Learn about Janet Omstead

Hey, I’m Jan! 

I’m here to help you get your health and wellness back on track so you can live your life to the fullest.

  • Master Behaviour-Change Health Coach

  • Author of The Play Book – How To Get in The Habit of Good Health

  • Canada’s Play Expert

  • Certified Personal Trainer

  • Speaker and Podcast guest

Has life given you a wake-up call? 

Maybe you got a concerning phone call from your doctor. Maybe the pandemic turned your world upside down. Maybe you’re burned out and finally reached your breaking point. 

Or maybe you received a not-so-gentle reminder that life is short.

I’ve been there. 

On the night of my bachelorette party, at 24 years old, I found myself in an emergency room with a very serious case of ovarian torsion. 

If my friends hadn’t driven me to the hospital when they did, I wouldn’t have lived to see my wedding day. 

That experience made me determined to live my life to the fullest. In pursuit of a good life, I discovered that healthy habits could make my life better, more fun, and more pleasurable.

Eventually, I became a fitness trainer and health coach to help people experience the same well-being I’ve enjoyed so much.

As a trainer, I amassed tons of certifications and credentials, but no matter how many skills or knowledge I gained, something seemed “off.”

Everywhere I looked, people seemed to think of fitness as a chore. So many people avoided exercise because they hated going to the gym. And many of the people in the gym were grinding themselves down, looking miserable and exhausted. 

I realized that something was missing. 

That “something” was play.

Play is the missing piece of the puzzle. 

Human beings are born to play. With a playful approach, we can integrate health and fitness seamlessly into our lives.

Yet, it’s absent from so many diet and fitness books, challenges, resolutions, and programs. 

So, with 20 years in health and fitness coaching under my belt, I went all-in on the idea of play. I researched the heck out of it, wrote a book on it, and developed a coaching method designed around it.

Today, I’m a play expert and health coach. Using my PLAY method, I help people with their movement, nutrition, sleep, and stress. 

My clients are busy, successful professionals who are ready to get their health back. 

They’re strapped for time, have too much stress, not enough sleep, and are used to putting other people’s needs before their own. 

With my support, they practice movement/exercise, good nutrition, better sleep, and stress reduction — all in a practical, playful way.

As a result, they improve their health markers, lose weight, move easier, and feel better. 

Best of all, they pursue what they want most in life, whether running around with their grandkids, chasing their bucket-list goals, or simply enjoying their day-to-day lives. 

When you’re healthy and playful, life is better. 

Life will always throw us curve balls. 

At 40, my family and I survived a terrible car accident caused by reckless drivers. 

As I write this, my husband is battling leukemia. 

There are always going to be challenges in our lives, things we can’t control. 

But I’ve learned that we can take control of our health. We can live life in a playful, grateful, enjoyable way. We can participate fully in life for as long as we’re here. 

I’m here to help you get your health and fitness back so that you can live your life to the fullest. 

Are you ready to start playing again?

Learn more about how Janet Omstead can help you develop healthy habits

  • Games, like healthy habits, often involve a learning curve, especially when new to them. Embracing a beginner's mindset means being patient with yourself as you navigate through the initial stages. Trying a new game like cornhole is like adopting a new healthy habit. You understand progress may be slow, but you can improve with consistency.

  • Summer play! It's the best time of year to shake up your routine and get outside to enjoy the great weather and longer days. Why not consider some playful, habit-boosting outdoor ways to get your heart rate up while enjoying yourself (and even connecting to your inner kid)?

  • By understanding NEAT, we can uncover the surprising health advantages of daily movement compared to a rigid three-day-a-week workout routine. Consistent daily activities and lifestyle habits can add to a healthier future over time. It's the #1 strategy to improve your health significantly.

  • The world is starting to understand how powerful healthy preventative habits like play and social connection are.

  • A health coach is a trained professional who works with clients to achieve their health and wellness goals. Whether it's weight loss, managing menopause symptoms, improving sleep or reducing stress and anxiety, a health coach can help you identify the changes you need to make to improve your overall well-being.

  • Moving your body through something as simple as a daily walk is a powerful self-care tool for improving anxiety and depression. Learn three key ways walking improves your mental health and how consistently moving more can make a meaningful difference over the long run.