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 …

Fitness Over 40: Tips for Success

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 …

7 Alternatives to Calorie Counting (that actually work) for Fat Loss

Calories. As a midlifer, you already know that we must be in a calorie deficit to drop fat. But did you know calorie estimations are grossly inaccurate on personal devices, online food trackers and even nutrition labels*? *The 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA)  allows for a margin of error of up to 20 percent—for the stated value versus actual …

The Best Exercises for People over 40

I was shown an omen and I took notice. I must share it with all midlife women. Many of my friends and I have been consistent with exercise for all of our adult lives. Over the years we dabbled in a variety exercise modalities, and what was most effective in our childbearing years was consistency. It did not matter much …

5 Tips to Stop You From Overeating

I have a story to share about some mistakes I’ve made along my journey, and also the 5 tips that saved me from oveating in social settings. Napa Valley Feasts On our first trip to Napa Valley California. My husband and I had reservations at some epic restaurants and vineyards. During this trip, I went to sleep on numerous evenings …