It is a privilege to move our bodies. I have had a front-row seat in my personal life with mental illness, and I can honestly say every effort towards moving a little more equals progress for your mental health. Your brain and body will thank you, even after COVID is gone.
On a super hot July 17th, twenty-five years ago, I became a mother for the first time. In many ways, it was the beginning of a magical journey. When my daughter Meredith came into the world, I wasn't as prepared as I thought I'd be. Sure, I had babysat, loved to be active, been a camp [...]
Your most important investment is REALLY your health and vitality. Yet, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.4 Billion (60 to 85% of the population worldwide) does not engage in the minimum amount of movement to keep healthy, which makes physical inactivity (aka being sedentary) the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. That's NOT cool. I'm here to change that!
Canada celebrated its 153rd birthday this week. If a person could live to that age, I wonder what pearls of wisdom they would share? I wonder what dreams got fulfilled and what goals got lost? What would their quality of life be like? I found myself questioning this when I was younger as I watched my [...]
A while ago, I asked this question on my Facebook Page: What do you think is the simplest, but perhaps not the most obvious, nutritional change everyone can make? It's one of the most commented-on posts I've ever had! Here were some of the most popular guesses in no particular order: drink more water eat [...]
My Dad loved to play and have fun. But, sadly, the one thing he didn't do was "practice" for the sports he loved in the offseason. Had he been using functional movement patterns to help keep him healthy and agile for these sports, I don't think he would have tossed in the towel so early.
Rather than inspiring people to keep active for their physical and mental health, getting and keeping in shape has been turning people off with serious consequences. With more data coming to the surface as global public health agencies navigate through the Covid-19 crisis, it is clear that particular lifestyle habits (smoking, obesity and physical inactivity) increase the risk of being hospitalized. There is a silver lining though!
Every day it seems as though the things we can't control take over the things that we can. Do you have daily ESP habits that you commit to, to feel your best, regardless of what's happening in the world?
Like most people, you start with the best of intentions and maybe a couple of days into making a change, with a rigid protocol, those changes don't last. But, the good news is that your health decisions need to be motivated by positivity, not fear of failure.
In the middle of a pandemic, we are facing the reality that our most vulnerable ageing population is at the highest risk of getting sick. However, John proved that even when you have obstacles, like age or disease in your way, you can find simple ways to play.
Did you know that if you do something new for 21 days in a row, you can re-wire your brain to work and think more optimistically and give yourself a much-needed boost of mental resiliency? After COVID-19, life should not go backwards. Focus on where you can move forward by holding onto the vision of the health you want. Create lasting positive change.
Yes, we all want COVID-19 to end, and we all want life to go back to "normal." Some estimates are it might take as long as a year to find a stable vaccine that has few side effects. A lot like your health, being impatient for a quick fix by dieting and exercise regimens in the short term, might feel like the right thing to do, except it's not. Respect the process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 [...]
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.
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?
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 [...]
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Slowly, with consistent effort, your old ways CAN lead to permanent change for your lifetime - not just your New Years Resolution:)
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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.
It can be challenging to keep motivated to exercise when it's dark and cold outside. Have no fear - this simple strategy can help!
Three (3) easy ways exercise help fight social isolation while keeping you fit and happy
How you can reframe dieting and exercise to health and play inspired by Oprah’s October 2019 magazine
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.
How can you fuel your body in todays hectic world and still enjoy the process? Take a lesson from the French!
Solving the global inactivity crisis is not an easy task unless we consider starting with something easy like making time for recess
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!
Janet Omstead’s podcast interview that reveals her three near-death experiences that has profoundly influenced her perspective on life and play.
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 [...]
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 [...]