Listen to your body

About Janet Omstead

To re-ignite people’s passion for play (movement) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age.
24 04, 2020

Living outside of your comfort zone

By |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.

6 04, 2020

Motivation Mondays – You don’t need to be athletic to move your body!

By |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!

31 03, 2020

Managing High Blood Pressure

By |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 [...]

27 03, 2020

Someday things are going to be okay again

By |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.

23 03, 2020

15 EASY ways to play (exercise) more during the day when you are stuck inside

By |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?

13 03, 2020

Five ways to get stronger while you wash your hands

By |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 [...]

21 02, 2020

The #1 way to keep motivated to be active as you age

By |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.  

7 02, 2020

Three Healthy Habits I Learned From My Dog

By |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.

24 01, 2020

Happy birthday to me…and you!

By |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.

10 01, 2020

How can music help you get fit?

By |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.

14 12, 2019

5 easy ways your environment can help you improve your health

By |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 [...]

6 12, 2019

How to make a health plan

By |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, [...]

21 06, 2019

PLAY your way to better health – The GenWell Project

By |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. [...]

19 06, 2019

Removing one word from my vocabulary changed my life

By |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 [...]

19 06, 2019

Is the number on the scale truly the golden ticket to total health?

By |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 [...]

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