Exercise and depression: what every woman over 50 should know.

The history of menopause-related anti-depressant use is fascinating. A medication called Iproniazid, developed in the early 1950’s for treatment of tuberculosis, was never intended to become one of the first pharmaceutical anti-depressants. But when Physician’s noticed that tuberculosis patients became more cheerful, optimistic and more physically active, further research revealed that the change from melancholy […]

Walking for health – ‘how much is enough’ is revealed in new research for post-menopause women.

How much walking do you do? Perhaps for years, you’ve been heading to the gym and doing other forms of exercise instead? That’s what prompted me to post this new research for you. Because it’s about the type of activity that is crucial for our health as we age – yes, walking! Not just all […]

How your muscles age and why your recovery after exercise may be slower during menopause.

Winter is arriving down-under and if you have been following my newsletters for a while (thank you) then you will know that we are a family of skiers. My son skis competitively, so I have enjoyed watching him compete for years. That’s until menopause arrived. I had no idea how much the strength and power […]

Exercise and your ageing immune system and my 3 top exercises to boost your immunity during menopause.

Since the mid-1980s researchers have systematically examined the effects of a session of exercise on immune function. With the health chaos that the world is experiencing, I’m reminded of this research today. Never before have we become so aware of our immune function and for women in menopause, immune health is crucial to look after. […]

VIDEO: Did someone mention depression in menopause?

Did someone mention MENOPAUSE DEPRESSION? Over 2/3 of women in their 50s in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, get placed on anti-depressants in their menopause transition. Why is this when we’ve been healthy and happy all our lives? This was my curiosity too when I felt depressed and had lost my mojo. But where […]

Menopause Exercise – Discover the best exercise to boost your ‘good’ HDL-Cholesterol in mid-life and beyond!

When a study arrived in my email in-box recently, comparing blood lipid profiles (blood fats) between a group of younger women who still have oestrogen and a group of women who have recently gone through menopause, I took notice. In a world whereby the population is ageing and over half of the world’s population are […]

Match your exercise to your hormonal cycle in peri-menopause

Female running with the sun shining behind her

“The rise and fall of hormones during a woman’s menstrual cycle have a profound impact on performance.”    [Exercise Physiologist, Dr Stacy Sims, New Zealand]. [Image: ResearchGate] Stacy’s work with female athletes is pioneering and her book called ROAR, should be on the book-shelf of any young female athlete wanting to break through their performance […]

Why the fitness industry may not have the answers for women in menopause who need to change the way they exercise.

“My sleep is now normal. The joint pain is better. I am much fitter, exercising 5-6 times a week and have lost 10kgs over the 12 weeks.”   [Raewyn] One of the things I recommended to Raewyn, was that she changed her exercise and reduce her high-intensity exercise to start with. It’s what I do when […]

Do you think of yourself as Pear-Shaped? If so, it’s the type of exercise you do in menopause that matters!

Who do you know that is a Gonad or Gyneoid Body Type –  you know, a Pear-shaped body-type? The reason I’m asking, is because there have been a lot of ‘AHA’ moments in the MyMT Coaching Groups this week. You see, every week in my private coaching groups, I try to have a ‘theme’ and […]