Kathleen Trotter
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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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My Favourite Things: The Spring Edition

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2017 | 3:37 PM

It is that time again ... "favourite things" time! In February 2016 I compiled my first "favourite things" blog -- a list of current favourite exercises, nutrition tips, recipes, and health mantras. I am now obsessed with these lists; stockpiling beloved mantras and exercises to share is such...

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You Are Not Your Cravings Or Your Unhealthy Thoughts

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2017 | 11:47 AM

We all have cravings. We all want to skip workouts.

We all do the "should I or shouldn't I?" internal health debate.

You know what I am talking about: the internal push-pull that happens right before we decide to make -- or not make -- a less-than-ideal health...

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The Key To Long-Term Fitness Success Is Leaning Into The 'Fall'

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2017 | 2:27 PM

One of my most-used Kathleenisms is, "If you fall off of your fitness horse, get back on a more informed rider." I started using it when I realized that when we make a less-than-ideal health choice, most of us react in one of two ways.

Generally we either say,...

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My Favourite Things: The March Edition

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2017 | 2:12 PM

In February 2016 -- holy Batman, time flies -- I compiled my first "favourite things" blog -- a list of current favourite exercises, nutrition tips, recipes, and health mantras. I so enjoyed the experience that I have posted a fresh list roughly every five weeks! This edition includes...

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Have A Plan And Make Bad Habits Utterly Inconvenient

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2017 | 5:03 PM

Consistency is paramount when working toward any health goal; abstaining from cake one time will not shed stubborn pounds.

To lose weight, help lower blood pressure, improve energy or decrease anxiety, you need to change your preferences -- your daily habits -- so that more often than not you are...

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Unbend: Pain-Free And Productive Cooking

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2017 | 4:51 PM

Standing for hours on end -- as a professional chef, bartender, butcher, home economist or cheese monger -- is hard on the body. Standing, lifting, bending, and twisting for hours on end, often with less-than-ideal posture, frequently results in achy legs and feet, a sore back, and stiff almost arthritic-feeling...

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10 Kathleen-Approved Fitness Hacks

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2017 | 3:05 PM

I am going to admit something. I didn't know "fitness hacks" were a thing until Lisa Davis asked me to chat about them on her show Talk Healthy Today. Now that I know what "hacks" are -- basically innovative ways to motivate or trick yourself into...

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How To Create A Health Strategy For Long-Term Results

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2017 | 2:43 PM

Are you constantly on and off your fitness horse? Instead of getting back on and hoping for different results, rethink your strategy. Ask yourself, "What has and has not worked in the past?"

Pinpoint the valuable lessons and work to reproduce successful approaches. Abandon anything else. Start fresh. Adopt...

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My favourite things -- the 2017 edition

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 1:23 PM

In February 2016 I started my series of "favourite things" blogs -- a list of my current favourite exercises, nutrition tips, recipes, and health mantras.

My 2017 goal for you is to put yourself at the top of your "favourite things" list; make 2017 the year of...

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Choose Joy By Choosing To Exercise

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2016 | 6:55 AM

What do my love of celebrating every and all holidays (especially Christmas) and my love of exercise have in common? They are both examples of how I actively decide to be happy. I am a big believer in "mind over mood"; I am constantly giving myself short pep-talks...

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Searching For Motivation? Try Having Some Fitness Fun

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2016 | 4:34 PM

I love sampling different fun fitness classes -- both at home (in Toronto) and when travelling. 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. I especially love sampling...

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A Few Of My Favourite Things -- The November Edition

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2016 | 10:59 AM

Welcome to my seventh official "favourite things" themed blog. I compiled my first list in February 2016 -- I had such fun putting together the list that I decided to write a "favourite things" blog regularly. If you haven't been following the series, don't worry. You can still...

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The Dos And Don'ts Of Supporting A Loved One On Their Health Journey

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2016 | 12:07 PM

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...

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Fall Into These Perfect Autumn Exercises

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2016 | 4:49 PM

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 series, don't worry. You can still enjoy this installment; each blog stands pretty...

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How To Get Healthy (And Stay That Way)

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2016 | 12:01 PM

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 --...

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Make Health Decisions As If You Were Making Them For A Loved One

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2016 | 10:42 AM

We all know (for the most part) what is healthy. Fries or a salad? Vegetables and hummus or a chocolate bar? Water or coffee? The answers are obvious -- most healthy choices are not complicated. The problem is, when it comes to our own health, knowing and doing -- especially...

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It's The Simple Choices That Pay Off Most For Your Health

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2016 | 1:52 PM

Healthy eating doesn't have to be complicated, expensive, overwhelming or disgusting! I am sure that sounds like ridiculous "trainer talk," but it is actually true!

Instead of trying to overhaul all of your eating and lifestyle habits at once -- which often is overwhelming, complicated, expensive and sometimes even...

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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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