Category Archives: Injury

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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This Summer Become Active for Good; Break the Activity-Injury Cycle!

I don’t know about all of you, but I crave even more activity in the summer; it is like the sunshine is calling to me and inviting me outside. The light just makes me happier and puts an extra pep … Continue reading

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Your missing health link is recovery

Hot off of the press..my most recent Huffington Post blog! Sorry, “recovery” does not mean sit on the sofa and eat chips! :-p Curious what it does mean? READ MORE

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Two simple tools can give you the daily massage your body craves

Even if you can afford to see a massage therapist on a regular basis, what most of us need is daily self-care when it comes to dealing with aches and pains. You didn’t become chronically stiff and uncomfortable overnight. Two … Continue reading

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Follow These Steps for Injury-Free Running

Like many runners, I don’t just love to run, I need to run. It keeps me sane. If you are a newbie runner and you are thinking, “Kathleen’s crazy! Who would ever need to run?” don’t worry, give it time; … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Do your legs feel overly sore after cycling? Six mistakes to watch for

The question: Spin classes have caused my IT bands to hurt. I have been told to use foam rollers to massage my legs. Is that true and should I be doing anything else? The answer: Absolutely, keep using the roller. … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Why is my physiotherapist telling me not to do yoga?

The question: I love yoga. I have recently been cleared by my physiotherapist to start exercising again after a slight disk bulge. I assumed yoga would be good for me, but I was told it is not. Why? Can’t I … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Fitness Basics – The most common upper-body stretching mistakes

Trainer Kathleen Trotter goes over common things people do wrong when stretching out their upper body. READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail: Fitness Basics – The most common mistakes when doing dips

Trainer Kathleen Trotter shows you common things people do wrong when attempting dips at the gym READ MORE

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Healthy Shoulders 101

Despite all our advanced training and rapidly developing sports medicine, shoulder injuries are still far too common (not to mention annoying). Once you’ve had one, you NEVER want a recurrence. Not only does a sore shoulder stop you from playing … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail Stealth Workout: Hold Onto Your Seat

Sitting much? It can be a pain in the neck, but this quick stretch offers some instant relief. Hold the side of a chair tightly with your right hand. Bend your left ear toward your left shoulder while using your … 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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Globe & Mail: Stealth Workout: Pillow Power

You’ve been sitting all day, haven’t you? Treat yourself to this feel-good upper-body stretch when you get home. Lay two pillows lengthwise – the thicker, the better – to lie down on. Make sure your pelvis and head are supported. … Continue reading

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Latest Newsletter – June 2014

The June Newsletter is available! Check it out for tips on how to mitigate the negative effects of sitting all day – we all sit way too much! Also, I’ve included 2 exercises of the month. Read the Newsletter

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Globe & Mail Stealth Workout: Pillow Power

You’ve been sitting all day, haven’t you? Treat yourself to this feel-good upper-body stretch when you get home. Read More

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Globe & Mail: Should I be worried about injuries if I’m a heavier runner?

The question: I run regularly and love it. I consider myself a heavier runner. Is running at a heavier weight causing my body long-term damage? The answer: I love running too much to tell anyone who is injury-free to stop. … Continue reading

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Want to Stay Active? Get Out of Body Debt

Too many of us take our bodies for granted. We sit for hours, or train constantly (me!) without fully contemplating the stress our lifestyle places on our bodies. Sure, some of us pretend to take care for ourselves — we … Continue reading

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The Importance of Periodization

If you’re wondering what the heck “periodization” is, don’t worry – you didn’t miss a fitness memo. Periodization isn’t a new buzzword, even if it should be. Periodization is a training style often used by athletes in which you cycle … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: I’ve heard that Pilates is bad for your back. Is that true?

The question: Some people tell me Pilates is good for my posture, but others have told me all the crunches in pilates are actually bad for my posture and lower back. Which is correct? The answer: At the risk of … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: Boot camps and cleanses: Do they work? Are they safe?

The question: I really want to kick-start some healthy changes to my life, so I’m thinking of doing a two-week boot camp and cleanse. Are they effective, and are they safe? The answer: It really depends on the severity of … Continue reading

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