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 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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Don't Blame Genetics For Your Body

(5) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 4:28 PM

In my last blog, among other things, I problematized the '30 Day squat challenge'. In retrospect, although I stand behind my arguments, I wish instead of simply being critical, I had argued the same points by quoting a writer's work that I admire. It is often too easy, and not...

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Why the 30-Day Squat Challenge Won't Work For You

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 8:08 AM

Anyone who reads my work regularly knows that I LOVE helping people adopt a healthier, more active lifestyle. In fact, some might call it my life's mission!!

One of the most important things to remember when you are trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle is that your age, gender,...

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Want to Get Healthy? Think Positive

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 10:34 PM

Recently a client confessed to me that she loves running because it "makes her feel free." She injured her foot about a year ago and for roughly six months she couldn't walk without pain, let alone run. Now she runs five to seven kilometers a minimum of three times per...

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Find Fitness Success by Getting a Health Buddy

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 12:09 PM

I seem to regularly offer up the same pieces of advice. One of them being that improved health doesn't "just happen." Everyone needs to find ways to set themselves up for health and fitness success. The more ways, the better!

One method of setting yourself up for success is to...

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Being Mindful While You Exercise Will Get You Results

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 5:32 PM

As far as I know, before last week the term "costume jewelry workout" did not exist. I credit my client Amanda with the phrase's genesis. (It was particularly impressive since she came up with the phrase at 6:15 a.m. I am barely awake at that hour.)

Amanda first used the...

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How to Be More Active Outside the Gym

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 12:22 PM

I spend lots of time and energy motivating people to exercise. This month I had an epiphany -- in addition to encouraging people to do institutionalized forms of exercise, like strength training and 'going to the gym,' I need to start stressing the importance of sitting less. 'Going to the...

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