Posts Tagged ‘wellbeing’

Salvere Blog: Feel Like It’s Never Enough

October 19, 2016

Ever feel like when you accomplish something, it’s never enough? The blog piggy backs on the one from last week where we talked about the struggle with sticking with and/or starting a regular exercise routine. With over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, one thing that seems to impact people the most is feeling like whatever they do, they could be doing more.

It goes something like this:
Me: “Did you exercise over the weekend.”

Client: “Yea, but only 25 minutes.”

Sound familiar? Where do you think this comes from? Do you find yourself falling into this type of thinking? How can we begin to be aware of this and start to accept and be okay with what we make time to do?

It feels like the recommendations and what people see either via mainstream media or social media add to this thinking. “The CDC recommends 60-90 minutes of activity a day.” Really? Who can do that? Or “shorter workouts with higher intensity.” Really? What if I did not sleep well the past few days?

How about this — We rarely see anyone post about a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood but we sure do see them post their boot camp or crossfit or P90X workouts. What if someone is recovering from illness or injury or is just starting out or has been stressed from life things? That 20 minute walk is super important and that high intensity workout may be slightly damaging as it contributes to stress.
On many levels, our conversations, media and advertisements created this thought process. As you go through your own, constantly changing, journey of health and well-being, remember to stop and give yourself credit along the way for the small victories!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact her, call (410) 707-0055 or email
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Commit to Stay Fit During Challenging Times

February 26, 2015

by Salvere Health and Fitness

It is my tendency to stop exercising when things get tough or challenging. Does that happen to you??? I know that I would feel better, my mood would get better and I would have an overall sense of wellbeing. But, without fail, that is the first thing to go!! I have been exercising my whole life and I certainly know the benefits. Yet, I allow myself to stop.

This is the best time to be more active, join in and not be isolated, try something new, or even meditate!!

Test yourself and use your mood as a guide to challenge yourself and get out there… Check into you’re feelings, be present and aware, notice how you feel as you take proactive steps to better mental and physical health.

It is then that you take back control of your life!!!

by Pam Beck, senior fitness instructor and trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Pam, email her at or call her at (443) 799-6055.

Are You Holding Yourself Back?

January 15, 2015

by Lynne Olsen

Recently, while getting acquainted with a new personal training client, they told me that they have a history of self-sabotage. The comment got me thinking; what does “self-sabotage” mean, how common is it, and why do we do it?

The dictionary definition of sabotage is an act or process of “undermining a cause, plan, or effort.” If we apply this concept to our treatment of ourselves, self-sabotage occurs when our conduct conflicts with our goals, aspirations, or our own wellbeing. It’s like one part of us wants one thing while another part, for various reasons, wants something entirely different. It is not limited to the physical realm of exercise and eating but can include any of the choices that we make on a daily basis, including the people with whom we spend time, how we spend our money, and the choices we make about what we eat.

Do you do anything that impedes your own wellbeing? Start by choosing a behavior that serves to improve your wellbeing. It can be something that you already do or something that you would like to do. Then, take a moment to consider whether or not you do anything that hampers or impedes the first behavior. That’s the first step. The second step is to ponder the “why.”

As an example, Joe works with his personal trainer 3 days a week for 45 minutes each time. He and his trainer talk about his nutrition and his activity outside of their sessions. He knows what he should do, yet, Joe eats fast food every night, drinks several sodas a day, and remains sedentary at home and at work. In this example, 45 minutes of physical activity 3 day per week is the positive behavior. Joe hampers the benefits of the first behavior by eating poorly and remaining sedentary for the remaining 166.65 hours of the week. Why?

Is fear a common cause of self-sabotage? At one point, I held a job that negatively affected nearly every aspect of my life. For over a year, I considered leaving, but fear of the unknown kept me from acting. The action of staying in my job (or rather, lack of action) resulted in stress and unhappiness that translated into my life outside of work. Other forms of self-sabotage include inaction, like failure to try another occupation, holding negative beliefs about yourself, or negativity in general, and maintaining harmful relationships.
Do you do anything that sabotages your own wellbeing? If so, why? If you were to imagine yourself accomplishing your goals, desires, or aspirations, what would it mean for you? Would things be different? And if things were truly different, how would it make you feel?