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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
Great ways to FIND YOUR FIT at work!
Can't get to the gym? That is NOT an excuse to be a sloth - you can FIND YOUR FIT at your DESK! :-) Learn how in my CTV Morning Live interview!! Thanks Courtney for being such a welcoming host! WATCH NOW!!
This is how long you’ll need to work out to burn off your sweet summer treats
Thanks Marilisa Racco for another fun interview :-)
“We often think of calories in and calories out for weight management, but that’s dangerous,” says Kathleen Trotter, Toronto-based fitness expert and author of Finding Your Fit. “The action that food plays on the body is more complex than that. Preservatives and sugar are harder for the liver to process, and that affects your insulin levels and cortisol.”
But the last thing Trotter wants to do is discourage people from working out. READ NOW
Turn your strength workout into a “brain workout”
Yes, exercising makes you stronger, but it also makes you smarter. Kathleen shares all the details! WATCH NOW
Turn your Strength Workout Into a “Brain Workout”
Watch as Kathleen shares how exercise works out not just your body but your brain as well. WATCH NOW
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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.
GLOBE AND MAIL SWEAT TEST
Aerial yoga is a fun and novel workout, but it has the potential for injury
These Toronto aerial-yoga joints mix things up with body-suspending ‘silks,’ but it will only be fun if you survive injury-free. READ MORE
GLOBE AND MAIL FITNESS VIDEO
The Globe and Mail: Five reasons to never do crunches again
Ditch crunches.. try some planks instead!! Loved filming this recent series of videos in my studio!!
Crunches are a staple of abdominal workouts, but do the results match the reputation? Personal trainer Kathleen Trotter is here to dispel the crunches myth and steer you in a better direction WATCH NOW
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How to transition from the treadmill to running outside
Do you always run on a treadmill? Are you thinking about running outside and / or training for a fall race? Races don't typically occur
on a treadmill....so make sure to do some running outside in preparation! READ MORE
HUFFINGTON POST BLOG
PART THREE: What to know before you go vegetarian or vegan
I have a bugaboo about the concept of the "perfect diet." There is no one "perfect" diet; everyone's ideal eating "mix" will be unique to their needs, goals, and genetics.
PART FOUR: Most People Shouldn't Attempt Low-Carb Diets Like Keto Or Paleo
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
HUFFINGTON POST BLOG ‘FAVOURITE THINGS’ SPRING EDITION
It is that time again ... "favourite things" time! In February 2016 I compiled my first "favourite things" blog -- a list of current favourite exercises, nutrition tips, recipes, and health mantras. I am now obsessed with these lists; stockpiling beloved mantras and exercises to share is such a pocket of joy. This edition includes two of my favourite fascial stretches, my mantras of the month, and tips on how to use exercise to boost your immune health. READ MORE
Stop trying to find the "perfect" health plan. Develop a realistic roadmap tailored to fit your lifestyle realities.
Meditation is not scary... I promise
There is a common, often fear-based, misconception that you have to be a particular “type” of person to meditate; if "I got a dime" every time someone said something like, “I can’t get my mind to shut up — I would be the worst at meditation” ...
If you can hear yourself uttering such words, run — don’t walk — towards a meditation practice. Typically, the more impossible meditation feels, the greater the body’s need. READ MORE
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Movement is a non-negotiable
I always enjoy talking about my book Finding Your Fit....but I particularly enjoyed this interview. Kelly was such a joy to chat with! Being interviewed was an honour and a pleasure! :-) LISTEN NOW
Weekend with Jim Brickman: Finding Your Fitness Personality
Why do you go to the gym? Is it a place where you can be social, or an escape from the busy world outside? Whatever the reason, the easiest way to fit fitness into your day is to piggyback it into your daily routine. Listen now and get some tips on how YOU can find your fitness personality!
The Art of Wellness
Tony Mark is such a pleasure to spend an hour with!! We get along like a house on fire!! Photo on left is from our recent interview. Photo on bottom right from a few years ago. Tony looks the same.....I used to look like such a baby!!! LOL LISTEN NOW!
- The Globe and Mail: What meditation can and can’t do
- The Globe and Mail: Why it pays to stretch before you get out of bed
- The Globe and Mail: How to walk, squat or simply move your way to a better state of mind
- Globe and Mail: Sweat Test: Need to mix up your workout? Try the organized – yet fun – chaos of aerobics
- The Globe and Mail: How to transition from the treadmill to running outside
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The summer weather has arrived – yeah! Since sunshine makes everything seem more manageable – including being active – now is the perfect time to participate in your favorite sport and / or try something NEW! READ NOW!
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
It is now approaching the end of January. Unfortunately, although not surprisingly, this means many people have started to abandon their New Year’s goals. The ‘New Years’ gym crowds have started to thin. Home exercise equipment around the globe is … Continue reading