By Janet Omstead|2020-04-30T19:26:33+00:00May 1st, 2020|
Did you know that 70% of lifestyle-related diseases are preventative with better lifestyle choices? Prevention is key. Most people aren't very good at it, though, and it's tempting to ignore a problem that could signal something worse.
By Janet Omstead|2020-04-23T12:55:35+00:00April 24th, 2020|
I wouldn't be a good coach if I encouraged the people I work with to stick within their limits. When I have clients that are stuck in their health journeys, I really understand their fear of change. What's the worst that can happen? What's the upside? What's the best that can happen? You have to lean into negative feelings to get you to the other side of what you know you deserve.
By Janet Omstead|2020-04-16T17:09:10+00:00April 17th, 2020|
All movement matters, including the fun stuff like playing with your kids or grandkids, things like cooking, shopping, gardening, standing around, and fidgeting. Make your N.E.A.T activity fun, and you are more likely going to be consistent, which will add quality to your life.
By Janet Omstead|2020-04-13T20:38:51+00:00April 13th, 2020|
For many people, focussing just on weight loss will always make exercise a struggle. It's not about abs or the scale. The best part about exercise (play) IS about improving your quality of life and the ability to fight disease.
By Janet Omstead|2020-04-10T12:05:30+00:00April 10th, 2020|
There are seldom times in life, quite like this, where globally, we have all become acutely aware of how much human connection AND our health matter so much. It's like the universe pushed a giant "pause" button.
By Janet Omstead|2020-04-24T14:45:37+00:00April 6th, 2020|
You don't need to be athletic to play. When you focus on enjoyment, rather than performance, moving your body becomes more playful and fun. Find something you LOVE to do rather than HAVE to do. You will be amazed at how consistently you'll want to show up. No time like the present to move a little more!
By Janet Omstead|2020-04-03T10:57:41+00:00April 3rd, 2020|
Learning to manage stress is possible with time and awareness. How can you "play" your way to boost your body's response to stress less? Here are three ways to improve your body's happy chemicals while you start building your stress resilience.
By Janet Omstead|2021-06-01T01:10:44+00:00March 31st, 2020|
If you don't know your number, it's time to get your blood pressure checked. You can probably recite from memory the lifestyle factors that are recommended for promoting heart health and controlling blood pressure. Regular physical activity and a plant-rich, low-salt diet to managing stress and body weight help in managing high blood pressure. But the [...]
By Janet Omstead|2020-03-27T13:51:16+00:00March 27th, 2020|
Yes, things suck right now globally on such an unimaginable scale, and they are getting worse before they get better. I'm not saying it hasn't hurt to change our daily routines, but honestly, this is where short term pain means long term gain. By re-evaluating what matters to you and how you will manage your life when this is all said and done. We all can see that our health is the only thing that truly matters.
By Janet Omstead|2020-03-23T19:50:34+00:00March 23rd, 2020|
While the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to evolve, no one knows how long we will be at home for, or having to stay inside. Rather than sitting on the couch or surfing the internet, how can you start a routine, or play "habit" where you're moving your body now so that it will pay off for the weeks to come? Here's your chance to do something different than you've done before! Play (exercise) is an incredible opportunity to find joy in life and to engage our mind, body and spirit in the relentless pursuit of happiness. And it's FREE. Why not FaceTime, Zoom, or Google Hangout with friends or family and get moving (at a distance) together?
By Janet Omstead|2020-03-13T11:53:59+00:00March 13th, 2020|
Preventing diseases these days seems complicated. While there are no guarantees in life (each day is a gift), illness and disability are genetically, environmentally, age or lifestyle-related issues that often begin before people know they are affected. When it comes to protecting your health, washing your hands has always been one of the best places to [...]
By Janet Omstead|2020-03-06T01:39:55+00:00March 6th, 2020|
During a conversation with a client this week, he asked if a bike was better than an elliptical or a treadmill to strengthen his legs. I said quite honestly that there is no right or wrong answer. Then I explained why.
By Janet Omstead|2020-02-28T04:14:54+00:00February 28th, 2020|
My mother has always been one to be on the move daily and feels good about it. Whether it was housework, playing golf, going to aquafit or skiing, she was never one to go to the gym. Sometimes when I feel less like showing up, I have to look at my mother for motivation
By Janet Omstead|2020-02-21T18:36:53+00:00February 21st, 2020|
Having a vision is a crucial component of how you imagine functioning in the future. So many people don't look far enough ahead, and sadly, as we age, unless we work at protecting our health by playing (exercise), eating well and managing stress, our quality of life isn't always guaranteed to be there.
By Janet Omstead|2020-02-14T17:25:56+00:00February 14th, 2020|
How do you measure a life? If you live to be 80 years old, your heart would have beaten approximately 3,363,840,000 times!
What if I told you that there is one way to help keep your heart healthy and functioning well through your lifetime?
By Janet Omstead|2021-05-31T22:08:35+00:00February 12th, 2020|
Insightful tips and tricks on how to have fun with fitness plus incorporating movement into daily life that is practical yet effective.
By Janet Omstead|2020-02-07T20:30:33+00:00February 7th, 2020|
Adding healthy habits to your life is easy. Finding creative ways to shape your environment is like adding a silent partner to support your playtime. For example, putting on Cooper's collar first thing in the morning is a signal that a walk is about to happen. Likewise, you can put your running shoes by your bed at night as a trigger for your brain to get active first thing in the morning.
By Janet Omstead|2020-01-31T17:41:18+00:00January 31st, 2020|
When you think of your reality, ability, and current lifestyle, what small actions could you take right now to move you closer to your health or wellness goals? How can Kobe Bryant's mantra help you live today to inspire tomorrow.
By Janet Omstead|2020-01-24T03:46:29+00:00January 24th, 2020|
It's my birthday and I want to give you a gift - the gift of motivation to play (or exercise). I want to give you this today, on my birthday, as a little motivation to connect with someone for your physical and mental health. The world can be your playground and you can fight lifestyle-related diseases at the same time to live a longer, healthier life.
By Janet Omstead|2020-01-17T13:37:45+00:00January 17th, 2020|
Slowly, with consistent effort, your old ways CAN lead to permanent change for your lifetime - not just your New Years Resolution:)
By Janet Omstead|2020-01-10T19:08:01+00:00January 10th, 2020|
Look at the whole day as an opportunity to play more, sit less and turn up the music to get fit. The positive effects of heart-pumping movements cause your body to release endorphins naturally - endorphins are your happy and pain-killing hormones - and also improve your circulation because more oxygen is going into your blood. Increasing oxygen decreases stress.
By Janet Omstead|2020-01-04T13:53:50+00:00January 4th, 2020|
Small daily actions towards better health not only builds confidence but can allow you to continue to play well into the next year and beyond.
By Janet Omstead|2020-01-20T11:39:21+00:00December 27th, 2019|
Optimal health like a football game. The object of the game of health is to get the "ball" into the endzone with as little interference as possible.
By Janet Omstead|2019-12-20T14:09:31+00:00December 20th, 2019|
"Quick fix" diets and restrictive programs do not work in the long run — they are setting you up for failure. Here's what to do instead.
By Janet Omstead|2019-12-14T00:18:22+00:00December 14th, 2019|
As a health coach and personal trainer, I work with a variety of clients and I see first hand the value in investing in healthy habits. Wouldn’t you rather come at your health as a preventative method rather than reversing an existing problem? “If you don’t make time for your wellness now, you’ll be forced to make time for [...]
By Janet Omstead|2019-12-06T16:03:01+00:00December 6th, 2019|
If you Google "different types of coaching," there are 182,000,000 results. There is a coach for almost anything you need help with – from personal through to career. It's useful having an objective guide to help you make the most of what you envision for your future. "Failing to plan is planning to fail." For example, [...]
By Janet Omstead|2019-12-02T20:31:32+00:00November 29th, 2019|
Running is my favourite form of play and joining a running group in a foreign country turned out to be one of the best choices I've made. Not only did the group become an excellent tribe for me, but it is where my introduction to personal training and coaching began.
By Janet Omstead|2023-03-21T17:57:46+00:00November 22nd, 2019|
It can be challenging to keep motivated to exercise when it's dark and cold outside. Have no fear - this simple strategy can help!
By Janet Omstead|2019-11-15T21:49:45+00:00November 15th, 2019|
Three (3) easy ways exercise help fight social isolation while keeping you fit and happy
By Janet Omstead|2019-11-08T22:34:24+00:00November 8th, 2019|
How you can reframe dieting and exercise to health and play inspired by Oprah’s October 2019 magazine
By Janet Omstead|2023-03-21T20:10:19+00:00November 3rd, 2019|
Does the time change and colder weather have you feeling like hibernating? The perfect RX: Go out and play, says Janet Omstead, a health coach and author.
By Janet Omstead|2019-11-02T03:09:08+00:00November 1st, 2019|
How can you fuel your body in todays hectic world and still enjoy the process? Take a lesson from the French!
By Janet Omstead|2019-10-25T20:18:25+00:00October 25th, 2019|
Solving the global inactivity crisis is not an easy task unless we consider starting with something easy like making time for recess
By Janet Omstead|2019-11-02T03:19:59+00:00October 17th, 2019|
Drinking enough water daily can be a challenge for many but in this video, Health Coach Janet Omstead shows a simple way to make it easier!
By Janet Omstead|2019-10-17T12:22:00+00:00October 10th, 2019|
Janet Omstead’s podcast interview that reveals her three near-death experiences that has profoundly influenced her perspective on life and play.
By Janet Omstead|2021-05-31T22:32:14+00:00June 21st, 2019|
As a PLAY expert, I am someone who believes that playing is best done with someone else. You can begin today to PLAY your way to better health! Whether it's a dog walk, a run, a visit to the gym or playing in the local schoolyard, playing is always more fun when you connect with others. [...]
By Janet Omstead|2023-03-21T16:38:31+00:00June 19th, 2019|
I have learned a ton and helped many clients transform their health habits by using the psychology of behaviour change. As a certified health coach, I’m aware of one particular word people use that hurts their ability to live their life to the fullest without guilt. The thought and power of this one word makes people [...]
By Janet Omstead|2023-03-21T16:37:04+00:00June 19th, 2019|
In an imperfect world, we’ve somehow been taught a “perfect” measurement of health. What is it? The number on the scale. But measuring your weight is just ONE piece of the wellness puzzle. It’s not the full story of your personal measurement “value.” What’s missing? All of the other aspects that impact health, such as physical [...]