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

Taking a Break Will Help Your Running Life

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 10:55 PM

For the last three February's I have taken a break from running. Not running is brutally hard for me, but I figure if I have to give up my passion, I should do it in Winter. I hate being cold!!

Even so, I always hate the first few days of...

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How To Make Healthy Eating Simple -- And Fast

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 11:53 AM

Most of us have enough stressors in our lives. Healthy eating shouldn't be yet another one, but unfortunately, for most of us it is.

Eating should make us feel energized, not overwhelmed and defeated

It has taken me years, but I have managed to gradually make healthy eating my...

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7 Tips To Keep You On Track in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 9:56 PM

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...

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Make Fitness Fun With These New Workout Ideas

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 2:24 PM

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 position ludicrous. Typically training is thought...

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You Can Have a Healthy Vacation and Have Fun at the Same Time

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 11:46 AM

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...

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It's Not Just What You Eat, But Why and How

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 12:36 PM

I was at a wedding recently and the person sitting beside me was eating a very large piece of cake while simultaneously telling me about her great new gluten-free diet. She had fallen into a common dieting trap: using the rules of her nutrition regime to justify less than optimal...

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How Unhealthy "Health Food" Is Derailing Your Diet

(5) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 12:40 PM

To quote a friend, unhealthy choices are often just "easier and more delicious." I get it! Until you are in a "health groove" (and let's face it, even sometimes when you're in the groove) take-out and sitting on the sofa can come more naturally than a trip to the gym...

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There's a Right and a Wrong Way to Do a Cleanse

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 12:49 PM

So, I have a confession to make. It may sound hypocritical, and part of me can't believe that I am admitting this, but after years and years of discouraging my clients to go on "cleanses," I myself recently succumbed and did a fairly lengthy (and pricey) "cleanse."

Why? I am...

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5 Crucial Fitness Tips I Wish I'd Known When I Was Younger

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 12:45 PM

I'm "only" 31, so it may be premature to already have a list to tell my younger self, but I have been a trainer for almost 12 years, and working out seriously for 16, so I feel I am entitled to at least a preliminary list.

Since I don't...

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I Think I'm Going to Break Up...With Running

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 11:47 PM

For the past two months I have been seriously debating breaking up with running.

If you know me, you know, that is a big deal.

For the last 12 years, running has been my happy place. Whether I was single or committed, lighter or heavier, moody or tired, running...

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Want to Stay Active? Get Out of Body Debt

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 12:31 PM

Too many of us take our bodies for granted. We sit for hours, or train constantly (me!) without fully contemplating the stress our lifestyle places on our bodies.

Sure, some of us pretend to take care for ourselves -- we stretch for five minutes after a run, or get...

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Of Course You're Busy, But Are You Really Too Busy to Work Out?

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 8:55 AM

A few weeks ago, a colleague posted the following on Facebook: "'I don't have time' is the grown-up equivalent of 'the dog ate my homework'."

I know that we all need to go to work, pay the rent, grocery shop, sleep and negotiate the demands of life. If you are...

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Think About Your Relationship With Your Body, Not How It Looks Today

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 11:19 AM

Every once in a while, members of the fitness media will highlight the extreme diet and exercise regimes that make up the "dark side" of the fitness field. Of course, this stance can be slightly hypocritical since so much of the field is predicated on selling both the product --...

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Almost One Month into 2014...Are Your Goals Holding Up?

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:27 AM

Are you struggling to follow through on your New Year's resolutions? Don't be discouraged. Believe me, you are not alone. The further it gets from the start of any goal, the harder it can become for most of us (including myself) to stay on track.

Start by reminding yourself...

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Want to achieve your 2014 health and fitness goals? You may need to do things you don't want to do!

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 1:57 AM

It has been a while since I posted a blog. I have been trying to formulate my 2014 New Years fitness "thoughts". If you regularly read my blogs, you know I love fitness. From my point of view, adopting a healthier lifestyle doesn't have to be about deprivation. Instead, it...

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If the Couch Is Winning Out Over Exercise, Consider This

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 10:25 AM

Have you ever planned to workout before work, only to snooze your alarm? Or, bailed on an evening training session last minute? I know that I have. Even the most motivated exerciser will occasionally lose the internal "will I or won't I train" debate. I LOVE being active, but nevertheless,...

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Ladies, You Can Strength Train Without Getting "Bulky"

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 4:34 PM

Don't be afraid to strength train! As a (partially reformed) endurance junkie, I speak from experience! Strength exercises, and the muscles that come with them, are a good thing! I am sure most people could benefit from infusing more true strength work into their routine, but from personal experience I...

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Banish "Perfection" From Your Workout Vocabulary

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 10:52 PM

Stop trying to find the "perfect" week to start exercising, or assuming that every workout has to unfold perfectly as planned. If you can't make your spin class, or do your entire gym routine, don't abandon ship altogether. Go for a walk, do a modified gym routine, or do a...

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You Want to Be Healthier? Make it Non-Negotiable

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 12:20 PM

Recently, a number of people commented that they envied my "discipline" and "dedication to my health." The comments caught me slightly off guard -- to be honest I don't really consider myself particularly disciplined.

I responded that most of my choices don't seem like choices -- I have structured...

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8 Fun Fitness Facts

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 12:20 AM

One of my favorite annual events is the Can-Fit-Pro fitness conference and trade show. I hang out with friends, attend heath related lectures, and buy new fitness gadgets. A fitness instructor's heaven! Every year I think "fitness enthusiasts would want to know this stuff!" So, I decided to compile a...

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