Kathleen Trotter
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Kathleen has been a a personal trainer and pilates equipment specialist for over ten years. Kathleen writes weekly a column for the Globe and Mail, contributes monthly to Chatelaine and has published articles for magazines such as Canadian Running, Glow, Alive and Today's Parent. Her client's range from athletes of all ages to individuals living with parkinson's and osteoporosis. Kathleen spends her free time running marathons, competing in Ironman triathlons and is currently finishing a masters program at The University of Toronto.

Entries by Kathleen Trotter

My Favourite Things: August Edition

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2016 | 9:36 AM

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 learning new 'fun' exercises and healthy recipes if I don't share the info with...

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For A Healthier Lifestyle, Make (And Own) Your Priorities

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2016 | 12:25 PM

Take ownership of your choices -- stop using the "I am too busy" excuse. 

I know you are busy. We are all busy -- being "too busy" seems to be the new normal. But you need to become conscious of what you prioritize and why.

I have railed against...

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Spice Up Your Core Workout With Add-On Sets

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 1:50 PM

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...

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My Favourite Things: The "Fit For Summer" Edition

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 4:22 PM

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 things" blog (for a mantra to keep you on your "health...

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5 Fun Nutrition Facts You May Not Know

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 10:50 AM

I am currently completing a diploma in nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, and I keep thinking "my readers might find some of this really interesting." So, I figured, why not put my learning to good use? Here are five noteworthy pieces of info I learned from my...

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A Few Of My Favourite Things -- The May Edition

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 11:54 AM

In February I wrote my first "favourite things" blog. (If you are bored with your breakfast, check out fave thing number one). I had such fun researching and compiling the list that I decided to regularly write a "favourite things" list. If you missed my March edition, don't...

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Your Missing Health Link Is Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 2:05 PM

Recovery, recovery, recovery!

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...

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A Few Of My Favourite Things -- The March Edition

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 11:53 AM

In February I wrote my first "favourite things" blog; I had such fun compiling the list that I decided I should write a "favourite things" themed blog every four to six weeks.

Really, what is the point of being a trainer and thus constantly discovering new yummy recipes,...

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The Right Mindset Is The Key To A Healthy Lifestyle

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 11:33 AM

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 -- weaving activity into one's day and figuring out how exactly...

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A Few Of My Favourite Things This Month

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 2:05 PM

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.

I share everything I learn with my clients, but I realized today that I...

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AMRAP Training: A Workout That's Anything But Boring

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 11:28 AM

Too often people tell me they stopped training out of boredom -- they got so sick of three sets of 15 repetitions or the same old cardio workout that they could no longer force themselves to get to the gym.

This is especially true at this time of year....

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

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 1:26 PM

When it comes to adopting a healthier lifestyle, too many of us get in our own way. we sabotage our own success by being married to unhelpful habits and beliefs.

When I suggest to someone that they modify a behaviour, like substituting eggs for their morning muffin or meeting...

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6 Ways To Stay Happy And Healthy This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 12:07 PM

The holidays have arrived -- again! I feel like I just wrote holiday-centred columns. Time flies when you are having fun.

Making healthy choices is hard enough January through November -- it can be almost impossible in December. Temptation is everywhere, and there always seem to be endless holiday-related...

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Get Ready To Hit The Slopes With These Exercises

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 2:30 PM

The first day back on the slopes is often brutal. I know my muscles like to yell "What have you done to me Kathleen?!"

The good news is, you still have time to prep your body--you don't have to be exhausted and sore for days!

Whether you are a veteran...

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Save Time With the 'Minute Workout'

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 8:01 AM

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....

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How Exercise Can Help Your Posture

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 11:17 PM

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 strategies with this "posture perfect" workout! It is counterproductive to be mindful of your...

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4 Strategies to Improve Your Posture

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 12:58 PM

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. I don't even have a desk job and I still spend way too much time...

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Put Your Best Foot Forward With These Exercises

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 5:02 PM

It is time to make your feet a priority, and I am not talking about simply getting regular pedicures! Your feet require more than regular polish application and cuticle care.

The foot is complex; it has 33 joints and huge neurological potential. It is supposed to be able to...

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How to Motivate Yourself When You Don't Feel Like Moving

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 1:51 PM

We all want to skip our workouts sometimes! I love exercise and I still occasionally try to find a reason to skip training, but over the years I have found ways to combat my inner voice that says "don't worry about training today...you can be lazy."

I stay on track...

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5 Fitness Myths I've Overheard During Brunch

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 12:17 PM

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;...

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