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

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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I'm Changing My Eating Habits One Moment at a Time

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 5:42 PM

I had a revelation while preparing dinner a few nights ago. I was grilling meat and vegetables (mmm yummy), and I found myself nibbling while I cooked. Sure, it was all relatively healthy stuff -- vegetables, a few nuts, bites of grilled chicken -- but by the time I sat...

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Follow These Steps for Injury-Free Running

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 7:37 AM

Like many runners, I don't just love to run, I need to run. It keeps me sane.

If you are a newbie runner and you are thinking, "Kathleen's crazy! Who would ever need to run?" don't worry, give it time; you too will crave running.

The key word...

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Want to Be Healthy? Take the "Captain Obvious" Approach

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 8:04 AM

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 goji berries (or this month's equivalent miracle food). I am just saying that you don't need to spend oodles...

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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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