Posts Tagged ‘stretching’

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 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: Our Virtual World, A Blessing and A Curse

July 1, 2020
by Salvere Health and Fitness
breathe quotesHow many of you spent more time in front of your computer over the last 3 months then you can last remember? Amazing how much going different places or being in an office provides us with opportunities throughout the day to get up and shift our bodies. I hear from many people about how much they didn’t realize they moved throughout the day until the Covid 19 stay at home settled in.
In our next series of blogs, we will break down some specific stretches and movements you can do for that stiff neck, back, legs and hips. First, we want to give you some generic tips to go against the posture created from using Zoom, Google, WebX and any of the other virtual platforms.
By the nature of being “live” virtually, sitting position often gets thrown off a little. Some set ups cause a bit of constant looking down, others sitting in a slightly twisted, leaning or rotated position and some other non optimal positioning. First, see if you can adjust your set up or even find two different options so you can change things up.
In general, our bodies don’t want to be sitting so set reminders to get up at least 1-2x before lunch and same after. If you can move some things to phone calls to give yourself the opportunity to at least stand up or sit differently to relieve some neck/shoulder tension. Take time to straighten your legs and so some light rotation for your torso muscles. Remember to pause and take a few minutes to focus on deep breathing.
It feels as though the last few weeks I see and hear more impacts of the hours at home on the computer. The virtual platforms provide us a great way to stay connected so lets see how we can navigate through the physical impact a little better too! If you experience something specific, please reach out to us!
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: Virtual World “Stretch” #1

June 27, 2020
So back to this virtual world set up many of us find ourselves navigating. Think through your set up and how you sit and/or stand. How does your body spend most of your work and/or school hours? Do you notice anything in particular feels tight/stiff or achy?
Our first in this series of stretches/movements we encourage taking time 2-3x throughout your day to simply lay flat on your back for at least 5 minutes. Use a timer or alarm for this and place your phone away from you. This position allows your spine to take a rest from gravity without any pushing or pulling at anything. Plus, this allows time to also give your brain time to process things and take a few deep breaths.
lying with knees bent
For the positioning, find a comfortable place to lay flat on your back. If it feels uncomfortable, feel free to place a small pillow under your head. Start with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor or your legs up on a couch or chair so your knees and hips are bent at about 90 degrees.
For the breathing, from your lying position, take time to focus on your breath. Place one hand on your belly and one on your chest. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Work to get your breath to touch the deep part of your lungs near the hand on your belly. Exhale through your mouth. Do this 10-20 times as it may make you feel slightly lightheaded if this practice is new for you.
If you feel comfortable with your knees bent, take a few minutes to straighten your legs and relax from there. If if feels in your lower back, try it to see if it relaxes. If not, bend your knees again and finish there.
Remember, take time to give your body the gift of some TLC — We all feel this and will make it through together! Again, please reach out if you need or experience something specific.
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: 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 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: Ahh — Stretch for that Aching Back

June 2, 2015

Last month, we discussed the correlation between tight hips and low back pain. Specifically, we looked at how tight hip flexors can exert a forward tug on the pelvis which causes a similar pull on the low back, and voila, back pain. Image your pelvis is like a cereal bowl full of milk and cereal.  Optimally, we want everything to stay in the bowl by keeping it level.  Tight hip flexors could cause the milk and cereal to spill out the front by tipping the bowl forward.

For those of you who enjoy a visual of the actual muscles involved:

Hip-Flexor diagram

In the weeks to come, we’ll offer a few quick and easy exercises you can do to alleviate and prevent low back pain caused from tight hip muscles. The first exercise can be done before you even get out of bed in the morning!

Place a firm blanket or pillow toward the edge of your bed and have a seat on it. Your legs should be hanging off the bed with the edge of the bed touching the back of your knees. Slowly lower yourself onto your back. Draw both knees into your chest. Gently press your low back into the blanket or pillow. This will prevent you from overarching your back.

Keeping the right knee drawn-in toward your chest, extend the left leg toward the floor, over the edge of the bed. You will soon start to feel a stretch across the top of the thigh near the hip of the left leg. Be sure to keep the other leg bent in order to keep your low back pressing toward the bed and to protect your low back. Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds.  To feel the stretch more, scoot yourself a little so the knee hangs a little more off the edge of the bed.  Repeat same technique switching legs.

Here’s a visual of the stretching position, imagining the table as the end of the bed:

supinehipflexor-edge of bed

Remember, this is only one stretch of many and should not cause pain. If so, it might not be appropriate for you.  As always, pay attention to your body and how things feel, specific to YOU.

by Lynne Olsen , trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lynne, email her at or call her at (443) 540-7564.

Injured… From SITTING???

July 18, 2011

How often do you feel a nagging pain or discomfort somewhere… knee, back, hip, shoulders, neck??  You name it, we’ve heard it and you’ve probably felt it!  What do you think causes these problems?  Squatting, running, exercising maybe?  Ever think sitting behind your desk, wearing those sexy high heels or driving may be the culprit?

By now you know, we want these blogs to spark some thinking.  Let’s get out of that robotic thinking and living to process how the body actually works.  Remember that song from way back… The hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone, thigh bone connected to the knee bone, etc.  So true are these words!

The position of your spine and lower body while sitting does not make a happy skeletal system!  And that ever important muscular system follows right along.  With two grumpy systems come those nagging aches and pains from improper alignment.  The tug o’ war between your muscles causes your body to begin yelling at you!  We take a Tylenol and call it a day when 15 minutes of some simple exercises could bring peace and harmony to your system!

Now, you make the choice… It takes some work on a daily basis to undo all the stress our bodies endure from regular daily activities.  Pain killers take a toll on your body… Find the right combination of corrective exercise, stretching and strengthening to get your body to stop yelling at you!