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The Globe and Mail: What meditation can and can’t do

If you’re curious how to mute your mind’s constantly churning to-do list, effectively dispute your inner critic and savour life’s “little things,” then meditation might be for you. Since meditation was, until recently, outside my wheelhouse, I tried to immerse … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Why it pays to stretch before you get out of bed

Too many of us wake up feeling stiff and achy. When you think about it, stiffness makes sense. Perhaps you did not stretch appropriately postworkout. More likely, you went directly to bed after sitting all day (at the office, in … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: How to walk, squat or simply move your way to a better state of mind

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 … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Effective stretching is key to your workout success

Too often, individuals are given the advice, “Don’t forget to stretch” – as if stretching is both a monolithic category of movement and uniformly positive. Both assumptions are overly simplistic and potentially dangerous. READ NOW

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The Globe and Mail: Going away for the holidays doesn’t have to mean missing your workout

Being away from home and not having equipment is not a reason – at least not a good one – to skip your workout. An effective training session is always possible. You just need motivation and a strategically packed suitcase. … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: A gear guide for exercising at home

For long-term health success you need to find a workout that is both convenient and enjoyable (or at least palatable) so that you will do it consistently. READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail: Four tips for helping a loved one make healthier choices

I am really proud of my recent Health Advisor column. One of my favourite quotes had to be cut for space….originally the column included the following – “As Dr. Fordyce, a seminal thinker in cognitive behavioural theory, pain management and … Continue reading

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Globe and Mail: Gravity machine mixes weight training and Pilates for full-body workout

The Gravity machine is like a cousin to the Pilates Reformer. Like the Reformer, the Gravity machine consists of a moving platform (which you can kneel on or lie on face up, sideways or face down) sandwiched between a foot … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Kettlebell-only workouts offer intense full-body challenge

I love that trying a kettlebell class is part of my job and that I have a friend who is willing to sweat through a workout with me! Thank you Bang fitness for having us, and thank you Em for … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Three exercises to strengthen your feet

Don’t forget to strengthen your feet. They need to be strong and adaptive enough to support your entire body READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail: Pregnant? It may be time to correct your posture

Working toward a more ideal posture is important for everyone, but it is particularly important for anyone who is currently or has ever been pregnant; ideal posture decreases the frequency and intensity of back and pelvic pain, prolapses and incontinence, … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: How to mitigate the negative effects of cycling on your body

From one cyclist to another cyclist….a few helpful fitness tips! Nothing improves my mood more than a long bike ride in the country, so I say this next part with reservations (and sadness). Cycling has its dark side – possibly … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Turns out sleeping can help you shed those extra pounds

If you are eating healthy and exercising meticulously, yet still struggling to lose weight, lack of sleep may be your missing link. That’s because when you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces more ghrelin, the “hunger hormone.” READ MORE

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New Globe and Mail Bio!

I just got word that The Globe and Mail is officially changing my bio to include information about my new book Finding Your Fit 🙂 This is all starting to feel so real!! New bio will read – Kathleen Trotter … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Swimming is a great way to get in shape if you have joint problems

Swimming provides an excellent non-impact cardiovascular workout. Being in the water allows you to challenge your heart and lungs without stressing your joints, which means swimming can be an appropriate mode of exercise for people living with osteoarthritis or other … Continue reading

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Piggybacking

I call it “piggybacking” – BJ Fogg calls it finding “tiny #habits”. We are both saying roughly the same thing. Basically, find a habit that is already “non negotiable” and piggyback a new healthy habit onto it. Or, to use … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Weight loss is not always the answer to better health

I am very proud to share my most recent The Globe and Mail column. I think it contains a really important main take-away. Basically – get moving and remember that your health is a life long, always evolving process. I … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Interval rowing is exercise that goes beyond treadmills and bikes

If a workout on a rowing machine lulls you to sleep, try an interval rowing class. Rather than rowing endlessly, you sprint during time or distance intervals, compete (in a friendly way) against classmates and use different stroke speeds. With … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: How to prevent golf injuries after a winter off

Too many people underestimate the stress that golf puts on the body; after months of not golfing during the winter, they jump right back in. To prevent injuries, golfers need proper biomechanics and a specific base level of strength, range … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Instead of a give-and-take approach to health, just ‘find your kiwi’

Too often health is framed as deprivation: Something you have to do rather than something you want to do, an existence based on the cake you can’t eat and the social activity (such as drinking) you have to cut out. … Continue reading

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