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9 Reasons to Track Your Exercise Habits

9 Reasons to Track Your Exercise Habits

When you are exercising in your fifties, it can feel like starting from at the beginning again.
How you exercised before the menopause is not how you are exercising now
Figuring out what you like and also what likes you! Hormones don’t just switch off and can still cause a bit of mischief

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Plantar Fasciitis and Menopause

Plantar Fasciitis and Menopause

Many women complain of Plantar Fasciitis during the menopause. There isn’t a lot of medical evidence as to why it happens apart from the catch all ‘lowering estrogen levels’ Which is a bit frustrating so let’s look at the non-medical ways as how you can avoid Plantar Fasciitis during menopause and beyond.

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Working from Home Selfcare Tracker

Working from Home Selfcare Tracker

For many of us working from home, rather than in an office sounds fab, but can be quite a challenge to keep boundaries between the two.

The distinction between on and offline gets blurred. Taking the time to work out how to stay active and keep healthy can be a challenge.
Working from Home Selfcare Tracker

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Rediscover YOU in the menopause

Rediscover YOU in the menopause

Rediscover YOU in the menopause The menopause is not just physical changes, it can change how we feel about ourselves too. I have some practical tips to feel like your old self again! Click to watch the video below which is 35 mins long

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Healthy Eating Challenge

Healthy Eating Challenge

There are 5 challenges in this year’s healthy eating week from British Nutrition Foundation. What I love about them, is that there is nothing new or exotic about them. There is nothing extra to buy for you to buy and you will have heard off all of them before! Because...

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Natural Ways to Reduce Menopause Symptoms

Natural Ways to Reduce Menopause Symptoms

We are often so busy looking after other people, running our homes, working long hours that taking care of ourselves is at the bottom of the list.The menopause can appear like an uninvited guest when you don’t have the time or inclination to look after it.Until you have too!

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Becoming 50

Becoming 50

This year (2019) I will be fifty. Half a century. Whichever way you look at it, it's a big birthday. I choose to see it as a halfway point, I plan to live into my hundreds! Personally I don't think it's by accident that such a big birthday happens when you are still...

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Yoga and Menopause

Yoga and Menopause

I love yoga, but there are also many things that I don’t like about yoga. It is one of the best ways to reduce menopause symptoms but it is not often taught in a way that is sympathetic to 50 year old women!

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Stages Of The Menopause

Stages Of The Menopause

Every woman knows she will be menopausal. However, it always happens when we are way to young to be menopausal and at not a very convenient time. As with many things in life that we do not choose, the only thing left is to choose our attitude towards the...

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Starting To Exercise Again?

Starting To Exercise Again?

The menopause can shake up your exercise routine and not always in a good way. Lowering hormones can affect your energy levels or perhaps your sleep is interupted and your not getting a good nights rest. It is easy to think about what you ‘should’ be doing, rather than what your body actually needs.

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New Month New Moves – July 2018

New Month New Moves – July 2018

Monthly Moves Inspiration for July Every month, I like to get the books and manuals out to get some inspiration of what exercises or alignments I haven’t taught for a while. It’s easy to stick with old favourites as I’m sure you will appreciate if you are a regular...

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Is it time to take your menopause seriously?

Is it time to take your menopause seriously?

The menopause is a phase, and that phase has many phases within. Some you will breeze through barely noticing and others will feel like walking thru mud with wellies on. The truth is we are all busy women, and we often don’t have a lot of time for looking after...

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End Of Year Reflections

End Of Year Reflections

This blog started as a quarterly, then as birthday musings and finally an end of year blog. This perfectly sums up the last 6 months for me. It has been a funny old year; it has not been a bad one. The last 6 month in particular since the August eclipse have had such...

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My Favourite Books in 2017

My Favourite Books in 2017

I love reading; it is one of my favourite pastimes along with learning! Below is a list of the favourite books that I read in 2017. They are in no particular order and a mix of fiction and non-fiction. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth...

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Never Say Never

Never Say Never

In the last decade of teaching Pilates I have always said that I would never teach Yoga. So, you won’t be surprised from the title when I say I have booked into a Hatha yoga course! Why now? I have been researching ageing well for the last year and discovered the...

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Menopause meh

Menopause meh

Meh is a menopause symptom that is not often talked about.

It would not be classed depression but a lack of oomph and love of life. What can you do about it?

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Young at Heart

Young at Heart

Find out how young your heart is and what exercise and activities you can do to keep it as healthy & young as possible. Your heart health may be impacted by menopause as well as any hereditary issues so it is worthwhile to be proactive and minimise any risks.

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Lunch Hour?

Lunch Hour?

When I started working over 25 years ago, (eek) a lunch hour was not only an hour, but was respected by team members. No one interrupted you unless it was a real emergency. Fast forward to today and lunch hours are quite different. It is not often an hour....

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Grit

Grit

Working in the fitness industry has made me curious about why some people give up & why some people show up day in & out. Grit by Angela Duckworth is an interesting read.

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Perfect Posture

Perfect Posture

Everyday life has a big impact on our posture. One of the simplest daily self-care habits you can develop is an awareness of your posture doing different tasks throughout the day. When you are standing waiting in a queue. When you are working. When you on using your...

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Daily Self-care Habits

Daily Self-care Habits

If you are looking for some inspiration for daily self-care habits for Wise Women here is a wee list! As we get older, looking after ourselves can feel like a full time job. However simple, quick daily habits can take us a long way in helping to maintain a healthy...

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When You HAVE To Change

When You HAVE To Change

Change has been on my mind as it has popped up a few times for me recently where I have had to change because of circumstances out with my control. I think it worth looking at how you react around change as it gives us a good heads up around the changes the menopause...

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Carbs And The Menopause

Carbs And The Menopause

You can become more sensitive to carbs and stress in your menopausal years. Which easily leads to an expending waistline which is hard to reduce. What can you do about it?

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Quarterly May 2017

Quarterly May 2017

Last quarter was all about learning with three mini courses. This quarter is all about letting that information percolate and sink in. I have also been working on, online course structure and wrote about that here You may have read on my previous blogs about...

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Unhurried

Unhurried

Unhurried Unhurried is a word my Yoga teacher uses which sums up where I'm trying to get to just now! I am at the tail end of a summer cold. I can't remember the last time I had one, but it has been fairly stubborn and lot's of rest has been required and taking life a...

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Exercising For Health And Ageing Well

Exercising For Health And Ageing Well

Most of us have grown up with the ‘no pain no gain’ mantra and exercising as only a means to manage our weight and to burn calories. As we get older, our thoughts turn to our health and ageing well. Exercise can play a big part in this but it means changing exercise...

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Business Musings 2017

Business Musings 2017

Building an online business rather than face-to-face one has had a different set of challenges. Most online educators appear to be extroverts, which I am not, I’m a INFJ to be specific! (You can take a free quiz here)  I have spent a lot of time searching out people...

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Menstrual Cycle Tracker (MCT)

Menstrual Cycle Tracker (MCT)

Most of my trackers use the Menstrual Cycle Tracker (MCT) code. It looks like Morse code, but it's just a simple way of indicating on your trackers where in your cycle you are. Each - represents a week, there are four - to represent four weeks. Split by | which is the...

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99 Wellbeing Tips for Wise Women

99 Wellbeing Tips for Wise Women

99 wellbeing tips to give you a wee bit of inspiration to blossom through your menopause. Eat protein at every meal and with any snacks. Feel fuller for longer. You cannot 'work hard' to balance your hormones. It happens when you sleep well, eat good food and take...

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Just one more

Just one more

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should! Does technology today help you to be healthier or do you need to change how you use it?

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Just For You!

Just For You!

When was the last time you did something ‘just for you’? The more we look after others & take on responsibility the more we need to look after ourselves.

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Salt And The Menopause

Salt And The Menopause

Salt And The Menopause Salt makes our food taste better, but too much of it is bad for our health. Monitoring our salt intake is one of the simplest things we can do to be healthy, especially during the menopause. We are aiming for a maximum of 6 grams per day. There...

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6 Things To Do When You Are Feeling Rubbish

6 Things To Do When You Are Feeling Rubbish

The menopause has many symptoms but we can often just feel rubbish – and yes, that is a technical term! We can feel uncomfortable in our bodies; due to menopausal symptoms that are unpleasant, perhaps not the shape we want to be in or fitness levels we want, or just...

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Quarterly Jan 2017

Quarterly Jan 2017

I am a lifelong learner, which comes in handy as running my own business requires knowledge of a wide range of topics covering business, professional (health and fitness in my case) and personal development. This quarter I attended day courses for all three area is...

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Post Holiday Menopausal Blues

Post Holiday Menopausal Blues

I have noticed when I return from holidays and breaks from routines I am a wee bit wider. I have named this 'Post holiday menopausal blues!' Last time it was around my thighs. You can read my blog about it here. This time was around my bra and waistline too. Like most...

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New Year, New You? No Thanks.

New Year, New You? No Thanks.

I am a lifelong learner and believe personal development and growth is important. However, it always feels quite forced this time of year. "New Year, New You" always implies there is something wrong with the old you! The reality is, we are always polishing away any...

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Quarterly Nov 2016

Quarterly Nov 2016

October was a big month for me as I finished and published my first book. As with any deadline, something's gotta give, and my Tuesday and Thursday workouts were parked in order to finish. In retrospect, I do not think I could/would have done it differently. However,...

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Can I Help You?

Can I Help You?

Nothing makes a women cringe more than being asked if she needs help. Whilst many of us get a lot of pleasure from other helping people, we often think we are ‘bothering’ people we ask for help or accept it when it is offered.

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I AM The Greatest

I AM The Greatest

Sadly another giant has left us. Mohammed Ali was known for many things: champion boxer, his religion and racial equality. He was also one of the forerunners to using Law of Attraction (LOA). He is frequently quoted as saying “I AM the greatest; I said that even...

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Are You Still Wearing Flares?

Are You Still Wearing Flares?

Are you still wearing flares? Probably not! However the beliefs and values you have around food which were created when you were a child have probably stayed with you. The big one I remember from childhood was to clear your plate as ‘there are children starving’. I...

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What’s Stopping You?

What’s Stopping You?

I was reading about a 40 year old Mum who came third in a 10k with a time of 35:49. If you are not a runner, most people would be happy if they ran a 10K in double that time 1 hr 10 mins. The author was quite dismissive of her time because this lady holds the world...

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How To Avoid Menopausal Weight Gain

How To Avoid Menopausal Weight Gain

On average a women may gain 5 – 7 kilos per decade as they get older. There are a few theories as to why and most relate to hormonal imbalances and physiological changes that occur as we age. Waist measurement is however the best guide to health and unfortunately...

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Do You Set The Same Goals Every New Year?

Do You Set The Same Goals Every New Year?

Most of us will take last year’s wellbeing goal, dust it off and roll it out for next year. Telling ourselves that this year will be different and will be the where all our dreams come true. We have missed out one important step though – reviewing why we did not...

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Stuff I Still Struggle With

Stuff I Still Struggle With

“Eat less, exercise more” I have been studying health & the menopause for a number of years now. I know that “Eat less, exercise more” does not work for most women in their late 40s due to hormonal imbalances. Yet any time I feel my jeans a bit tighter this old...

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Post Holiday Resolutions 2015

Post Holiday Resolutions 2015

I always think summer holidays are a better time to review and reflect on the past year and make new resolutions compared to New Years. We are usually soo busy getting ready for Christmas we don’t have a lot of time to think about how we would like to next year to...

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About Samantha

Hello, this blog is to help you to 'work out how to workout' in your fifties. If I can help you please get in touch and we can chat about how you improve your fitness post-menopause.

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