My story2022-08-10T14:56:22+00:00

Getting “healthy” doesn’t have to suck.

Health, fitness, and well-being are possible without punishing diets and workout programs.

In fact, they can be joyful. Healthy habits should make your life better, not worse.

As a play expert and behaviour change coach, I help you look after yourself in an enjoyable, playful way so that you can live life to the fullest.

Take back control of your health. Re-energize your relationship with food, fitness, sleep and stress—all in a seamless way that works for you and your lifestyle.


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 great 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 that same sense of well-being that 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. We can integrate health and fitness seamlessly into our lives with a playful approach.

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 the things they want most in life, whether it’s 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 being treated for Leukemia. 

There will always 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. 

That’s what I’m here to do: 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? 

If you’re an individual looking for coaching support…

Email me to book a free discovery call: info@janetomstead.com

If you’re a manager or executive looking to support your staff with a health and wellness program… 

Reach out to learn about my tailored wellness programs. In addition to my private clients, I consult with various organizations to help them cultivate well-being for their workers. My corporate programs support greater employee engagement, reduced stress, decreased absenteeism, and better overall health outcomes. 

For more information, email me here: info@janetomstead.com

Or, click here to book me to speak about How To Add Play Into Your Workday at your next event.


  • Precision Nutrition, L1 & L2 Certified

  • Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS)

  • CPR; CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach (HLC) Level 1

  • Level 1 Kettle bell

  • TRX

  • BOSU Level 2 & Active Aging Specialty

  • Tribe Team Training — TTT — Coach

  • Level 1 Foam Rolling

  • Tabata Boot Camp

  • Facilitated Stretching

  • Gliding Total Body Master Trainer

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2705, 2022

Interview for the Perimenopausal Athletes & Beyond Summit

By |May 27th, 2022|Categories: Interviews, Media|Comments Off on Interview for the Perimenopausal Athletes & Beyond Summit

Get ready to lift your body, mind, and spirit to take deliberate action where you are at so you can train smart, fuel well, and recover. Why not can kick ass in life and on and off the playing field?

2801, 2022

Interview with Larry Jacobs from Education Talk Radio

By |January 28th, 2022|Categories: Interviews, Media|Comments Off on Interview with Larry Jacobs from Education Talk Radio

Teachers' and students' social and emotional health is in jeopardy. Exercise is the solution to improve our mental and physical health. So why don't we move? Play isn't just for kids. Find out some of my favourite ways to quickly find time every day to move a little more in my discussion with Larry Jacobs from Education Talk Radio.

1409, 2021

How to develop a play habit

By |September 14th, 2021|Categories: Interviews, Media|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on How to develop a play habit

Why is play like medicine for the whole body? Find out some simple tools you can use to tap back into what brings you joy daily to improve your health. Exercise improves your mood and memory, reduces anxiety and boosts executive function. You don't have to play; you get to play!

907, 2021

How PLAY can naturally become part of your daily routine

By |July 9th, 2021|Categories: Interviews|Comments Off on How PLAY can naturally become part of your daily routine

Sharing some top creative ideas from my coaching business and my book, "The Play Book: How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health," you'll learn new ways to add more PLAY into your life so that you're not sacrificing your mental or physical health at work or home.  ⠀

1005, 2021

How can you add play to your day?

By |May 10th, 2021|Categories: Interviews, Media|Comments Off on How can you add play to your day?

If you aren’t a “gym” person or a “traditional workout” person, then this is for YOU.  Learn three concrete steps you can take to add play to your day. The PLAY habit will help you rediscover the joy of exercise in a way that fits within your lifestyle. 

2304, 2021

Reframing exercise as PLAY

By |April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Interviews, Play for Life|Comments Off on Reframing exercise as PLAY

What if we reframed 'exercise' as we know it? Reframed it so that anyone, regardless of confidence, fitness level, or social status, can do?  Exercise as PLAY. No, this isn't me trying to disguise a word to use a clever marketing ploy. And it's not about having washboard abs or being on the cover of a magazine. It's about taking control of your life so you can live fully. 

1404, 2021

The benefits of play for adults

By |April 14th, 2021|Categories: Interviews|Comments Off on The benefits of play for adults

We live in a time where doing something fun for exercise doesn't sound like exercise at all. And that's a good thing! Please go listen to the latest episode with PLAY coach Janet Omstead! We talk about the benefits of play, the importance of exercise, and much more!

1903, 2021

Why play is important as we approach midlife

By |March 19th, 2021|Categories: Interviews|Comments Off on Why play is important as we approach midlife

Kavita Ahuja, the founder of Power Purpose Play, talks about the importance of all things "Play" with Janet Omstead. Janet's practical approach to health and wellness is especially important as we approach midlife.

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