Kathleen now blogging for the Huffington Post!

I am now blogging for Huffpost. I am really excited. The blog is about exercise, but is less formal than my Globe and Mail column. Take a look at my first post

2 Comments on “Kathleen now blogging for the Huffington Post!”

  1. Hi Kathleen! I’ve been keeping up with your posts on the Globe & Mail for a while now; I’m a fitness trainer, group exercise instructor and aqua fitness leader who is also a marathon runner. I’m finding that, as someone who is so immersed in ‘the field’; as much as I love fitness, I have my own low moments where I feel unmotivated, and despite having all this information, I just feel the need to shake things up a bit. The elliptical was getting very old and tedious, and I got into a rut with my weight training (shoulder/chest/arms, next day lower body, next day back/chest/arms, next day lower body, etc) that kind of upper/lower split that, at first, worked well for someone who works out all the time, but now I’m so used to it that I need some advice for how I can break into something else to get the fat-loss results that I want, while retaining the muscle gains I seek. I’ve looked at things like the ‘Insanity’ workout with some skepticism, but want something that challenges my cardio and resistance reserves, particularly with the marathon being less than 8 weeks away. What can you suggest to someone who is more of an advanced exerciser with a need to change things up? I’m kind of a victim of information overload!

    Thank you so much!

  2. Hey Jonathon. Thanks so much for taking the time to contact me. Congratulations on making exercise such an integral part of your life. Take a moment and pat yourself on the back. Being active on a regular basis is a huge accomplishment. Try not too be so hard on yourself. Many people strive to achieve your level of activity. We are all human, even fitness professionals:-) We have moments when we are not as motivated. I know that I do. Allow yourself these moments, it is good to have rest. Rest will allow you to recover, re-charge and avoid the negative effects of over-training. That said, have you tried any form of more “non-traditional training”? I train at a place called Dynamic Conditioning Centre (DCC) in Toronto. We do things like flip tires and swing sledge hammers. I love it!! Something like DCC or crossfit might be a good option. Another great option would be interval training like tabata. Take a look at these articles for some ideas on exercise methods and routines that might help get you excited about exercise again.

    Help!I’m bored of my elliptical trainer (This gives a sample interval pyramid)

    Whats a workout I can do at home when I cant get to the gym (This one talks about Tabata intervals. Also, try the “11’s that I talk about in the ‘trainer’s tip’)

    How to get maximum benefit from a mini-workout (This also talks about Tabata intervals)

    How do I motivate myself to exercise (This is about how to increase motivation)

    How should I prepare for my first triathlon (Since you already run marathons, maybe a new goal could be training for a triathlon?)

    How can I get back into a workout routine (This is about realistic goal setting)

    Will pyramid sets help my workout? (Add pyramid sets to your weight training routine)

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