The surprise of starting my perimenopause

While following a course on post natal training by Burrell Education I was made aware, via their marketing, of the fact that later in life women will hit perimenopause before their menopause, but I hadn’t realised at that point I might experience this already.  I was 43 when I was suddenly experiencing wakeful nights. It [...]

Training around your menstrual cycle

A big revelation happened after watching this Ted Talk by Stacy Sims. She explains how research around sports performance is done on men because “women are an anomaly”. This means that the fact that women menstruate has led to us women being ignored by sports research. Luckily she has taken this up and done her own [...]

Breaking the taboo of the perimenopause and menopause

I am currently 45 and a couple of years ago I started experiencing some mild symptoms. After some reading, I realised I had started the perimenopause. This experience made me realise that this topic isn’t really spoken about much. I had heard of menopause - but that is when you are 50 or so, isn’t [...]

Energy boost Challenge main takeaways after 2 weeks

As I write this we are just beyond the second week of the energy boost challenge.  What have been the takeaways so far? This is the first time I have held a fitness challenge and I have to say the uptake and enthusiasm for it has surpassed my expectations! I wanted to take a few [...]

Arthritis and Exercise

(Please note: this article shouldn’t replace advice given by a medical professional) According to Volkgezondheidenzorg.info, 7.5% of men and 13.1% of women between 40 and 44 had been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2017 and the figures for osteoarthritis (artose in Dutch) are 11.7% of men and 15.6% of women. The NHS website defines arthritis [...]

How to mobilise your mid back

thoracic spine (mid back) As humans we are designed to be hunters and gatherers, our bodies are not designed to be sitting all day. From home to car/public transport, sitting at work all day, sitting having lunch, back home probably involving sitting again and then plumping ourselves in front of the telly to [...]

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