Welcome to Fit Fab Fiftyish resources. Here you’ll find recommendations for books, articles, podcasts and programs to help you thrive in midlife.
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
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
Fitness in midlife
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.
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.
Yoga is a powerful practice that when done mindfully and with connection to its origins can help us to remember we are 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
- Honours yoga as an ancient practice that originated in India thousands of years ago
- Seeks to encourage radical self-acceptance
Contact me to find out how I can guide you in your practice.
Midlife can be a time where we step into our power and when we have more time for ourselves and what lights us up. Heartbreakingly, some women will experience gendered violence and harrassment at this time.
If you need help
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