Welcome to Fit Fab Fiftyish resources. Here you’ll find recommendations for books, articles, podcasts and programs to help you thrive in midlife.

Some of my faves

Menopause

Australia’s leader in women’s health – Jean Hailes Foundation

Find a doctor with advanced knowledge in menopause – Find an Australian Menopause Society doctor

A terrific article in The Guardian about the years leading up to menopause – Surviving Perimenopause

The menopause myth. Further reading about the WHI study – Back from the Brink and The Last Word on HRT from the WHI

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Menopause – Journal of Evidence-based and Integrative Medicine

Review of Dr Ginni Mansberg’s book – The M Word – How to Thrive in Menopause

I talk about how HRT was a game-changer for me on Women Living Well After 50 podcast – Understanding HRT (Episode 6)

DIY Retreat

Love the idea of going on a retreat but just can’t see it happening? In this blog post I help you plan and design your own retreat. Want a copy of my retreat planner spreadsheet? Email me here.

If you love a spreadsheet as much as I do, I’ve got your DIY Retreat planning covered!

Fitness in midlife

Debra Atkinson at Flipping Fifty specialises in hormone-balancing exercise for women in perimenopause and menopause. She is a fitness expert, speaker and coach.

I love Debra’s 12-week strength training program – it’s time-efficient and evidence-based. Here’s the program I love.

Strength training is a must in midlife. Don’t be put off by thinking it means lifting massively heavy weights or ‘bulking up’. My blog post An Introduction to Strength Training in Midlife has a sample routine using minimal or no equipment to get you started.

I talk about my path to movement and mindfulness in midlife with Dr Andrea Wilkinson on her BrainShape podcast – Movement and Mindfulness for Midlife (Episode 106).

Yoga

Yoga is a powerful practice that when done mindfully and with connection to its origins can help us feel whole. At its core, yoga is about union with ourselves and with others.

Yoga has been part of my life since the 1970s when my mum introduced me to the practice. Back then it was seen as very woo-woo! Yoga has been an amazing tool for me in managing menopause, and I would love to share my practice with you. I am a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Australia and I offer classes and one-on-one sessions online.

The yoga I teach  

  • Meets you where you’re at. Don’t be sold the lie that you have to “be flexible” to do yoga.
  • Is respectfully based on ancient yoga texts and philosophy
  • Empowers you to be curious and move with inquiry
  • Seeks to encourage radical self-acceptance

Contact me to find out how I can guide you in this beautiful practice.

Crisis Helplines

Midlife can be a time where we step into our power and when we have more time for ourselves and what lights us up. It can also be at time when we experience gendered violence, harrassment and sexist behaviour.

If you need help 

In Australia 

1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) 

Lifeline 13 11 14 

In UK Refuge 0808 2000 247 

In USA Text “CONNECT” to 741741 to get free help from the Crisis Text Line 

In Canada Assaulted Women’s Helpline 1-866-863-0511