Globe & Mail: I want to work out, but my friends just want to eat and drink

I want to work out, but my friends just want to eat and drink. What can I do?The question: I recently lost 30 pounds, but my friends are not being supportive. In fact, sometimes I think they are trying to sabotage my success by encouraging me to go out for dinner and drinks and skip my workouts. Any suggestions on what I should say and do?

The answer: First, take a moment to be proud of yourself! Try not to let your friend’s reactions detract from your sense of accomplishment. I know, easier said than done, but remember: Adopting a healthier lifestyle is for you, not them. Read More

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Get Fit for Seasonal Sports

Get Fit for Seasonal SportsKathleen Trotter is a personal trainer, Pilates equipment expert, Globe and Mail fitness columnist and blogger. She says, “Don’t use running to get in shape, get in shape to run!” Beginners or sedentary individuals need to start off slowly to gradually build up their stamina. Listen Here

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Globe & Mail: An easy way to add extra cardio to your workout

Link to VideoReady for an extra workout? Trainer Kathleen Trotter shows you the easiest ways to add cardio intervals to your strength training. Watch the Video

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Beyond the Cheers April 16

Beyond the CheersKathleen will be on the @beyondthecheers radio show today, Wednesday April 16th at 7pm. Check out the details and tune in here

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Run Like a Pro with Interval Fitness Training

Run Like a Pro with Interval Fitness TrainingSay 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 plateau. Read More.

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Globe & Mail: Will menu calorie counts really make you more healthy?

Will menu calorie counts really make you more healthy?The question: What do you think of Ontario’s proposal to list calories on chain restaurant menus?

The answer: Exercising discipline at a restaurant takes so much self-control. No one needs the frustration of picking the “healthy” option only to learn it had more calories than the burger and fries. If the added information even slightly increases everyone’s nutritional mindfulness, or it helps just one person catch the hidden traps on the menu, it is worth the effort needed to make the information available. Read More

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An unusual smoothie

An unusual smoothieBroccoli Beet Smoothie from HEAL Nutrition: An unusual smoothie with high nutrition and good taste! Get the Recipe

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Globe & Mail: Use this combo exercise to breathe new life into your day

The Midday BoosterThe Midday Booster: It stretches your chest and shoulders, strengthens your upper back, reinforces good posture and, most importantly, promotes blood flow. Read More

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Globe & Mail: Get motivated to hit the gym

Link to VideoTrainer Kathleen Trotter tells you how her ‘law of initial value’ helps her get to the gym – especially when she’s not feeling it. Watch the Video.

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Globe & Mail: These horizontal moves strengthen your bum, core and ankles

strengthen your core and anklesThe Leg Up: If you’re a morning runner, you can start warming up before you even get out of bed. These horizontal moves strengthen your bum, core and – key for runners – your ankles. Read More

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