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Kathleen Trotter

Personal Trainer

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.
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Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick By Breaking Bad Habits

How can you become a healthier version of yourself if you're not willing to question your habits or beliefs and do things differently? Basically, stop being married to what you "do" or "don't do." If you are unhappy with your health (or who you are dating or your job), what you are doing is obviously not helpful or useful!
12/30/2015 02:26 EST
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Save Time With the 'Minute Workout'

My current favourite workout is the "Minute Workout." It is effective, but more important, it is both efficient and convenient. The Minute Workout provides an intense full-body workout in 20 to 45 minutes, and since you are not married to any particular pieces of equipment, you can do it anywhere.
10/16/2015 08:01 EDT
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How Exercise Can Help Your Posture

In my most recent blog, "4 Strategies to Improve Posture," I outline ways you can become mindful of your posture during your daily life. Read the full blog here. For best results, combine those strate...
09/20/2015 11:17 EDT
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4 Strategies to Improve Your Posture

Almost everyone I meet with expresses concerns about their posture. It makes total sense: we all sit way too much, and it is almost impossible to sit for long periods without becoming slightly rounded forward. For most of us some amount of sitting is a necessary evil, but that doesn't mean you can't take steps to mitigate the damages!
08/31/2015 12:58 EDT
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5 Fitness Myths I've Overheard During Brunch

Okay, I know, eavesdropping is wrong, but sometimes I just can't help it; so many restaurants place their tables basically on top of one another. I wouldn't mind so much -- let's face it people watching can be fun -- except that over hearing fitness conversations is usually frustrating; nine times out of ten what I hear is wrong.
07/07/2015 12:17 EDT
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I'm Changing My Eating Habits One Moment at a Time

I have decided that I need to train myself to take a beat -- a mindfulness moment -- before I eat anything. I eat healthy foods, but I need to become more aware of HOW I eat. Too often I nibble on vegetables when I am cooking, I stand up to stuff food down between clients, and at night I eat in front of the TV. I need to become more mindful of how I am eating!
06/12/2015 05:42 EDT
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Follow These Steps for Injury-Free Running

Learning to love running doesn't happen overnight. Too many people never develop a love of running. Their careers are cut short due to injury, usually because they make the mistake of running too much or too intensely too quickly! Don't be sidelined by injury! Run smart.
05/15/2015 07:37 EDT
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Want to Be Healthy? Take the "Captain Obvious" Approach

You don't have to spend tonnes of money on cleansing programs, protein powders or the latest miracle food to achieve your health and wellness goals. I am not saying don't eat gogi berries (or this month's equivalent miracle food). I am just saying that you don't need to spend oodles of money or follow a restrictive "diet," you just need to get back to basics.
04/15/2015 08:04 EDT
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Taking a Break Will Help Your Running Life

Running is hard on the body. Every time your foot hits the ground your body has to absorb six times your weight. To recover from this pounding your tissues need REST, cross-training, appropriate nutrition and water. Luckily, I love trying new workouts and when I don't run I have free time to experiment and try new classes.
03/15/2015 10:55 EDT
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How To Make Healthy Eating Simple -- And Fast

The "I don't have time for breakfast" excuse is one of my personal pet peeves. Everyone has time for breakfast, you just need to plan ahead. Hard boil a bunch of eggs. Then grab one of them plus a few cut of vegetables for a healthy meal in literally seconds. Make a smoothie the night before. Then drink it as you leave the house.
02/13/2015 12:53 EST
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7 Tips To Keep You On Track in 2015

Happy 2015 everyone! It has been over a week since the ball dropped. If you are starting to feel less committed towards your health resolutions, I am here to say "don't give up"! 2015 can be your healthiest year yet, you just have to persevere!! Here are seven tips to help you stay motivated in 2015!
01/11/2015 10:56 EST

Make Fitness Fun With These New Workout Ideas

One thing that I love about my job is that it is never boring. There is always a new way to mix things up, a new way to "torture" my clients, a new way to make training fun! Some of you may find this...
12/13/2014 03:24 EST
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You Can Have a Healthy Vacation and Have Fun at the Same Time

Too many times people return from vacation having had a great time, but also being down on themselves due to letting unhealthy habits dominate. People tend to overeat, drink more, and skip their work outs. It sucks to get away only to return feeling worse physically and emotionally than when you left! My friend Em and I are living proof that you can go on a vacation that is both healthy AND fun!
11/07/2014 12:46 EST
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It's Not Just What You Eat, But Why and How

Most diets and nutrition regimes primarily focus on WHAT you should eat and/or HOW much you should eat. Foods gets categorized as "good" and "bad," which often fosters a negative relationship with food, and can lead people to use the rules of the system to justify less than optimal nutritional choices.
10/24/2014 12:36 EDT
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There's a Right and a Wrong Way to Do a Cleanse

Thinking rationally, I know that the feeling of control that a cleanse offers is fleeting, even false, but I wanted to feel like I was closing the door on old (less than ideal) habits, and opening the door to new (more ideal) habits. I wanted a clean slate.
08/26/2014 12:48 EDT