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FEATURED PODCASTSMy Instruction Manual Keith McArthur is a dad, writer, husband, publisher, kidney transplant recipient, brother, friend, ex-journalist, ex-PR guy, ex-business executive, learning to become happier, healthier and more productive. He Is launching "The Instruction Manual" podcast October 30. I am a regular contributor feautured on this new podcast. Check it out and add to your podcast library! WATCH NOW
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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!
- Tanya was such a joy to work with!! I am excited for everyone to hear our conversation!! Finding your Fit with Kath… https://t.co/r04DcsyL0R
- This podcast was a JOY to record - I felt like Tanja was my long lost sister!! Ascend Fitness + Lifestyle Dundurn... https://t.co/qfl5kKe63o
- New website coming Jan 2018! Get ready........
- Just finished an awesome photoshoot 😀 Took photos for book #2 coming Jan 2019 AND my new website. Site will... https://t.co/KP9VRmY480
- The holidays are coming (I am excited). This year, stay on your health horse by pinpointing your linchpin and BNB... https://t.co/1jExadF4D1
- 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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Within fitness discourse, supposedly “soft” concepts such as “compassion,” “appropriate responses,” and “self-trust” are too often understood as, at best, secondary to the discipline needed to “be fit” and, at worst, the opposite of what a “disciplined” person needs. READ … Continue reading
“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
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 … Continue reading
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
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
I am so excited to be part of this! An awesome podcast promoting living a full healthy and happy life! READ MORE
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. … Continue reading
Thanks Marilisa Racco for another fun interview! Doing a bunch of crunches or planks won’t give you six-pack abs unless you have no body fat to begin with. To change a body part, you need to do three things: strength … Continue reading
I am honoured to have been included in this……what an inspirational group of fitness professionals! 🙂 The main take-away being “Make daily motion a “non negotiable”! We are all busy…but we are never too busy to MOVE” 🙂 READ MORE
I had such fun yesterday goofing around with Dylan Black on Rogers Ottawa – I got to throw a medicine ball at him! Talk about fitness fun 🙂 Take a look!
Hitting the road this summer? Don’t forget to manage your health! Watch as Kathleen gives tips on how you can make this summer’s trips healthier and tastier! WATCH NOW!
Kathleen sheds some light on what foods that are disguised as being healthy but are completely unhealthy. WATCH NOW!
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! … Continue reading
Too many of us let “brain propaganda” highjack our lives. You know what I am talking about: “Who cares if I hit the snooze button and miss my workout just this once?” Or, “I can eat this cake — what … Continue reading
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
It really SUCKS to work hard…..AND still not reach your fitness goals!! Watch my BT Montreal interview to learn how you might be sabotaging your health success!! Thanks Derick Fage for the fun – always a BLAST!! WATCH NOW!
A health entourage consists of people who will help you succeed in meeting your health goals. Read my article on creating your health posse in Discover Life magazine. READ NOW
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 … Continue reading
We all have cravings. We all want to skip workouts. We all do the “should I or shouldn’t I?” internal health debate. You know what I am talking about: the internal push-pull that happens right before we decide to make — … Continue reading