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My name is Kathleen Trotter. I am a personal Trainer, Globe and Mail columnist, pilates equipment specialist, Huffington Post blogger and fitness writer. I am located in downtown Toronto. My services include personal training, personalized programs, group seminars and fitness writing. Visit my Fitness Training page to learn more. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to the left and keep up to date with fitness news, recipes and more. Feel free to contact me for information! My most recent articles are listed below.
- 1 Ironman (Ironwoman)
- 7 half-Ironman (also called 70.3)
- 10 Marathons
- Half-Marathons – too many to count!
The question: I always strain my neck when I do weights at the gym. What gives?
The answer: I empathize with you. Almost nothing is more annoying than trying to do something healthy, only to injure yourself in the process.
I have three suggestions:
1. Always meticulously monitor the position of your head and the muscle tone in your neck, especially when doing exercises like planks, crunches, squats and overhead presses. Your head should always be in line with your spine. Don’t let it jut forward or tip down, and make sure the superficial muscles in your neck don’t tense or pop out as you lift. Breathe! READ MORE
Whether you’re walking to the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom, take a walk on the (just a bit) wild side to improve your co-ordination and balance.
1. Turn to the left to stand perpendicular to where you’re headed, feet parallel. To move to the right, step your left foot over your right foot, then uncross your legs to bring your right foot back parallel with your left.
2. Next, step your left foot behind your right, then uncross your legs again. Continue alternating your left foot stepping over and behind your right until you reach your destination. READ MORE
Reader Sandra in Vancouver. asks: “Are nutritional supplements a beneficial addition to gaining, maintaining and retaining muscle for an active 56-year-old woman? I eat well and exercise, but have a tough time keeping muscle.” Globe Health’s fitness expert Kathleen Trotter explains:
First, let me say that having blood work done is the only way to learn with any certainty what vitamins and electrolytes you are deficient in, and therefore what supplements you actually need. READ MORE
The question: I want to go to the gym, but the cold weather is making it hard because my arthritis tends to act up. Any advice?
The answer: Instead of aiming to always go to the gym, aim to simply move daily.
That may sound like a semantic distinction, but it’s not. It can be hard enough to get motivated to exercise in general, let alone when you have joint pain. READ MORE