Kathleen has been a a personal trainer and pilates equipment specialist for over fifteen years. Kathleen writes regular columns for the Globe and Mail, has published articles for magazines such asChatelaine, Canadian Running, Glow, Alive and Today's Parent, and is the author of the upcoming book Finding Your Fit. Her client's range from athletes of all ages to individuals living with parkinson's and osteoporosis. Kathleen spends her free time running marathons and competing in Ironman triathlons. Kathleen has a masters from The University of Toronto and is currently finishing her degree from The Canadian School Of Natural Nutrition.
I stay on my fitness horse by reminding myself that movement is a privilege and that the future Me will ALWAYS be happier if I move. The understanding that exercise positively affects my mood has informed my entire fitness philosophy. In fact, improving my mood is typically the primary reason I train.
I love sampling different fun fitness classes -- both at home (in Toronto) and when traveling. Trying something new helps me stay motivated, plus booking my workouts before I fly ensures that I always work out. I would never forfeit my money by not showing up.
Favourite thing about fall: Running outside. I love running -- it is my bliss! Running in the fall is particularly enjoyable; it is not too hot and not too cold! A few tips... A. You may feel cold at first, but you will warm up quickly. B. Experiment until you find your perfect running attire.... C. Get a jacket with pockets.
Adopting a healthier lifestyle is an active process; no one can force anyone else -- no matter how much they love them -- to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Your loved one has to be at least interested in having the "health conversation." Health is a process, and in order for long-term changes to occur, the person must want to -- and be ready to -- be part of the process... The million-dollar question becomes, how do you support a loved one's journey to become fit, without them feeling judged, belittled, and criticized?
I am not sure how this is possible, but it is officially fall and this is my sixth "favourite things" themed blog. Time seriously just disappears! If you haven't read any of the past blogs in this ser...
We all know the benefits of working out and eating well, but when it comes to our health, knowing and doing -- especially doing over the long-term -- are two very different things! Sure, most of us can be dedicated for a few days -- sometimes a few months -- but long-term change is a whole other ballgame.
Get rid of your destructive internal dialogue. You wouldn't let your best friend or child talk badly about their body and self-worth; why is it okay for you to berate yourself? Obviously be honest. Don't tell yourself you are making healthy choices if you're not, but don't metaphorically flog yourself with unproductive self-hate.
Instead of trying to overhaul all of your eating and lifestyle habits at once -- which often is overwhelming, complicated, expensive and sometimes even disgusting -- give your taste buds and life rhythms time to adjust. Find simple, realistic and effective healthy substitutions.
This is my fifth "favourite things" themed blog. I was inspired to start the series this past February; I was sharing a healthy recipe with a client and I thought, "What is the use of constantly learn...
You need to become conscious of how often you mindlessly say you are "too busy" to make healthy choices. Then take a moment to ask yourself what is really going on. You may be busy, but are you really too busy?
When it comes to working out, boredom is the kiss of death. It is hard enough to make yourself train at the best of times -- and almost impossible when you feel like yawning! Core workouts can be particularly yawn-worthy. Front planks, crunches, bike kicks... snore. The great news is, your workout doesn't have to put you to sleep!
As a trainer, I am constantly coming across new "fun" exercises and healthy recipes, but what is the use of learning all this great info if I don't share it? So, in February I wrote a "favourite thing...
Ditch the "drink as much water as possible when exercising" and "always drink eight to 10 cups of water during daily life" mentality! Fitness professionals used to be told to advise everyone to drink as much as possible when working out, and to always drink a minimum of eight to 10 glasses of water per day. Turns out, neither guideline is ideal.
Instead of understanding health as all the things you have to give up, adopt what I call the "find your kiwi" approach. A "kiwi" represents something healthy that you truly love -- or at least something healthy that you don't despise; one is always more apt to continue a program when it includes foods and activities one likes.
Being under-recovered is just as bad as being under-trained; being under-recovered leads to exhaustion, lethargy, muscle aches, trigger points, and stiffness, and left long enough it will lead to injury. Recovery allows the body to become stronger, leaner, and generally healthier; it puts that extra little energetic pep in one's step. It is not something "extra" you do when time allows.
Crunches have traditionally been the "go to" abdominal exercise; but I am on a mission to change that! Why? First, crunches round you forward, which promotes a hunched-over posture. So, even if you manage to sculpt your abs, no one will see them because you will be bent over. Plus, we all sit too much anyway, and sitting already rounds us forward... Ditch crunches and instead do functional exercises.
Virtually everyone knows that adopting a healthier lifestyle is important, and most of us even really want (in theory) to be active and make more ideal nutrition choices. The problem is, wanting and doing are two very different things.
One of the best things about my job is that I get to have so many interesting health and fitness conversations; I am constantly discovering new yummy recipes, kick-ass workouts, and motivational tips and tricks.
AMRAP stands for "as many rounds as possible." AMRAP is an example of time-based training. With AMRAP, you aim to fit in as many cycles of a circuit as possible within a set time frame. The faster you get through the reps of each exercise, the more times you will complete the entire circuit.