If there’s one thing I hear women in menopause complain about most it’s the menopause belly. It feels like it appeared overnight. One day you’ve got the classic hourglass figure, and the next thing you know, you can’t button your jeans without sucking in your stomach.
There’s one thing you can be sure about your metabolism – it’s always changing. I often hear women over 50 tell me that they used to have a fast metabolism and now they can’t eat anything without gaining weight. Or, that everything they used to do when they were younger has simply stopped working.
As we enter perimenopause or menopause the number on the scale starts creeping up, the inches around our waist begin to grow. We look in the mirror and ask “who is that?”
We haven’t really changed our lifestyle and yet our body is defying us. So naturally, we go on a diet, join a gym and start jogging. We think if we just eat healthy and get moving the weight will come off. After all, that’s what always works.
Until it doesn’t.
We don’t think it will happen to us. After all, we know how to lose weight and stay healthy, right? We’ve been doing this our entire adult lives.
I can’t even count how many times women have come to me and said, ”I eat healthy, I don’t eat carbs, I exercise all the time but no matter what I do I just can’t lose this weight. Everything changed when I hit 50. Why is it so hard to lose this weight?”
Frustrating, isn’t it…
Staying on track with your health and weight loss goals is something a lot of people struggle with. If you're like most people, you've probably wondered if you'll ever be able to succeed and often feel badly about yourself "failing" over and over again.
So when you decide to work towards your health and fitness goals, remember this one thing…
Picture this, you head to the gym looking forward to your workout. You know how great you’re going to feel afterward. Working out has always helped you feel grounded, strong, energized, and ready to take on the day!
Remember in your 20s and 30s when you thought you'd have it all figured out when you were older?
Of course, you’ve learned a thing or two (or a million) along the way. But somehow finding balance still seems so out of reach. And, you're not alone.
We can all relate to feeling stressed out and anxious over one thing or another. Stress is a normal experience. We all have stress and feel anxious from time to time.
Chronic stress and anxiety, however, is a serious problem. It can be detrimental not only to your mental health but your physical health as well.
Healthy hips are so important if you want to stay pain free and active! Hip pain, immobility and sciatica are some of the most common challenges people face.
We all know or are that person that says "I want to get in shape, but [insert reason]" Mostly it's that you have no time or you're waiting until after the holidays or you don't have a gym nearby, and so on.
Let me tell you about my friend. She’s in her 50s, married, raised two kids, is active in her community and built a nice career. She’s busy but comfortable and enjoys a nice life and she wants to work on her fitness goals, but guess what she doesn't do?
Lisa Swanson is an ACE Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer and Orthopedic Exercise Specialist as well as a certified AASDN and PN level 1 nutritionist. With over 35 years experience helping people turn their lives around, she is on a mission to provide relevant and useful knowledge to help women in midlife reach their goals.
Check out my interview with the Magnificent Midlife podcast on staying fit and healthy long-term.