Posts Tagged ‘salvere health and fitness’

Salvere Blog: Kale, Really?

October 28, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Okay, kale, the super food. Do you really pack that much nutrition into a serving? Or is this another one of those nutrition fads?

First thing, if you feel like the thought of eating kale makes you gag, you can stop reading here – It’s apparently not super for you. But, seriously, kale comes in high on the nutrient content scale. However, if you don’t like it and tried it in several different forms (egg casserole, soup, smoothies, sautéed, salad, etc.), it’s okay.

In case you wondered, this breakdown details Kale’s potential:

Kale-recipe-facts

The same goes for any other food claiming to be miraculous. Remember Acai berries, Goji berries and chia seeds – we frequently make this statement about certain foods.

If you don’t like them and they completely turn you off, look at what they contain and find other alternatives. Sure they might not contain the same nutrients but can be close. And, if you don’t eat a food at all, it really doesn’t matter the nutritional value – because you get zero nutrients of what you don’t eat!

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.

In health,
Your “Live Healthy” Team
Salvere Health and Fitness

Salvere Blog: Thinking About a 5K Event

October 25, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Never run an event but kinda sorta think you might want to? Ever make the claim “I’m not a runner” or “I’m not good at it.”

runners beginner

Well, anyone can do these events. A few tips if it’s your first time —

First, pick one that feels community oriented and focuses on the event where there might be walkers too.

Second, the biggest part of these events starts with the training — the journey. Start a program, 3x per week works great. Stay consistent. Find fun new places to explore, using your feet! Go to DC, Baltimore or Annapolis. Find a new park or trail. Take a friend.

Third, don’t worry about your time. Focus on making it through the event and feeling good.

This is a process, build your base and take it one step at a time. Often with running, things move too fast. We don’t encourage and take time to build a base, practice form and get into the routine. Stay the journey, make it fun and pick your head up to look around.

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.

In health,
Your “Live Healthy” Team
Salvere Health and Fitness

Salvere Blog: One Potato, Two Potato

October 21, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

White potato, sweet potato….

Listening to the radio the other day, a conversation started about the potato and the discussion extended into the health status of the regular potato. Being a curious person, I decided to dig a little deeper into the comparison between various potatoes and the nutrition specifics.

Before going any further, note your initial reaction to what you think about eating potatoes, the white kind.

Okay, now here’s an interesting pie chart for potato consumption in the US, taken from the National Potato Council (who knew this even existed?!)

And, look at the nutritional info for the basic potato, both white and sweet. What do you think now?
So, in the top chart, we see that only 25% of all potato consumption comes in the form of a potato – Then look at the fries and chips? And think about what do you usually put on top of your regular, white potato vs your sweet potato?

In the bottom table, both the sweet potato and the white potato come with their own important values and nutrients. The white potato actually contains more B vitamins and some of your electrolytes – Never thought of a potato as beneficial to rehydrating did ya??

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.

In health,
Your “Live Healthy” Team

Salvere Blog: Sports, Music and Your Workout

October 18, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Now, you might be thinking how do the first two things really matter when it comes to exercise?

Ask yourself, if you want to learn a sport, how does it work? Think through the process. Do you walk up and just magically start hitting home runs or become an efficient free throw shooter? Where do you start?

So, you want to play an instrument. Again, where do you start? Do you pick up the violin and play a symphony? Or the guitar or piano or trumpet?

Among other things, we know to be good it requires lots of work, repetitive work. The biggest difference, the first two we encourage and teach about practice and taking things one step at a time. Not advancing to something new until we learn the basics.

With exercise, we often forget to teach and spend time on the process, the learning and mastering the basics. We focus so much on weight loss and rush going through the motions of “high intensity” or “hard” exercises without thought on taking it one step at a time. For example, doing jump squats before mastering a quality squat (without your knees, back and/or hips hurting) or doing mountain climbers when someone can’t hold a quality plank.

We miss the opportunity to experience the journey — Ever find you get bored after a certain period of time with your workouts??

Pay attention to your next workout — do the exercises match your experience and learning so far or did you start a few steps away from the basics? We talk about Yoga as a practice, why don’t we do the same with fitness?

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.

In health,
Your “Live Healthy” Team

Salvere Blog: The Diet that “Worked”

October 4, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Who’s heard or said — “That diet worked.”
What exactly does this mean?
Worked???  hmmmmmmm
Worked for What?
for Why?
How?
We say it worked — but what did it really do?

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: Frustrated and Confused About Dieting and Exercise

August 30, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Do you feel frustrated with what to do and/or follow with your fitness? Are you confused by the numerous diet books, suggestions, articles, TV shows, documentaries, stories, etc?

One suggestion, stop reading and watching and start listening. Think, what new information will I learn from this? Does it even matter once you ask yourself what am I willing to actually change in my own life? What will I gain from this information?

Listen to your body, listen to how you feel after eating something. Listen to how you sleep after you exercise, listen to how you feel after a walk. How about after you do some stretching and movement? Does your back feel better? Your legs?

Does your arthritis flare up after a day of eating sweets and/or lots of processed foods? Try not eating them and see if it changes? Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t.

Do you feel bloated after eating salty foods such as stir fry or fried chicken?

Start paying attention to your own world and then you know what to expect.

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:

August 22, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Spending time in various “spaces”, challenged me to think about community, how we define it and what makes it important. Taking time to reflect, I thought of how many different places we all become part of a community — where we live, family, friends, work, school, sports teams, volunteering, running/biking and such, church, clubs, etc.

As I thought through my own experiences of community, I realized all the amazing opportunities we have to challenge perspective and learn things from others experiences and stories.

— Through volunteering in the city, I learned that dirt bikes riding city streets is not just a bunch of people trying to cause trouble … I learned this was one time where various neighborhoods actually came together. This could be used as an opportunity to either build on that to work together in other areas or be upset because it “seems” like trouble.

— Through my career, I learned that everyone has a story and the tremendous power and value in taking time to listen. The more we share, the more we want to share and it builds trust in each other. Honest, caring space allows all of us to grow and heal.

— From friends, I learned that people genuinely want to help and there’s great power in doing things together.

— In family, I learned that things aren’t always what they seem and the value in working through the tough stuff, that’s where relationships really become stronger.

— By riding around different cities both by car and bike, street artists possess an amazing amount of talent. This can be viewed as destructive or add to the beauty of a city. I choose to find the beauty and uniqueness in each piece.

— With running and biking, I learned that through physical activity I could build some of the best, most honest and supportive relationships. It extends far beyond winning or losing or looking “better”.

What and where do you see community impacting your own life??
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: Perfect … Is it Possible?

August 8, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

In continuing to think about words, what they really mean and how we use them, this blog looks into the usage of “perfect”. We’ve already discussed can’t, trying, should, etc. How often do we use the word perfect and when and what context – For starters, let’s look up the exact definition.


Perfect (adjective): having all the required or desirable elements, qualities or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be
Perfect (verb): to make completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such a condition as possible.

After reading these, I thought about how much we expect from ourselves, others, actions, situations and things. Perfect squat, perfect mate, perfect family, perfect job, perfect vacation, etc.

Pam (one of our other Salvere trainers) and I got into chatting about the importance of words so I brought up this blog post and, her response was – “It’s and imperfect definition.” I thought, that’s interesting – The definition of perfect is imperfect.

Maybe, we’re all perfectly who we are supposed to be — And, maybe, just maybe, we can investigate when we use this word and if it indeed impacts our feelings towards something or someone.

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: Weight Loss vs Healthy Living

July 25, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

You might be asking yourself why weight loss vs healthy living not weight loss is healthy living. Weight loss or “skinny” does not automatically mean healthy. Lets think about a few things with regard to weight loss.

How many of you have ever lost weight and then gained it back? Or felt like you went out and ate one meal then gained 2lbs over night? Can this really happen?

How many of you “scold yourself” because you made “bad” choices with one of your meals or missed a workout? How many of you know someone who, in an effort to decrease their risk of diabetes switch to using artificial sweetener? How many of you know someone who lost weight by either not eating or eating little or choosing mostly unhealthy foods?

How many of you know someone who is “skinny” but still has heart problems or some other health issue? How many of you know someone who exercises through an injury only to make it worse?

Now, I want to challenge you to define your own healthy WITHOUT using weight, external appearance or how your clothes fit. Think both mentally and physically — more energy, better sleep, more awareness, increased mood, decreasing blood pressure, etc.
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: Drumroll For…. The Foot Finale

June 27, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Thanks for reading and being interested in this series on the foot. We did this process for several reasons. First, our goal is to teach and educate so that each of you can make the best decision on your specific situation and maybe even begin to feel comfortable asking more questions.

With the foot, true healing takes time and the understanding of where and why a tendonitis or fasciitis might occur. We wanted to take time in explaining what really goes on.

Step by step and a little patience creates an environment where we can truly get to the bottom of the cause of these issues. Icing, a cortisone shot or surgery only temporarily helps. Any of you experience these issues coming back over time??

So, here’s a picture of what your foot looks like in a heeled shoe. Now, the height of the heel matters as it adds stress the higher you get but any heel puts the foot in a less then optimal position, even men’s dress shoes!

In a shoe with a raised heel, the foot bones shift off where they really want to be to function properly causing the ball of the foot to take most of the stress and pressure. This impacts joints, tendons (the Achilles big time) and muscles all the way up to the hip and lower back. Think about this, how does your body stand up straight differently in a high heel vs barefoot?

We essentially created an environment where, over time, the calf muscles get shortened and learn to stay in a tight position. The can cause problems when we switch to a flat shoe. The muscles then battle between being short and tight and long and flexible. Over time, they get frustrated with this battle and begin to cause problems.

Okay okay, now what can you do about this! Well, the true answer is I can’t offer specifics without knowing your individual, unique situation. Do the ice and stuff that makes it feel better in the short term. If you suffer with one of these ailments, freeze a partially filled water bottle and use that to ice the foot.

Some things that we commonly work into a program include stretching the calves, creating more ankle mobility by performing foot circles, point and flex the foot. Also, while standing and practice lifting your toes (since your heels spend all day lifted in a shoe!) and walk around the room on your heels keeping your toes up off the ground. Even check out some foam rolling ideas to release some tightness in the calf area.

This provides a few generic suggestions. To really get to the bottom of your specific situation, please consult a professional. You may need to add some hamstring work, low back stretching and abdominal strengthening as well. Remember, take the time to do the recovery and if you continue to wear heels, you need to continue to do the work to remind those muscles of how you really want them to work.

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.

In health,
Your “Live Healthy” Team