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Sometimes people say, don’t have expectations. How realistic does this sound? Ever tried it? As many of us sit home the next few weeks, unexpectedly, maybe it’s about realistic, expectation-vs-realitythoughtful expectations with flexibility.

Expectations come in many different areas – with yourself, with friends, with family, with significant others, with a job and with a daily schedule. Think of a time when you set a goal for yourself and did not “accomplish” it and a time you did. What made each situation different?

With fitness, my mind goes to New Years resolutions. We encourage setting goals of exercise and eating that often start with unrealistic expectations. For example, someone who wants to start working out from scratch, what makes it seem realistic to expect going from not exercising to 5-6x per week immediately. What about the process of recovering from injury or illness? How about setting something more achievable and reasonable? That person sets an unrealistic expectation of themselves and often as professionals we guide these goals without further discussion.

Look at other areas such as relationships as well. How and what creates the expectation of another? Do we expect something from Mom or Dad, cause, well they’re our parents? Do we expect things from our significant other simply because of the role they hold in our lives? Do we expect our job to provide us something unrealistic? How about buying a big house or fancy car, do we expect that to bring us joy?

What if we took a little more time to look deeper at each situation and person as well as ourselves when we set expectations? How could we be more aware and appreciate each situation for what it brings to our lives? How can we better express areas we could use extra support and honor our individual dreams and goals?

Maybe taking a little extra time to investigate a little deeper will help with establishing more realistic expectations of both ourselves and each other? How do we use this to navigate an ever changing environment?

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Progress-ions … The How

August 19, 2019
progression of treesUnderstanding now why progressions matter with regard to your movement plan, how do you begin to utilize them. Before digging in further, remember that progressions differ for everyone and every exercise. You can spend a lifetime working through movement so be sure to take your time and move forward when you feel ready.
Start by investigating the exercises you do regularly. Where do you experience discomfort or like something simply does not feel right when you do the movements? Write these things down and make some notes.
Once you determine the exercises that might need some extra work through assessing how your body feels, start to look at breaking the movements down into smaller pieces. You might need to back up some of the places you already went with the exercises.
For example, if you already tried jump squats but regular squats don’t feel great, temporarily back off of jump squats to practice the pieces of the regular squats to work through the form. It might take 6 months to a year to work through the progressions to get back to jump squats.
The hardest part of how with progressions is determining the pathway to get from the current movement abilities and moving to where you want to be. Helping you navigate the how and what of specific exercise becomes our responsibility as trainers. You can find various places to help you learn through a step by step approach to fitness. Keep in mind, form and mechanics first, intensity second. Next up, the what of progressions — we will break down some specific exercises into what the steps look like.
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Building Your Team

January 28, 2019
team puzzleAs we discussed in our last blog we want to take her deeper look into utilizing various modalities keep your body running in good condition. We like to encourage our clients to develop a team of people to help them maintain optimal movement and advise when something does not feel quite right.
Like your car or your house, you utilize various professionals for different problems. For example, you wouldn’t call the roofer to fix your plumbing. Now, lets take this mindset to our bodies.
First thing to remember you are in charge of your own body. Give feedback and as much information as you can when talking to someone. For instance, provide details on any old injuries, illnesses, accidents, child birth issues, medications, etc. Find people to be on your team that ask for and want to listen to what you tell them. Your feedback provides the road map for us to help uncover what might be the cause.
Second, be sure they’re willing to talk to other people on your team to help you feel your best. Encourage conversations and ask a lot of questions. Expect the same from each and every practitioner! Do they receive your feedback and implement it into their treatment plan? Do they follow up after your initial sessions to get to know more about how your body responds?
Finally, change practitioners if someone does not listen or let you be the one in charge of your body. Do you job and follow thru on the suggestions and if something makes it worse, better or no different, give that feedback. Often we let things go and it takes time to uncover what might be the root cause. It takes time for someone new to learn your body. Don’t wait too long if you see little to no progress. For instance, you may need to go through one or two massage therapists before you find the one that works for you.
Pain does not mean that the problem started there! Start when it’s minor, be patient with the process and do you part outside of your time with the practitioner. Yes, it takes an investment in time and money. Find partners willing to be on the journey with you, in a positive environment.
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email 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: Tendonitis, Bursitis, Fasciitis — Oh My!

June 24, 2015

How many of you experience some sort of hip, knee, foot or back pain? Either randomly or with regularity — Ever heard “oh its tendonitis”, “you have plantar fasciitis”, “must be bursitis”?  Then were you sent away with a brace or some sort of instruction to rest and/or ice?  Or some reason that it’s because of running or exercise?  Did yours disappear only to return months or years later?

Okay, so why all these questions. Lets investigate a little further.  First thing, lets define the -itis part of the word.  Derived from Greek and Latin, when you see ITIS on the end of any word, it simply means there’s inflammation. So many times we get freaked out when we hear this diagnosis.  TendonITIS = inflamed tendon  BursITIS = inflamed bursa sack   tonsilITIS = inflamed tonsils … getting the picture? Often this does not mean anything grandiose — nor should it be ignored. Take a look at what caused the pain to arrive.  Has it been slowly coming on? Were you in an accident? Do you have zero memory of anything specific causing it?

So when an “itis” arrives, you have two different situations going on. Pain and inflammation in the immediate time frame and the cause of the “itis” in the long term. The first thing you want to do it take care of the immediate.  This could mean ice and ibuprofen (or other anti-inflammatory) or something bigger. Also, take advice from a trusted professional trained to address these issues. Often the “itis” causes us to stop all activity. Look into what causes the pain and many times, you can work around it.

Now, the long term. Especially If this issue tends to be recurring for you, take a step back and address the bigger picture. Your answers to the questions above addressing the cause of the pain will help to direct your long term solution(s). This may take a little digging and investigating.  Often times, the cause of pain comes from somewhere far from what is screaming for attention. Take time to work on it and include the exercises into your long term, healthy living plan.  Pain means your body is telling you something is wrong — Listen to it and don’t let it go to long.  It does not have to sideline you if you address the underlying issues.

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

How’s Your Alignment Looking??

August 8, 2014

By Lynne Olsen, Certified Personal Trainer

“ . . . let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.”
– Theodore Roosevelt, 1898

The word, “alignment” means the proper positioning or adjustment of parts in relation to one another (Merriam-Webster, 2014). We get our car tires aligned to keep our vehicles running smoothly and to lengthen the life span of our tires. No one wants to end up stranded or have a bumpy, inefficient ride. Alignment of the human body serves the same purpose. Properly aligning our skeleton means we breathe more easily, move more efficiently, and limit our chances for injury. That is to say, we can lengthen our life span and have a less bumpy, more enjoyable ride.

When it comes to playing sports, working out, or performing any physical activity, we often lose sight of form and alignment. Our focus becomes, scoring the point, pressing 20 lbs. more, achieving the “perfect” yoga pose, or lifting the heavy box . . . and we will do it at all costs; even herniated discs and pulled muscles.
Generally, proper alignment means, “stacking” the head over the spine and the shoulders over the hips, knees and ankles. Here are a few rules to help keep you aligned and running smoothly:

• When sitting in a chair, try to keep your hips and knees at the same level. Maintain a subtle natural inward curve at your low back and sit tall and upright. When standing up from a chair, move your hips forward to the edge of the chair and use your leg muscles to stand.

• When standing, keep your head stacked over your heart and your heart over the center of your pelvis. Draw your shoulder blades gently toward one another. Maintain the natural arch of your low back as you draw your belly button toward your spine. Your feet should point directly ahead with your kneecaps in line with your middle toes.

• Alignment becomes only a little bit more complicated when we add movements such as twisting and bending. The basic principles still apply.

To learn more, or to make sure that you’re moving in proper alignment, find a personal trainer, coach, or yoga instructor that you trust. Proper alignment means that you will lessen your chance for injury, function with less pain, and move with greater strength & ease.