A Little about Me
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!
We all have a unique “flavour” (or multiple flavours) of health self-sabotage — a personalized justification system we use to rationalize our unhealthy choices. The trick is to identify your unique flavour — what I often refer to as your “negative brain propaganda.” Why? With awareness brings choice. It is once you are aware of unproductive thought patterns (propaganda) that you can figure out targeted solutions. READ MORE
Exercise makes you smarter. It helps with reasoning, multitasking, memory, planning, scheduling…
Aerobic exercise increase circulation and blood flow to the brain which in turn creates more neural pathways. But something called neurogenesis can occur with strength or weight bearing movement as well. READ MORE
The way out of a low mood is to move. Too often, exercise is primarily understood as a weight-management tool – the psychological effects being a bonus.
I suggest you flip it: Frame exercise as a mood-management tool with everything else being the bonus.
According to Dr. Patrick Smith, chief executive officer of the Canadian Mental Health Association, physical activity is increasingly a vital component in treating mental-health disorders. It helps reduce anxiety and depression and it reduces tension, fatigue and anger, as well as enhances self-esteem and social bonds. READ MORE
There are many things we do in life that we just cannot negotiate. Whether it’s going to work every day, picking up the kids from school, or a simple family tradition that is a must for you, there will always be things we prioritize. For many, unfortunately, exercise is not one of those things. Exercise is sometimes not seen as a necessity and if one can get away without doing it for the day, they will. READ MORE
1. DON’T FALL DOWN THE ALL-OR-NOTHING RABBIT HOLE!
Don’t let one unhealthy choice instigate a parade of unhealthy choices — don’t let your unhealthy choices “snowball.” Just because you opted for fries rather than salad, don’t automatically abandon your health goals altogether READ MORE
I am so excited to be part of this! An awesome podcast promoting living a full healthy and happy life! READ MORE
If loud, upbeat music and choreographed “dance-esque” moves – not to mention the potential to trip over your own feet as you turn, twist and often giggle – sounds intriguing, then aerobics might be for you.
If you’re thinking, “Aerobics? The nineties called. They want their workout back,” you are both right and wrong. Aerobics may be past its heyday, but the format is very much alive – with both original and updated versions (like Zumba). READ MORE
Until recently I believed I was the type of person who would hate — and suck at — meditation. I was also stuck in my ways. I liked what I liked and avoided what I didn’t.
Then I decided to live by the rule “certainty is the opposite of growth” and to be a more curious and open Kathleen — the “New Kathleen.” (You know the parable about the willow tree that bends versus the stable tree that cracks? My aim is to be the willow.) READ MORE
Whether you tag on some lunges while playing with your pup in the park or calf raises while doing the dishes — Kathleen provides examples of easy ways to fit in your workouts. WATCH NOW
Life is hectic. It can be hard to fit in time for fitness, especially in the fall. Kathleen Trotter is back with some tips and tricks to help you “piggyback” your workouts. WATCH NOW
Thanks @MarilisaRacco for another fun interview! Love being included in your articles!!
Between work, home life and plain old laziness, making time for the gym can seem like enough of an annoyance in the average person’s life. But compound that with the litany of annoying things other gym goers routinely engage in, and it comes as little surprise that the gym can seem like less a place to decompress and more something to be avoided.READ MORE
I am honoured to be the third expert on this list!!
When you want to skip your workout tell yourself that you have to move for a minimum of 10 minutes, but If you still want to stop after 10 minutes, you can. Shift your mindset. Take skipping your entire workout off of the table. Some movement is always better than no movement. READ MORE
I thrive workout-wise by constantly trying new “fun” workouts. I am somewhat “workout fickle,” but I am okay with that because variety keeps me interested. As … READ MORE
Looking to get in shape but don’t know where to start? Looking to add some excitement to your regular fitness regime? Want to win some prizes at the same time? If you answered yes to any of these questions READ NOW
Kathleen adheres to seven strategies that will set you up for health success. These steps will allow you to understand the dedication that goes into adopting a healthier lifestyle and what you need to do to keep up the momentum. READ MORE
Sustainable health change occurs not by finding a “perfect” diet — finding is fairly passive — but rather through creating an individualized health “mix.” Creating is active, and health is an active process. To create an individualized health mix, you have to learn about the various nutrition options available and parse out the nutritional guidelines that will work for YOU. READ MORE