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From Struggle to Strength: Transforming Midlife Through The Power of Exercise.

From Struggle to Strength: Transforming Midlife Through The Power of Exercise.

The first thing to say here is that “nothing is off the table” It’s not like we get to Menopause and simply can’t or shouldn’t do the activities we love. But with that said, there are three fundamental exercise adjustments that, if included in our exercise regime, will help to keep our options open for longer. And for those in midlife and just getting started, it’s never too late to make improvements and open more possibilities for yourself.

Now let’s dive into the detail of each adjustment so you can create a roadmap of fulfilling, fun exercises that will serve you during Menopause and beyond.

Mastering the 80-20 Rule: How to Transform Your Focus, Productivity, Health and Wellbeing!

Mastering the 80-20 Rule: How to Transform Your Focus, Productivity, Health and Wellbeing!

Have you ever driven by a construction site or walked into an office and observed that a few employees were absorbed in their tasks and working diligently while others were idling around? You might have seen the 80-20 rule at work, literally and figuratively. According to this rule, twenty percent of employees produce eighty percent of the work output, while the remaining majority produce only twenty percent (Koch, 2011). 

Navigating Menopausal Anxiety: A Science-Based Approach

Navigating Menopausal Anxiety: A Science-Based Approach

You likely already know that maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, a diet rich in whole-unprocessed food, and good sleep habits can be beneficial.

However, what is lesser known are the proven ways to create an inner sense of calmness that can help alleviate menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, axniety, stress and night sweats by putting you back in control of you fight or flight response.

In a recent study, researchers spoke with 103 people who had received treatment or support for depression and analysed their responses for keywords describing feelings of calmness (Weiss et al., 2021). Notably, of the 29 words identified as being related to calmness, only five were traits or feelings that described the presence of calmness.

Returning to exercise after injury

Returning to exercise after injury

When something like back pain strikes or an injury hits you out of the blue, not being able to exercise as you used to and not knowing when it’s safe to get back into it is annoying.

And although I know you’re itching to get back into it, hold the breaks a minute – injuries are no joke. They are your body’s way of sounding an alarm telling you something’s wrong, so we shouldn’t start back full steam immediately.

Instead, making a clever comeback to exercise or any form of activity, such as running, yoga, tennis, or the like, after taking time off due to injury requires a gradual approach.

How to advocate for yourself when you are in pain

How to advocate for yourself when you are in pain

In itself, pain is a medical condition. Your doctor can’t see your pain, although its cause may be apparent in an imaging study, such as a CT or MRI scan. However, you can help your doctor visualise your pain by providing detailed information.

Therefore, the best way to help yourself when you are in chronic pain is to ask the right questions. So, before you visit your doctor or specialist, preparing a list of questions for the appointment is vital.

How to stop emotionally eating

How to stop emotionally eating

Feelings and eating are closely connected for virtually all of us. However, sometimes our emotions are not the byproduct of eating but the driving force behind it. In this article, you will learn about the definition and scientific background of this behaviour, called emotional eating, and what you can do to overcome emotional eating.