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Posts for: April, 2017

In this special guest feature, Paige Johnson, a personal trainer and regular contributor at, shares tips to turn your fitness goals into habits.

At this point it may seem like eternities ago, but at the beginning of the year, you set a resolution to improve your health, whether your end goal was to lose weight, fight off a chronic condition like fatigue, improve a mental health condition like addiction, or simply feel more confident. Now that the year is progressing, you may have found that your resolution has fallen by the wayside. In order to stick to your goals, you must have strategies in place for sticking to them.

Set Up a Plan
Regardless of how big or small your goals are, making a positive change in your life requires planning to ensure follow-through. Consider using the acronym SMART:

  • Specific – Your goal needs to be clear and easy to understand. Rather than set a common goal, such as “get healthy,” take it a step further by getting specific, such as “lose weight” or “start exercising.” Avoid vague goals.
  • Measureable – Goals are useless without a way to measure and track your progress to determine when you have reached your goal. Making your goal measurable involves adding a number, such as losing 10 pounds or exercising three times a week.
  • Attainable – Adding a number makes your goal measurable, but before you add a number, you need to decide how high or low you want to go. Your goal shouldn’t be too easy, but making it too extreme won’t help you, either. For example, a 5 to 10 percent weight loss is achievable for most overweight people, so set your goal at 7 percent.
  • Relevant – Make sure your goal is relevant to you and what you want to accomplish. Don’t set a goal just because others want you to or everyone else is doing it. If losing weight is not a concern for you at the moment, set a goal that is.
  • Time-bound – The final piece in setting a goal is to have an end-point in order to motivate you to get started and keep pushing forward.

Using the SMART method to set a goal is a great way to get started, but keep in mind that your plan can, and should, change. For example, if your plan was to hit the gym three times a week but you have found that you are dreading going or coming up with excuses to skip it, re-evaluate your plan. Consider alternatives such as exercising outdoors or trying out a new class, like Zumba or kickboxing.

Get a Support System
Crushing your goals on your own is fantastic, but sometimes it helps to have a support system in place to push you forward during those days or weeks when you just feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. Finding a workout partner could be the push you need, helping the time to pass, keeping you accountable, and cheering you on. When you work out alone, you may find yourself constantly looking at the clock, and that sense of dread can make it hard for you to summon up the energy to work out. Having a workout partner can help the time to pass by having someone to chat with or engage in friendly competition. You may also find that in having someone counting on you for an exercise session, you are less likely to back out or cancel, and may find yourself working harder. According to one study, those who work out with a partner they perceived to be better increased their workout and intensity by 200 percent, and were fueled by the motivation to not let their partner down. Find a partner that pushes you, but also respects your limits.

Having a buddy also touts the benefit of having someone to remind and draw attention to your progress. You may not notice the progress you are making, such as the weight you’ve lost or the endurance you’ve built up, but a workout buddy can view you objectively, remind you of your progress, and give you the validation you need to keep pushing forward. An added benefit is having someone to celebrate your success with, such as a night out or a day at the spa.

Resolutions are hard to keep at times, but with an action plan and support system in place, you can set yourself up for success. Be smart about your plan, and find the support you need to keep you moving forward as you strive to reach your goals.

About the Author
Paige Johnson is a self-described fitness “nerd.” She possesses a love for strength training. In addition to weight-lifting, she is a yoga enthusiast and avid cyclist. She enjoys writing about fitness and health for Learn Fit.


Torrie, a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH), earned her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene at Mount Ida College. In her role as a Registered Dental Hygienist, Torrie has the privilege of developing close relationships with each patient who visits Martins Dental Partners and makes patients feel comfortable and relaxed with her friendly and outgoing personality.  “When I was young, I was always afraid of the dentist and of getting my teeth cleaned. Being able to relate to patients who share that fear was one of the primary reasons I became a Dental Hygienist. I strive to provide my patients with a calming and stress-free experience.” says Torrie.

In her spare time, Torrie enjoys spending time with her family including her grandmother who lives on the South Shore. She also loves dogs, especially her two Siberian Huskies Tasha and Denali, watching The Bachelor and listening to Fleetwood Mac.

Q: If you weren't working for Martins Dental Partners, what would your dream job be?
A:  If I wasn’t a Dental Hygienist I think my dream job would to be a yoga instructor, and to own my own yoga studio. Yoga is something I've always enjoyed doing and I think it would be very rewarding to be able to share my enthusiasm for it with other people. 

Q: What's your favorite inspirational quote?
A: My favorite inspirational quote is “The best view comes after the hardest climb.” This is my favorite quote because I can relate to the meaning behind it. I find that if I am going through something challenging, the end result is much more gratifying after having worked so hard to accomplish it. 

Q: Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
A: It’s hard to pick one influential person in my life, I'd have to say my family has had the greatest influence in shaping me into the person I am today. 

Q: If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A: One place I have always wanted to travel to is Barcelona in Spain. The main reason I'd love to go is because of the unique architecture. They have so many beautiful buildings and cathedrals. I'd also love to go shopping at Mercado de la Boqueria which is a giant food market. 

Q: What are you currently reading? 
A:  I am currently not reading anything right now but I always enjoy reading something that makes me laugh. However, my favorite book is The Glass Castle written by Jeanette Walls. If you have any suggestions, let me know at your next visit! 

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Dr. Fisher developed a passion for dentistry while going through orthodontics as a teen. She also discovered she could use the skills she'd developed through years of art classes to help others gain confidence in their smile.

Dr. Fisher and her husband Stefan, both Michigan natives, are expecting their first child this fall. In her free time, Dr. Fisher admits she watches more TV than she should, but also enjoys hiking and exploring the New England historic sites.

Q: If you weren't working for Martins Dental Partners, what would your dream job be?
A:  While dentistry does fit me perfectly, if I had to choose something else, I would make jewelry. I dabbled in jewelry-making for years while in high school and college, and am currently acquiring my own tools in order to start up again. The only problem with being a jeweler is that I would love each ring or set of earrings so much that I would never have the heart to sell it!

Q: What's the best advice you've ever received?
A:  The best advice I ever received is a well-known, but seldom followed phrase: “don’t sweat the small stuff.” I’ve spent years letting my social anxiety get the better of me and it keeps me from becoming my best self. I still fall victim to it, but I am more aware of it and try to overcome it. The one good thing that has come from social anxiety is that I can relate more to people with dental anxiety or other anxieties. Anxiety is not rational- you can tell yourself many times over that “there’s nothing to be afraid of,” and “it won’t be the same as last time,” but it’s hard to stop your mind from going back to that same place.

Q: If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A: I would love to visit Croatia! Specifically, I want to see the Plitvice Lakes. Pictures that I have seen of the lakes and its waterfalls make it seem like a fairytale land.

Q: What are you currently reading? 
A:  I just recently joined my first book club and our next book is “Orphan Train,” by Christina Baker Kline. In addition to that, I am already reading some books about pregnancy and birth, as I am expecting my first child this fall!

Q: What's your favorite inspirational quote?
A: My favorite quote has been paraphrased in so many ways that I don’t know who said it first: “Happiness is not the result of a lifetime of fortune and good luck, you must choose to be happy.”  In this lifetime, we’ll never know why certain things happen to us while others appear to have good fortune. Being happy is not about getting through difficult times and maybe other people aren’t as fortunate as we perceive. Life is about choosing happiness, despite what happens to you.

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dental procedures

"Fillings" is the word that pops into most people's minds when they think about dental services, but dentists offer many other types of treatments that improve the health and appearance of your smile. Dr. Valerie Martins, Dr. Joseph Whitney & Dr. Suzanne Fisher of Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, MA, describe a few of the services they provide.

Tiny grooves in the surface of your back teeth harbor plaque, a sticky bacterial film that raises your risk of developing a cavity. Unfortunately, there's no easy way to remove plaque from these small spaces. Applying a sealant to molars and pre-molars fills in those grooves and prevents cavities. You'll want to make sure your children receive sealants once their molars and pre-molars erupt. Adults may also want to take advantage of the protective benefits sealants provide.

Root canals
Infected or inflamed pulp in the center of the tooth is removed during root canal treatment at Martins Dental Partners Beverly office. "Root" canal therapy gets it name because the treatment also includes cleaning and shaping the canals that travel from your roots to the crown at the top of the tooth. Because the tooth-saving procedure is performed using local anesthetic, you won't feel a thing during your treatment.

Do you have a tooth that is darker than the others? Adding a veneer to the front of your tooth will cover discolorations caused by dental procedures and medication side effects. Thin porcelain veneers are attached to the fronts of teeth with dental cement and offer a long-lasting way to improve your smile. In addition to whitening teeth and hiding discolorations, veneers are also recommended if you want to close gaps, change the shape of a tooth or cover cracks or chips.

Whether you're searching for a new dentist, dealing with tooth pain or simply want to improve the appearance of your smile, Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, MA, offers the dental services you need. Call Martins Dental Partners at (978) 288-1946 or email us to schedule an appointment or complimentary tour of our beautiful new office.