Posts Tagged ‘weight loss’

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 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: 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 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: “That Hurts My Knee” — Pain Management, Beyond Medication

September 21, 2016
Who’s heard or read anything about Opiods lately? The increased news over the last several months on the opioid epidemic and how it relates to pain management opened up the discussions for alternatives. Among those, movement and exercise rank pretty high! For those of us in the industry, this does not come as a surprise — welcome to another casualty of the “war on obesity”.

Our “exercise for weight loss” mentality has helped put on blinders to all the other tremendous benefits of moving our bodies.  Realize this, not all exercises help work on proper alignment and movement patterns.  In fact, the exercises we use in our high intensity weight loss workouts can actually exacerbate these problems by not working through creating proper alignment first and building up to certain movements, one step at a time. Sometimes the first step seems tedious and not too effective (but only if you’re looking at your workouts solely for weight loss!).

knee-painIf you struggle with regular pain of some kind (even if sporadic and random), take a mental inventory. When did you first notice it hurting? Have you been injured? Had surgery? Fallen? Been in a car accident (even if it was 20 years ago!)? Do you sit for hours each day? Is the pain only on one side? Do you wear a wallet in your pocket or carry a purse/bag/backpack? Wear high heels?

If you ever feel pain during your workout (or any other time!) that just does not seem right, talk about it — Bring it up to what ever professional you’re working with at the time. Let them help you address it before it becomes an often or always type of problem.”No pain, no gain” should not necessarily be your motto. This does not mean all pain can be treated without medication or some type of other intervention. It means, pay attention and don’t wait until something hurts for years before telling someone. Sometimes we can work on in before it becomes major.

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact her, call (410) 707-0055 or email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com.

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

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Salvere Blog: 7 Reasons People Don’t Set Goals

August 24, 2016

by Salvere Health and Fitness

plan into action

— People don’t know how to set goals.
— People are searching for the perfect way to set goals.
— People are afraid to set goals.
— People are afraid to succeed.
— People are afraid they won’t succeed.
— People don’t want to set the goal too high.
— People don’t want to set the goal too low.

We discuss goal setting quite a bit in the fitness industry, especially surrounding weight loss.

“I want to lose 20 lbs by my birthday.”

What’s the problem with this (or any other similar definitive statement)? Goals don’t discuss the how, the method or the steps to get there. Also, often they create somewhat of a tunnel vision where we focus so much on the goal that we forget to be “in” the process. With weight loss, what if we get sick or injured or have hormonal imbalance or thyroid issues or something else preventing our bodies from losing weight? The other issue, often once we reach this goal, this finish line, we stop everything we did to get there and expect it the bring us happiness.

So, maybe there’s nothing wrong with not setting goals? Or is there a way to make it more generic such as, “I want to be the healthiest version of myself possible.” Then, every day, do the best you can to create that type of environment.

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact her, call (410) 707-0055 or email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com.

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

Be well,
The Salvere Health and Fitness Team

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Salvere Blog: “You Look Great”

July 11, 2016
by Salvere Health and Fitness

The fitness/diet industry constantly sends messages of success in the form of some sort of before and/or after picture. Often their advertising will show someone partially dressed, on the smaller side for women and the more muscular side for men, possibly holding an apple and/or tape measure around their waist. They may even advertise some sort of body transformation program or looking better in your bikini or bathing suit. What do these messages send to us about why exercise is important?

These things might not seem to be a really big deal, at first. Let’s look at the before and after picture in particular situation in more detail. How many times have you seen someone who lost weight and you immediately comment “you look great”? Did they look horrible before? What happens when they gain any weight back? How does that feel to them? Do we tell people they look great any other time? What if this person lost weight in an unhealthy way such as not eating because of a depressing situation?

Your health and self-worth extend far beyond a number on the scale or an after picture. Let’s all work to spend more time complementing people on the real things that make each of us unique and beautiful.
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact Lisa, call her at (410) 707-0055 or email her at Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Putting Perspective on Perspective

February 29, 2016

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Perspective:

 

  a : the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed: point of view
  b : the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance
During the blizzard last month, we took off to the park, channeling our inner child and enjoying the snow. One of our activities included building this snowman.


Of course, building such a masterpiece must be shared with friends. The response varied from someone thinking he was larger than life to “he’s puny.” It got me to thinking about how often perspective comes into play throughout life. Using this to look at new year’s resolutions (or any goal setting really) and why people use them or don’t anymore, perspective really helps examine what’s realistic.

With regard to health and fitness (cause that’s what we do on this blog!), lets examine a few things about perspective with exercise and nutrition. We might set a goal for pounds of weight to lose then we put a time frame on this and set some ideas with how to accomplish these goals. So, check out these few examples of how perspective can impact what you set out to achieve.

Goal should be measurable, right? Well, look at amounts of weight loss — If someone loses 1/2 lb per week, it often feels as if that’s insignificant. Do we then realized that 1/2lb per week = 25 lbs a year? So often one feels unhappy with ½ lb per week but happy with 25lbs per year.

Goals need a time frame, correct? Okay, many resolutions or goals with regard to fitness and healthy eating last 6 weeks or even 12 weeks. Then frustration sets in when we don’t see progress. Look at that amount of time vs an entire lifetime… A lifetime before and a lifetime after. What if we looked at the much bigger picture and allowed ourselves a lifetime of exploration and the ebb and flow of life to vary our physical activity over time as we change as individuals?
Take a second to sit back and put perspective on things.  Are you setting goals realistic to your life where it stands now? Is there a way you can readjust your mind set to feel successful?  Let us know your thoughts.

by Lisa Martin, 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.

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.

Salvere Blog: The Perfect Workout

October 13, 2015
by Salvere Health and Fitness
Kettlebells, boot camp, barre, Pilates, Bikram yoga, Crossfit, regular yoga, body pump, aerobics, running, etc. You name it, there’s an article about how its the “best workout for weight loss”. Well, what and how can all these different things be the “best”? How do you sift through all this to know what to do?
bosu dumbbells medicine ball
Really, we can’t answer this question for you. Think of all these things as tools in your toolbox that you can pick at different times. When looking at your fitness program (or journey), consider the following things: What do you enjoy doing? Do you struggle with chronic pain? Have you had surgery or injury? If so, was it major (such as knee replacement, back surgery or a heart attack) or minor (such as minor arthroscopic knee surgery)? How long have you been exercising? Have you lifted weights before? When are you most energetic? What type of exercise are you most likely to do regularly?
Remember, these answers will change over time! Keep checking in with yourself and as you progress so too will your fitness program. It’s helpful for your body and to prevent burnout/boredom to continue to make changes instead of just stopping because “it’s not working”. Learn what works for you on those days with lower energy or something flares up — Make a change to your routine that day, don’t just do nothing.
With our blogs, we do our best to not continue to overload you with information but to help you start to examine how you can apply things to YOU. Remember, science is one thing, real life another. Apply this to your fitness and nutrition. We’ve become a society with weight loss tunnel vision when it comes to exercise and eating. Lets work to take these blinders off and pay attention to how we feel. You are unique and something different works for each of us. We constantly change as individuals so allow your fitness and nutrition to ebb and flow with your life.
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.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: The Calorie Conundrum

September 23, 2015

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Calorie — What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word calorie??  Write it down before you read on!

calorie creatures calories and personAccording to Merriam Webster, a calorie is “the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water one degree Celsius” and “a unit equivalent to the large calorie expressing heat-producing or energy-producing value in food when oxidized in the body”. 

How did you define it??

So often the discussion surrounding calories comes in the form of restriction or something weight loss oriented. In those conversations, we forget about what a calorie really measures.  A measurement of energy!!!  Imagine this — Say for instance, in order to drive 250 miles in your car, you need 10 gallons of gas.  There’s no gas station on the way.  Would you decide to drive that 250 miles by putting only 7.5 gallons in your tank instead??  Sounds kinda crazy doesn’t it?

Ever feel low energy in the afternoon or evening? Ever “run out of energy” during your workout? While several things come into play here, it could have something to do with your “fuel” intake! Think of your metabolism just like you do your car engine — All of us use energy all day long, even when we are sitting around doing nothing. Your car will not make it 250 miles on less fuel why would your body be able to survive on insufficient fuel??

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

Salvere Blog: Exercise Makes You Gain…

September 9, 2015

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Exercise, why do we do it?? We’ve talked about it quite a bit on this blog, not surprisingly! As we continue to work through the purpose for exercise in our American society, we seem to circle around to losing weight. And the success or failure that surrounds this goal and the impact on long term consistency. How does it feel after you put so much time, energy and effort into your fitness then the scale stays stuck on the same number? I know, I know, we’ve talked about this before — And, staying true to the purpose of this blog, lets look at this whole thing from a different angle.

What if, we start talking about fitness, exercise and movement in a way that we focus on what we GAIN? I sat down and came up with a list that I present to you below.  Do you have anything to add???

Healthier Blood cholesterol
Improved Blood pressure
Improved Blood sugar
Higher quality of Sleep
Fewer Days missed work due to illness
Less Days/hours missed due to back or other pain
Consistently better mood
Better focus
Improved relationships
Pain free joints
More productive
Happier
Easier to do daily life functions
Slower resting heart rate
Improved Posture
Shorter recovery heart rate
Better endurance
Less stress
Higher self confidence
More relaxed
Less anxiety
More creative
Improved mobility
Stronger bones
Improved complexion

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