Posts Tagged ‘scale’

Salvere Blog: What if Scales Didn’t Exist

November 28, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Way back in history, people used the original scales to weight objects out of a necessity IMG_20171121_110536339for various parts of life such as merchants for accuracy in selling their goods. As the scale developed over the past thousands of years, it certainly advanced in technology and accuracy. Today, the scale is used many places and became part of pretty much every household.

With specific conversation surrounding using the scale to weight yourself, what if the scale did not exist? How would it change your relationship with food and what you eat? Would you pay more attention to how you feel instead of what made the scale move? Or would you be kinder to yourself?

IMG_20171126_134844724What about your exercise? What would you do to move your body if your weight had nothing to do with defining “your success”? Are you someone who goes through phases with exercise? Would it change your consistency? Would you pay more attention to your surroundings? Would you pay more attention to the other benefits of moving?

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: The Scale — UGH!

January 26, 2016

by Salvere Health and Fitness

 scale hammer

This little measurement tool seems to haunt us no matter where we go – Dr’s office, tv commercials, radio ads, nutrition discussions, exercise success measurements. Very few people seem to be truly motivated by the scale. Actually, quite often, we see the opposite. Through years and years and countless clients with scale struggles, I sat down and really thought about how we use the scale and what, if anything, we cannot determine via another method other than the scale.

If a diabetic loses a certain percentage of weight, their blood sugar improves – is it the weight loss or the healthier living? Do blood tests show all the info we need?

Losing weight helps decrease the risk of developing certain illness such as high blood pressure and cholesterol – is it the weight loss or added exercise and more nutritious eating? Again, blood tests and blood pressure cuff tells the progress.

What about weight loss that happens through eating packaged, minimally nutritious foods? Great job on weight loss, goal achieved but what about improved health?

What about the person that does not need to lose weight and shows health problems but never exercises and eats poorly? This person needs to make changes but the scale does not show that.

So, here’s my analysis so far on why we use the scale but if we really NEED it or not.
  1. Health Issues – blood tests show this across the board and include everyone
  2. Weight Gain – how your clothes fit tells this story
  3. Exercise Enough – if you’re moving your body most days
  4. Eating Nutritious Foods – write it all down and you can see the full picture
Can you think of anything that we NEED the scale to determine if we’re doing what we need to for our health????

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

8 Reasons the Scale Sucks!

August 21, 2014

The discussion surrounding weight loss goes on constantly.  And we’ve even chatted about it here quite a bit — And it’s continuing to be a hot topic.  How many of you actually enjoy getting on the scale??  How many of you find the doctor announcing that you carry extra weight or your BMI is too high motivating?  We came up with a list of reasons why the scale just flat out sucks —

scale and hammer

1.  When looking at weight loss, we forget to listen to our bodies — with regard to food and exercise selections.

2.  It fails to help develop a lifetime mindset.  We all what to be healthy forever right?

3.  Does skinny = healthy?

4.  It plays mind games with you.  You lose weight, subconscious mind says “oh, I can cheat a little” … You don’t lose or even gain a little, that same little subconscious voice says “oh, forget about it, just eat whatever you want.”

5.  It creates weight loss blinders — what about all the other benefits of exercise such as more energy, decreased blood pressure and all those positive endorphins!

6.  Do all of us fit into the same “healthy weight” categories?

7.  Weight loss goals drive exercise selection — should you be doing jump squats if regular squatting hurts your knees.  Balancing exercise intensity with joint/muscle safety sometimes gets lost when sweat volume is the only indicator of a good workout.

8.  Not all weight loss is create equal.  Say you lose 10 lbs and, oops, it’s 9 lbs of muscle?  We celebrate all weight loss equally as the scale does not tell us where it came from.

We hope these 8 things help you to rethink the relationship you have with your scale!