Posts Tagged ‘obesity’

Salvere Blog: It Sounded Good

March 21, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Diets sound good, til they’re over or can’t be sustained. High intensity workouts sound good, until they contribute to injury. Weight loss sounds good, until we realize that it’s come in the form of losing muscle or due to illness. Restricting a food seems good, until it comes with the “I was bad” statement when we eat it again…

I’ve seen
people regularly value and complement external beauty over internal beauty (and only complement once someone lost weight)

I’ve seen people indirectly (with negative out-loud self talk) and directly teach their sons and daughters that they weren’t enough because they weighed too much

I’ve seen my friends injured because a trainer didn’t do their job and teach appropriate, safe progressions
I’ve seen exercise and movement taught for a moment in time instead of for a lifetime
I’ve seen people demoralized and deflated because “they were bad” with their food choice
I’ve seen people do unsafe things to their bodies because they don’t appreciate what they can do
I’ve watched people seek value in a number on the scale instead of seeing their internal gifts
I’ve seen and felt people who don’t feel good enough about themselves because they don’t fit a certain size

I’ve worked in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years and, sadly, in recent times, these things are getting worse. Eating disorders increased, obesity not decreasing, depression among both older and younger people on the rise as are back problems, joint issues and preventable health problems.

We made it our mission to move the needle on these issues in the other direction!

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.

In health,
Your “Live Healthy” Team

Salvere Blog: Your Mattress

March 15, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

If you frequent our blog, you know I spend quite a bit of time in the car and, consequently, hear a ton of radio advertisements. I may listen to these a little differently then most people as I’m constantly listening to h ear what kind of messages companies send regarding weight, obesity, definitions of beauty, eating or exercise. Oh, and, they come up way more often then you think.

So, the other day, I hear something about not losing weight with diet and exercise? Because it could be your mattress causing you to gain weight. It shocked me as I thought how crazy that now mattress companies use the obsession with weight loss to their advantage in selling their product.

Weight loss is everywhere yet we still struggle as a society… Maybe if we stopped putting so much hyperfocus, energy, attention, obsession into this weight thing, we could all be more free to create our own beautiful sense of ourselves?

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.

In health,
Your “Live Healthy” Team

Salvere Blog: The Anti-Anti Obesity Campaign?

April 6, 2016

by Salvere Health and Fitness

1990-2010 obesity maps us
Do our Anti-Obesity Discussions Contribute to Obesity? So check out the above maps… Zoom in on the first one – All kinds of blue and farily equal throughout the country, aside from the three white areas with no reporting. Check out the last map – Lots of red and pink only one blue and a few purples. How many categories disappear off the map from 1991-2010?? Realize that these are obesity trends – not obesity and overweight.
Okay, okay so without presenting doom and gloom, lets use these maps to show the reality of what happened in our country over the last 20 years (a relatively short time!). This happened during a time when just about every place you went and much advertising focused on “healthy” eating, dieting, the importance of losing weight, being more active, etc. – How we need to FIGHT THIS WAR on obesity.
I point this out because we spend billions and billions money on research, diet “things”, media “promotion” and provide countless resources yet our obesity numbers continue to grow. What happened to make these numbers change in the opposite direction of what we wanted?Our efforts focused quite a bit on education but, seriously, how much more information can we hear on the importance of “losing weight”? And how many of us can continue to feel like we work so hard yet don’t see “results” on the scale?

How can we begin to create a fun, motivating, encouraging community of living healthy, emotionally and physically, and feel good about our efforts with regard to physical activity and nutritious eating? Anyone else ready to take a sledge hammer to that scale, forget the horrible discussions about weight loss and join us on the PRO Fun, Rewarding, Exciting, Eat Real Food Healthy Living campaign??

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

Salvere Blog: At War and Fighting

January 12, 2016

by Salvere Health and Fitness

At war. Fighting.

These day it seems every time we want to change something it becomes a “war”. The war on drugs, terror, diabetes, obesity, crime, guns, poverty, hunger, homelessness, cancer, tobacco companies, etc. Listening to the radio quite a bit throughout the day (commercials and talk radio) with an intentional ear shows how often we say we are “at war” or “fighting” something. We’ve become “ANTI” to quite a few things in our world.

Fighting and War bring with it some pretty tough emotions and feelings —

What if, instead of fighting or starting a war, we started talking about what we want to see… We became PRO Health instead of ANTI Obesity? Just a thought

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

We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: “I Never Really Thought About It”

September 16, 2015
by Salvere Health and Fitness
Ever find yourself saying this or hearing it from someone else with something that seems kinda important?  (like why we say eleven and not one-teen!, just kidding!)  It’s something that i’ve heard a few times over the last few weeks about things that really make an impact on us as individuals and as a society.  Really, with regard to things that seem great on the surface then when you really dig deeper, maybe not so much.  Here are a few examples:
The Anti – Obesity Campaign:  Sounds great, right?  We “should” all be skinnier.  Listen closely to commercials — Pills to kill your hunger craving.  Do we really want to “kill our hunger”??  Diet pills approved by the FDA that will help you lose weight but cause oily discharge so you better carry around extra clothing.  Does this seem good?  How many of you know someone who is “skinny” yet takes medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol?  How does what you look like on the outside impact how you feel about yourself on the inside?
Who’s clear on the “right” foods to eat or way to exercise?  Who punishes themselves for eating “bad” foods or not exercising hard enough?  Who feels bad about themselves for external appearance more often then they feel good about themselves for another accomplishment?  What about anxiety depression and eating disorders?? Eating disorders are on the rise and our health is on the decline — Is the Anti-Obesity Campaign really that great??  What if we changed it to the Pro-Health Campaign??
The Media says _____ :  Okay, with regard to images, we’ve all read and heard enough about the airbrushing so we won’t do anything there. What about other things though. For instance, Shape Magazine sponsors and event called the DivaDash.  Show of hands, how many of you women would consider being called a Diva a compliment?? And even some of the other images of beauty vs sex and how we talk to and about other women. Using the words hate, idiot and stupid to refer to other people who might think and feel differently about a situation. Ever read something where someone you knew well used one of those words about something you were passionate about? This does not mean change the thinking, but maybe changing the presentation??
Sometimes taking a few extra minutes to ask more questions or look at things differently can greatly impact the outcome!!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Breaking Down BMI – Part II

January 29, 2014

Going back to BMI — I know I know, do we have to??  Lets get through part two then we don’t ever have to chat about it again – Unless you bring it up and want some more info!  When we left off two weeks ago, we were chatting about the limitations of BMI or why we need some other tool or measurement.

Since the BMI calculation uses your height and weight, your measurement for success greatly limits itself (unless you can grow a few inches) to simply changing your weight.  Now we think it sounds more sophisticated then just weight itself and it is, a little.  BMI becomes very useful especially when looking at children and their development, since they do grow up (in height that is!).  Since obesity is such a hot topic around this country, even sadly with the younger people in our worlds.  Because weight and emotion can become so intertwined, the best thing to encourage with this population is maintaining weight as they grow in height.  This causes the BMI to decrease even though their weight never changed.  In these situations, the best course of action does not encourage weight loss, which can be emotionally damaging and often not healthy in the bigger picture.

BMI varies greatly when looking at adults.  First, it does not measure an improvement in body composition.  Some individuals get labeled as overweight or obese because of a high amount of muscle.  The muscle increases their weight therefore causing the unhealthy BMI.  Second, the continued hyperfocus on weight loss and BMI does not take into consideration health on any level.  Plenty of people carry extra weight yet maintain perfect health and vice versa — plenty of people show the perfect weight yet take enough medication to open a small pharmacy.

Bottom line, if we all took the opportunity to develop health and let our bodies respond accordingly, we’d change our society!