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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A Few Of My Favourite Things -- The November Edition

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2016 | 11:59 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 | 1:07 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 | 5:49 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 | 1:01 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 | 11:42 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 | 2:52 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 | 10:36 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 | 1:25 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 | 2:50 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 | 5:22 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 | 11:50 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 | 12:54 PM

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 | 3:05 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 | 12:53 PM

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 | 12:33 PM

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 | 3:05 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 | 12:28 PM

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 | 2:26 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 | 1:07 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 | 3:30 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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