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Salvere Blog: Freshmen — What they Actually Gain

September 12, 2020

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Please, as our developing young adults start their first year of college or some other path after high school, lets challenge ourselves not to talk about gaining weight. As I thought about this time in life, what do we really gain when we leave those high school years behind?

I started a list here, what can you add?


1.    Learning time management

2.    Independence

3.    Navigating peer relationships

4.    A different feeling for home

5.    Money management

6.    A new culture

7.    A sense of self reliance

8.    New opportunities to experience things

9.    Learning to balance play and responsibility

10.  Building relationships

11.  Conflict resolution

12.  Seeking help

13.  Working with others

14.  Freedom

15.  Appreciation


How do we continue to encourage our youth to find their own way to love learning? To be curious and brave enough to say, “I don’t know” … And how can we let those be lessons to us as adults too? Finding the love to learn and encourage curiosity!

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: Virtual World Stretch #4 — Hips!!

August 9, 2020

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Keeping things moving, this blog we will continue with the hips. The hips become impacted greatly with sitting, especially if sitting cross legged. If you experience any pain or had any surgery or injury, follow your personal recommendations.

Start by paying attention to how you sit. Do you cross one leg over the other? Do you notice you sit more on one side then the other? Do you sit with your knees touching but your feet apart? Do you wear a wallet in your back pocket? Do your feet sit flat on the floor? Email us if you want help with specifics and we can work to include it in our series.

The hips really connect your upper body and lower body so paying attention to how they function matters. This week we will address one possible stretch, out of many! You might see it called the figure 4 stretch or a cross leg hip stretch. You can do this seated in your chair or lying on the floor.

Basically, with this stretch you cross one leg/ankle over the knee/thigh of the other leg. The key on this stretch come with not pushing the leg too aggressively and watch how your hips might shift off center if you have tight muscles.

Try this one seated and sit up straight, with your spine neutral. Bend your knee and cross your right leg at the ankle over your left so your right leg is parallel to the floor. Pay attention to how you sit as you go thru the stretch. Do you lean more onto one side? Do you round your shoulders? Focus on keeping them both centered and neutral.

As various parts of your body start to “feel” pay attention. Give them some TLC and you will do wonders for keeping your alignment going in a positive 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.

Salvere Blog: Virtual World Stretch #3 — Doin’ The Twist

July 14, 2020
by Salvere Health and Fitness
Before we move on to stretch #3, did you get a chance to try out any of the others? How’d they feel? Do you find it helps “undo” a little of your computer time posture? Email us if you feel something specific and we can work to include it in our series.
img_seated_spine_stretch2This week, lets address the muscles surrounding your torso, lower back and sides of your trunk. Do you find yourself stiff after sitting for a while? Do you get periodic lower back pain? The muscles surrounding the ribs, spine, shoulders and hips feel unhappy after a day of sitting. Remember the spine is meant to move in all different ways and sometimes keeping it in one position for extended periods of time create tension and stiffness. These next few blogs will focus on a few different exercises to address these areas.
The stretch this week works on trunk or torso rotation. You can perform this seated right in your office chair or seated on the floor.
— from your chair, sit up off the seat back with your knees bent at 90 degrees and feet flat on the floor
— from the floor, sit with your legs straight out in front of you and take your left leg, bend the knee and cross it over your right straight leg
— for both positions, keep your head and chest up and spine neutralmaxresdefault
— be careful not to drop your chin towards your chest
— seated in your chair, keep your knees facing forward and rotate your chest and shoulders towards the right, using your legs as leverage to twist. Hold for 60+ seconds.
— seated on the floor, rotate your torso towards the left leg twisting your spine and using your left leg as leverage. Hold for 60 or more seconds then switch.
Hold your positions for at least 60 seconds, maybe even longer. Your spine and torso will thank you!! When you get into the positions, take time to breathe. Sometimes breathing will feel challenging when stretching the torso. Back off the stretch a little bit and take a few breaths and try to move back into a deeper stretch.
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: Virtual World Stretch #2 — Opening Up

July 4, 2020
by Salvere Health and Fitness
How did it go over the last week? Did you get some time to step away from your computer for a few minutes to give your spine some chill time? I know I definitely had to step away and change my positioning more frequently.
This week, lets address the muscles impacted by that “hunched over the computer” posture. Do you find yourself rounding your shoulders or holding your head forward to look at the computer? To address this from a movement perspective, we need to think about opening up the chest/front of the body muscles while also strengthening the muscles in the back surrounding the shoulder blades. For this blog, we will discuss the opening up piece.
door chest stretch
Find a doorway that you can step through a foot or two (not the basement where the stairs greet you as you open the door!). You will use the door frame to support your arms while you step through the door to stretch your chest.
— stand in the middle of the door way
— place your forearms flat on each side of the door frame with your elbows bent at 90 degrees
— keeping your head and chest up, step through the doorway until you feel a stretch across the chest (you may even feel your shoulder blades squeeze together
— hold this position for at least 30 seconds, practicing your breathing from last blog
— to stretch different parts of chest, move your elbows up the door frame a few inches and down a few inches, hold each position as in first stretch
This takes only a few minutes of your day and can be the best give you give your neck and back all day long!!! Take time for yourself frequently throughout the day to rejuvenate your musculoskeletal system.
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: Back to Basics – Building Your Foundation

April 25, 2020
barefoot on sandIf you wanted to build a house, after the plans and layout decisions, where would you start? With the actual building, the first step begins by laying the foundation. What if the builder used inappropriate material? Or made it uneven or unstable? Or left cracks? At first, things might be okay, for a while. Then you may notice the wall cracks or leaks in the basement, or the floor starts to look uneven.
Okay, now think about our wonderful human bodies. When we look at building something that will last over a long period of time, do we start with the foundation? The foundation of our bodies can be found at our feet. Our feet literally keep us grounded, help us move from here to there, provide cushion and absorb shock every time we take a step.
Using our house analogy, how can we make sure to invest time and resources into building a solid foundation, our feet. To keep this focused on movement, we will put the discussion surrounding shoes off for another conversation. Let’s talk foot fitness …
When’s the last time you walked around barefoot for a significant period of time? Remember as a kid wanting to be barefoot every chance you got?
When’s the last time (not due to injury) you took time to self-massage, roll or stretch your feet?
What better time then now to start to pay more attention to your feet. Take some time to walk around the house with no shoes or slippers or anything on your feet. When you walk, do you push off your toes? Especially the first big toe? Do you roll through the ball of your foot? Do both feet feel the same?
After spending some time without shoes on, take time to roll the bottom of your foot on a golf ball, water bottle or anything else you can find around your house that would work. Apply some pressure. What do you feel? Do you experience more sensation in different spots? Curl your toes as much as you can, like really squeeze them. Then pull your toes back as far as you can. Point and flex your feet, roll them in circles clockwise and counterclockwise. See how all this feels and what feels natural and what feels awkward.
How can you give your feet more attention to make them stronger and function a little better as your foundation? Happy barefoot-ing!!
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.

Salvere Blog: Walking, Is There a “Way” ?

April 21, 2020
barefoot grassHow many of you feel like you walk more these days more then ever? It surely gives a nice escape and some time for fresh air. Any of you noticing different and/or new things about what your joints and muscles say?
Walking may seem like an activity that we all know how to do easily with out thinking. Yes, this can happen — And, often we need to undo some posture funky things developed from sitting, injuries, surgeries and various things over time.
1.    Head, shoulders and chest: Keep your head up and centered between your shoulders. Focus your eyes straight ahead. Keep your shoulders back and down. Your chest should be naturally lifted, as if there were a string attached to the center that gently pulls it upwards.
2.   Arms and hands: Your arms should be bent at 90 degrees. Swing them back and forth — not side to side — and keep them close to your body. Keep your hands loosely cupped as if you are holding a butterfly that you don’t want to escape but you don’t want to crush either.
3.   Abdominals: Pull your belly button gently in toward your spine and tuck your pelvis forward ever so slightly so you feel tall, stable and upright.
4.   Hips, thighs and feet: Power your movements from your hips rather than your thighs, but keep your hips loose and natural. Take long, fast strides that still feel natural rather than awkward. Land gently on your heels and roll smoothly to push off with your toes. Think of planting your heel and then “pushing the ground away from you” as you roll through your foot.
5.   Breathing and heart rate: Your breathing may be loud, but concentrate on keeping it even and steady. Your heart may be pounding or it may not be. Focus on keeping your pace regular and steady. Some days may be faster, some days may be a slower journey.
Let every walk be something different. Take time to explore and observe your surrounding. Take time to pay attention to what your body does while your moving. Enjoy!
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.

Salvere Blog: Conditioning vs Curiosity

February 29, 2020
Let’s investigate conditioning – the mental conditioning, not necessarily the sports/fitness kind of conditioning you think a fitness professional would be writing about.
thinking questions
According to our friend the dictionary, conditioning is defined as “the process of training or accustoming a person or animal to behave in a certain way or to accept certain circumstances.”
How do we become conditioned to think certain things? What contributes to our mental conditioning of how something “should” be or even “could” be? Think about all the places you get messages from throughout the day – social media, television, radio, friends, family … Any others?
A list I started from things I hear throughout the day/week:
Shoes will fix foot “problems”
Running causes bad knees
Diets work
Pain is natural
Weight loss is good
That healthy comes in a certain body size
Muscle soreness means a good workout
Core = Abdominal muscles
Shouldn’t question physical therapist, trainer or doctor
People with larger bodies don’t exercise/people with smaller bodies “are fit”
What things do you hear people accept without asking more questions? What things do you accept in yourself without questioning? How can you create more awareness and space to engage in more inquisitive/curious conversations with yourself and others?
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.

Salvere Blog: The In Between

February 3, 2020
by Salvere Health and Fitness
Think of something that might be all or none, good or bad and right or wrong. With our weight loss obsessed culture, we often talk about actions that come with this all or none feel. What about the time between, in the middle of this or that?
infinity dots spaceLet’s look at a few. Eating something “bad” equates to “falling off the wagon”. Think about sugar, white flour and carbohydrates. At some point, any or all of these became “the enemy” and to be avoided. Don’t eat sugar or, if you do, it will be addicting. How many times over the past several decades has some expert told us to eliminate carbohydrates? How do we start talking more about what happens between NO sugar and being “addicted”?
Now on to exercise. Think back to recommendations over the years. Do 60-90 minutes of exercise daily. Do high intensity to get your heart rate up. Stretch, don’t stretch. What about the days you feel tired or the calendar looks a little full of work, family and friends that day? I hear all the time that I just walked, or I just did 20 minutes so it doesn’t really count. What about that week that’s unusually crazy with things and exercise gets missed?
Maybe instead of thinking it’s all one way or the other, we can start to refrain our thoughts to spend time in the middle, in between this end and that end?
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.

Salvere Blog: Age Specific Exercise?

January 27, 2020
by Salvere Health and Fitness
puzzle piecesEver read anything about exercise specific to certain age groups such as balance for older people or higher intensity for younger? What makes an age equal a certain fitness level or abilities?
For many years, exercise recommendations come with some pretty specific parameters. Do this many minutes a day, do this many repetitions, this many times a week, this many pounds … How do we shift this mindset to make activity specific to the individual and how things feel that day? Why wait until we don’t have something like balance or flexibility or stability to work on it?
What if we started focusing on what needs of each person based on genetics, history, injuries, accidents, likes, dislikes and experience instead of thinking we every person of a certain age group “should” do certain exercises?
Spend some time thinking about what pieces already in your puzzle and what pieces you might want to add to formulate something that feels balanced and achievable to you.
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.

Salvere Blog: Take Time To Reflect, 20 Year Reflections

January 20, 2020
by Salvere Health and Fitness
reflectionsOne of the learnings that I use frequently throughout the past 20 years — Taking time to reflect, especially before making big decisions.
January for many means time for resolutions – Even for some who say they don’t set them, tend to make various changes for January. For as long as I can remember, this time of year came with new promises to diet and/or exercise more, maybe lose weight and other various health “promises”. How many of you still do resolutions? What specific things worked well for you?
One thing to think about with setting food and/or exercise goals, when you look at nature during this time of year, especially in colder areas of the country, it really becomes a time to almost hibernate and spend time resting. January would be the time to do more lower intensity movements like yoga, tai chi, meditation, stretching and hiking. Winter foods even feel heavier for a reason so not the time of year to eat less or eat lighter foods typically found during summer months.
What if, instead of resolutions, we took that time for reflections? Reflecting on the previous year – What went great, what unexpected things happened, what did you accomplish, what did not go as you thought it might, what struggles did you experience, what was your favorite experience, what do you look forward to in the coming year..?
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.