Planks: The Best Core Exercise for Women Over 40

Planks are a gem of an exercise for a stronger core, especially after age 40. It is not uncommon for women over 40 with weak core muscles to have back and posture problems, which can, in turn, lead to digestion problems. Performing planks correctly requires multiple muscle groups. One of our most important exercise goals over age 40 is to …

Attacking Back Fat… Over 40 Workout

Nature can have a wicked sense of humor, especially when it comes to fat distribution over age 40. Throughout the childbearing years, women are saddled with preferential fat storage around our thighs. (Aka saddlebags) Then when menopause sets in, the fat storage distribution shifts more towards the midsection front and back (due to declining estrogen) I’m all for love handles, …

What Being a Hockey Mom Has Taught Me About Over-40 Fitness

Being a hockey mom was not something that I ever expected to become. I had been to exactly one very cold high school hockey game, and zero professional hockey games before my oldest son at age 5 begged to join a hockey team. Um, how about a nice warm sport, I thought, like swimming or basketball? Not a chance. Nick …

Collagen: Hype or help for Midlife Wellness?

Questions often come up during our training sessions, that send me off to gather the facts*. Most recently, the topic of collagen supplements has been getting a lot of buzz. Companies that promote the sale of collagen claim that it can work virtual miracles for skin, bones, brains and our gut. But what do studies prove about this expensive supplement? …

Who Does CBD Oil Really Work for?

It seems you can’t go anywhere these days without hearing or overhearing a conversation about CBD, and women over 40 are no exception. CBD products are readily available and widely marketed as a midlife wellness treatment,  so I decided it was time to find out what CBD is actually useful for. When I need to know more about a popular …

How to Bust through a Workout Plateau

It is a popular opinion that resistance training has to be boring and terribly hard to be effective. This is false information. Of course, there are those days where we don’t feel like working out. Exercising can get stale! Don’t worry…I’ve got you covered. The best way to combat this dreaded staleness is to use varied programming also known as periodization. …

How to Make Mason Jar Salads that Stay Fresh

My mother was an amazing cook. She learned most of what she knew from her mother in law, an Italian immigrant with a lot of mouths to feed and a love for celebrations with food. Mom often batch-cooked but she would not have called it that. The family favorite was her lasagna recipe. She always made several trays and froze …

9 Tips to Make Fat Loss Over 40 …aka Midlife… Stick!

Pay attention to the mistakes of others when it comes to midlife fat loss. There isn’t enough time in life to make them all yourself. In a previous blog post about midlife fat loss, I shared what happened when my client experienced too much of a good thing too soon. I have a related personal experience that I’d like to share …

Midlife Fat loss: How Not to Spend all Your Time in the Bathroom.

Jill was becoming a nutrition all-star. As one of my dedicated midlife clients, she was passionate about consistently attending workouts and fueling her body for health. Recently she confided in me that she was doing everything  ‘right’ and feeling awful. Every day she had a blended protein bowl packed with green lettuces and fruit. Midday, she chose a huge salad …