MyMT™ Rebuild My Fitness is a 12 week menopause and post-menopause exercise programme. Will you join me?
I became confused about the right exercise for menopause, despite being one of New Zealand’s leading exercise specialists!
The messages and advice from the personal training industry that I had been at the forefront of for decades, were no longer right for me.
High intensity gym activity and the ‘go hard or go home approach’ left me with joint and muscle pain. It didn’t matter how much I ‘stepped it up’ and ‘pushed through’ my pain and exhaustion, my sleep, hot flushes, aching joints, dizziness and weight gain became worse.
At this exact same time however, I was completing my PhD on women’s healthy ageing through the Faculty of Sport, Health and Human Performance at the University of Waikato.
How amazing it was that many of the women I interviewed for my research would tell me the same thing: “I’m doing all this exercise, but I’m not losing any weight, my cholesterol keeps climbing and my muscles and joints are constantly sore.”
Now I know why.
Like them, I was doing the wrong type of exercise at a time when I wasn’t sleeping well and when our muscles, joints and cardio-vascular system are changing as we lose oestrogen.
I now understand why women’s physical activity research, shows that mid-life is a time when women drop-out of exercise and this is problematic as they age. This was nearly me as well – I was exhausted and my metabolism wasn’t keeping up with my menopause hormonal changes.
Not sleeping meant I wasn’t burning fat overnight either and nor were my joints and muscles recovering overnight too. Linda in the banner below, was the same.
Personal stories from women who have completed MyMT
“Once I lost 15kg and started sleeping again, I did my first-ever marathon. This programme is life-changing." – Kaye
“I am a Personal Trainer and had no idea what I needed to do with my exercise in peri-menopause” – Sue
This is Sue and I was so humbled to have her with me sharing my knowledge in Whangarei at my ‘Masterclass on Menopause.”
“I was struggling with my energy and fitness. But with this programme I was able to participate in New Zealand's Fire-Fighter Games!” – Elizabeth, Southland.
When we aren’t sleeping, our body becomes stressed, and this impacts on our recovery after exercise. It was such a privilege to help Elizabeth participate in the Fire-Fighter Games and raise money for her local community, which she loves being part of.
Exercise should be enjoyable, not exhausting!
Exercise to exhilarate rather than exhaust you is what my programme is about, and it is wonderful for helping manage stress. When you exercise, your body releases feel-good hormones, such as endorphins, which can put you in a good mood for the rest of the day.