Posts Tagged ‘workout’

Salvere Blog: Do It Out of Love

May 11, 2017
by Salvere Health and Fitness
Thinking and processing the different ways and reasons why someone takes action or changes something.

Often I see people start exercising or eating healthier because of a hate or dislike for their bodies. I hear them talk about miserable previous experiences or how much they hate to workout or go to the gym or how much they hate salads or feel like they are deprived when they eat healthy or feel like they are bad because of certain choices.

An alternative thought process would be doing things because we love and appreciate what our bodies can do and opportunities when our health changes. And creating space for freedom to do and eat the things we enjoy while balancing it with the rest of life.

What would that feel like? How hard would that be to shift that thought process from doing things cause we “have” to vs doing things because we “want” to and “CAN”? What motivates or does not motivate you?

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: Psst … This Trainer Does Not Do Burpees

November 29, 2016

And here’s why. How many of you sit for hours each day — at the office, driving, watching TV, etc? Back pain tops the list in reasons for missed work. Over half of all Americans admit to pack pain at least 1x per year and about 80% of us will experience it during our lifetime at some point. This being said, we can do some things to work on minimizing our potential for problems through our movement program. Conversely, we can do some things to increase our risk for potential problems as well.

As a trainer, I sift through all exercise possibilities and options to determine who will be doing the exercise, what they want to accomplish, where they are now with their fitness, where they’ve been in the past and any other important information such as injuries, accidents, illnesses, etc. From there, I set a plan for the workout and I do this for myself as well as my clients.

Since many of us sit for hours each day, we need to take this into consideration when doing our workouts. Personally, the small benefit of exercises that carry a greater potential to stress the lower back such as Burpees and Mountain Climbers can be made up for in other movements. In exchange, substitute exercises that will help to counter the effects sitting has on our backs, hips and legs.
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.

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

Salvere Blog: Walking Here and There and Everywhere

September 28, 2016

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Now, here’s an exercise that requires very little equipment, easy to do, safe, available at any time, family and friends always welcome and can deliver many positive benefits. In this day and age, technology offers all kinds of gadgets (pedometers, etc.) you can wear or, even easier, apps on your mobile phone to track your steps and/or miles to keep you motivated.

WalkHealth_finalWalking comes with many benefits that can motive you to hit the trails. They include, lower rates of illness, increase energy levels, lifts your mood and strengthens memory, help protect from heart disease and possibly reduce risk of some cancers. Besides, it gets you outside to enjoy the fresh air! Some of my favorite reasons I like walking: being outside creates a sense of freedom, being in nature, connecting and socializing with new found friends and an overall great energized feeling after a good walk, no matter what the weather brings.

While hitting the neighborhood after work with a friend makes this an easily doable exercise still be sure to pay attention to a few form suggestions and techniques. Walking with correct form can ensure the most benefits and reduce your risk of injury. Here are a few tips;

— Stand with your spine straight
— Keep your head up so your ears over your shoulders and shoulders over hips
— Bend your elbows at a 90 degree angle and swing your arms naturally
— Shoot for your feet to land heel first, then roll through the foot and push off toes

Look around you as there are plenty of pedestrian friendly places to walk with various paths, parks and now even many downtown areas with walkways. There are walking groups around the area and you can always create your own little group of friends and family!

Where can you add at least one day of walking as part of your weekly workout schedule, especially with fall just around the corner??

by Pam Beck, personal trainer and group fitness instructor at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact her, call (443) 799-6055 or email PamB@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: “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: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

August 31, 2016
Ever find yourself listening to something or talking to someone and saying “hmmm, I never knew that” or “I never even thought about that”. Talking and listening with an open mind and open opportunity to learn something can really broaden our perspective. But, what happens when you learn of something that kinda challenges you to think about something you believed for so long? This can be something big like a religious or political belief or something little like whether you should eat bread or not.
I’m going to use this blog to relate it to things going on in the health and fitness industry right now. Some things appear to be great – Doing high intense workouts, doing long/slow steady workouts, drinking shakes to lose weight, eliminating foods like bread, sweets or alcohol, losing weight in general, measuring BMI, running … well, you get the idea.

The “great” thing about these – they are the tasks that are supposed to get us to a certain weight or even and “optimal” BMI.

The “hmmmm” think about these — are they really making us healthier?? High intensity workouts and running without a prior focus on developing a proper base of cleaning up movement from the things we do every day (sit at a desk, wear high heels, cross our legs, wearing a wallet in the back pocket, texting, etc) and practicing the basics before moving to more advanced movements/training can actually contribute to long term pain and injury. While exercise in and of itself does not cause injury, doing things over and over again without proper form and alignment (just like your car tires when it’s out of alignment!) can bring about some problems.

Losing weight seems “good” but what if we’re losing muscle and not body fat? And drinking protein shakes, what are they make from? Are they really resulting in living “healthy”? Some are, some probably not – but we need to look below the surface. What does it do to our mental health to stress about being a certain weight? Or taking the action to build healthy habits into our daily life then not losing weight. There’s more to this healthy living thing then a number on the scale.

With any of these things, think before you do – What am I really trying to achieve?? Skinny does not = healthy. High intensity exercise does not always = appropriate for you. There are many, many options out there and it can be confusing. Not any one thing is magical, many things lie within a grey area. Think, “is it the right thing for me at this point in time with what I have available (time, money, etc.), with what I’m willing to do, with what I’m capable of doing.”

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.

Salvere Blog: The Core — Beyond the 6-Pack

June 7, 2016
by Salvere Health and Fitness
Years ago when my grandmother was young there were garments specifically made to achieve a slim line and the illusion of a strong core. Fast forward to modern times and we have refocused our attention to a six-pack vision of what our core should look like. With summer just around the corner, many people come in to their workout sessions requesting stomach exercises for the sake of swimsuit season.
Aside from the fact that exercising muscles in a certain area does not directly burn fat from that area, having a six-pack or flat stomach also does not necessarily equate to strong core muscles. The structure of your core does a variety of things that affects dozens of muscle groups. Let’s take some time to really get to the core of your Core…

Your core includes the pelvic floor muscles, transverse abdominis (deep core), internal and external obliques (side of the trunk ), mulifidus (deep back muscles) erector spinae (vertical back muscles), diaphragm, gluteus maximus (butt) and the trapezius (top of the back). These muscles all work together to help you prevent injury, perform sports and daily living tasks.

A weak core can cause lower back pain, IT band, and knee issues. The surrounding muscles try to compensate for that weakness and can cause imbalances and injuries. Which brings me back to the core issue, strengthen
all the muscle groups activated by the core and you will be ready to enjoy your summer!!
by Pam Beck, personal trainer and group fitness instructor at Salvere Health and Fitness.
To contact Pam, call her at (443) 799-6055 or email her at PamB@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com .

Salvere Blog: The Game of Life

March 9, 2016

by Salvere Health and Fitness

When I was a kid I loved to play the game “Life” with my friends and family. As you age you learn that life can be unpredictable and can change in an instant – but when you’re young it’s simply just a game. As I got older that ever changing game of life became a reality.
game of life
How do you balance your life in an unbalanced world? Does that mean that you set priorities and detour around anything that might get in the way? Once you go off course it’s much harder and takes more effort to get back on track. If we are talking about committing to a regular fitness goal and keeping that in your daily practices, then you must put that on the priority list and let nothing get in the way.
Setting that type of goal can show your family and friends that taking care of “you” is vital to well-being and balance. Redefine what fitness means to you and your family. Highlight FUN as the main component. Mix things up and challenge yourself to reach higher goals. Think seasonally, like kayaking in the summer, skiing or snow tubing in the winter, support your local non-profits by participating in their fundraising walks in the fall and in the spring head to a park to enjoy the outdoors and the beauty of the season.
You be the winner of your game of Life!
by Pam Beck, personal trainer and senior fitness instructor at
Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Pam, email her at PamB@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call her at (443) 799-6055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Snowstorms and Exercise

February 16, 2016

by Salvere Health and Fitness

So in the Maryland area, we got hit with a nice snowstorm!  YIKES!  It sure looked pretty, but nonetheless several were stuck inside because the conditions were not safe outside. Even though people could not go out to do their normal routines, work, school, gym, etc., there are some benefits to having a snowstorm….you still can get a great workout in….. if you have to go outside and shovel! You knew that was coming.

I know, it’s not ideal for a lot of people, especially if you have a lot to shovel, but it is great to be able to get fresh air and literally use all the muscles in your body to squat, lift, and throw the snow out from in front of your car!  I hope you had good form….I didn’t and felt it a little later on that day!  Hopefully, you stayed hydrated if you were outside for a long period of time.

If you didn’t brave the outdoors, plenty of exercises work well indoors to keep you on track.  We all carry with us the best exercise too around — It’s called your BODY WEIGHT! You can do push ups, squats, lunges, tricep dips, jumping jacks, planks, leg lifts, calf raises….the list can go on and on. Next time mother nature keeps you indoors, try this sample circuit workout — Do each exercise for 20 seconds, rest for 10 and move on to the next exercise. It takes ONLY 4 minutes!

 

Squat
Forward Lunges, alternating legs
Jumping jacks
Push ups
Elbow plank
Jog in place
Dips
Burpees


I
know it may be different than the equipment that you are use to everyday, but it is
good to mix it up, trick the body and do something different from time to time to maximize your weekly workouts!  So, when you get stuck inside for a day or two don’t skip your workouts!  Continue to move your body indoors and make use of your BODY WEIGHT to continue your journey to good health!

 

by Leah Daniels, personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Leah, email her at LeahD@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call her at (614) 306-9662.

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.