Category Archives: Healthy Directions

More on hacks

“Hacks” are basically innovative ways to motivate or trick yourself into exercising — a fun way of reframing the classic concept of “exercise motivation.” We all need motivation to exercise. I love moving and I still often need a gentle … Continue reading

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5 steps to get you off of the sofa

My book Finding Your Fit is available in stores October 1st – I feel like I am counting down till x-mas!! In this article I share a few of the main take-aways from the book. If you find them useful … Continue reading

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Posture 101

Almost everyone I know (including myself) needs to work on their posture; we all sit way too much, and it is almost impossible to sit for long periods without becoming slightly rounded forward. READ MORE

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How to Safely do a Cleanse

Last year I tried a fairly lengthy (and pricey) “cleanse.” Why? Partly for research, and partly because I was seeking a sense of control. Thinking rationally, I know that the feeling of control that a cleanse offers is fleeting, even … Continue reading

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Reaching Fitness Goals

Stay injury free and motivated this summer. Make exercise a habit and train for life! Remember that setbacks will happen, so be prepared and don’t let them derail your progress. Don’t aim for perfection, instead aim to persevere! READ MORE

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5 Things I Wish My Younger Self Had Known about Fitness and Life

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 … Continue reading

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6 tips to become a stronger, leaner and injury free cyclist

Make this cycling season the best yet. Spring brings a new season for urban cycling. Enjoy the benefits by following these 6 tips to become a stronger, leaner and injury free cyclist READ MORE

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How I trained myself to win the “will I or won’t I train” debate!

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 … Continue reading

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K’s 8 Tips for Weight Loss Success

Losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle takes such continuous mindfulness and dedication that it just plain sucks to work so hard, to give it your “all” and still not reach your goal. Believe me, I get it! If you … Continue reading

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Banish the “I am too Busy” Excuse

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 not a fitness professional, whose job it is to be fit, training can’t (and shouldn’t) … Continue reading

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Why Women Fear Strength Training

Even though it is 2014, and many of the gender stereotypes surrounding women being active have been broken, unfortunately many women still tend to have an ambiguous relationship with pure strength training. As a (partially reformed) endurance junkie, I speak … Continue reading

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A New Way of Thinking About Training and Exercise

Too many of us frame health and wellness around deprivation – becoming healthier ends up being about the cake you can’t eat and the social activity (like drinking) you have to cut out. No wonder so many people don’t sticks … Continue reading

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K’s Killer Kettlebell Workout

I am very honoured that Healthy Directions Magazine gave me a new nickname – “K”. I will have to get all my friends to call me “K” from now on 🙂 Kathleen Trotter offers this “minutes” kettlebell, full-body, work-out to … Continue reading

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Navigating The “Weight-Loss” Roller Coaster

Have you set a goal to lose some weight, maybe shed ten pounds for the summer? If so, my advice is, be wary of  promises along the lines of, “You can lose 12 pounds this month. Safely and for good!” … Continue reading

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Exercises to Alleviate Neck Pain

Pain in the neck? Too much screen time could be causing forward head syndrome. Okay, I know, the head and neck are not the most glamorous body parts to train. Getting nice legs or a toned tummy is often what motivates … Continue reading

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10 Simple Ways to Get Fit at Home

Sure, you can get a great workout at a gym, but the reality is, for most of us, spending an hour at the gym, plus traveling there and back is not a realistic long-term health solution. It is too much … Continue reading

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Find a Health and Fitness Buddy for Success

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 find a health buddy to help you stay … Continue reading

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Run Like a Pro with Interval Fitness Training

Say hello to spring with these “FUN” interval workouts! The world is your interval-fitness oyster! Spring is in the air (yay)! It is the perfect time to use interval training to mix up your workouts and bust through a fitness … Continue reading

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8 Fun Fitness Facts Every Exercise Enthusiast Should Know

Adopting a healthier lifestyle can be transformative, but with all the fitness information available, it can also be overwhelming. That is why I have devised a list of 8 important “fun fitness facts”. Everyone who exercises – from the newbie … Continue reading

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Prioritize Strength Training for Ultimate Fitness

Don’t just do cardio to get in shape. Do weights to get in shape; so, you can do your favourite cardio actives, such as running, for the rest of your life! Experience has taught me the wisdom of the words … Continue reading

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