Mid life is todays new 20 something. The 50’s are the new 30’s! Midlife is the cool cougar sexy years. The years where wisdom, time and confidence should be at an all time high. We all want to look life Jo L surely? Let me tell you not all women feel this way. Many feel ashamed of their sweating for example, embarrassed about their weight gain and some are dehydrated due to the volume of tears being shed. (joke not science backed statement) Not to mention the red mist rage that descends like a waterfall. So we are supporting menopausal woman wherever she might be.
The good news is that you, as Instructors can help make this transition so much lovelier. Exercise is a wonder drug and physical activity can reduce many of the symptoms that can arise during peri-menopause years.
So what can we do as Instructors to support or adapt to women doing through the menopausal years? Firstly she hates “women of an age” Women of an age hate that phrase. It belittles them and reminds them that they are crossing over into the land of beige and getting older. So whatever you call your class avoid anything that sounds like and advert for Tenna towels. The average age is 51 for Menopause and she could be presenting with symptoms (peri-menopause) for 10 years prior to this. 1 in 4 women suffer with debilitating symptoms. This is the fastest growing population. This is a great market to focus on as there are more menopausal women than you can shake a broomstick at. This is a time for you to create a special program for MidLife.
Caterpillar to Beautiful Butterfly
Inside her body things are changing the classic is the bladder and her periods. Without sounding that peri menopause is something out of a pychological thriller/horror film. The more we understand what could happen, the more power we have to support each other. Sneezing and leaking, jumping and leaking, coughing and leaking are all common (not nescicarily) normal so high impact sessions maybe have a huge impact on the changing body. In addition there becomes an element of fear that women smell of wee! This is a genuine fear.
Whilst we are talking leaking, let’s talk periods and flooding. Another erratic element of peri menopause. Some (notice I am speaking generically), some women’s periods change, irregular, heavy and some start passing clots. Be prepared. So when teaching your core workouts, maybe adapting from crunches to some more static work, planks, balance and standing pelvic floor work. She needs her confidence and posture is a great way to help her stand in her own power.
As hormones change the viability of tissue in the pelvic floor, vagina, bowel can become weak and some women can prolapse. Offer low impact or even design the program as a lower impact session with higher impact variations for those not affected. Not to mention that joints can feel more sensitive or stiff joints… and then comes the frustration… “I used to be able to do that, move that way”
Loss of Confidence
The big one is losing our confidence. 29% in the workplace lose their confidence as a result of menopausal symptoms. Not to mention a loss of libido. Helping and supporting women to find their inner sassiness is such an empowering thing to do as an instructor. Liberate them from their sadness and throw their arms into the air, lose control for a moment, let them find themselves in the joy of rhythm and great tunes that they can sing along too. If you offer any body confidence programs – do more of that, especially in these difficult times. Let her feel her sexy. Let her stand in her own power and shine. (that’s a metaphor for feeling fabulous not a hot flush).
Mind Body Work
So this is a time for Pilates and mind and body work. A time where stress needs to be managed. Pelvic floor certainly needs training and an opportunity for her to connect mind with body using breathing, mindfulness and or meditation. Mind and Body work like Pilability help with restoring hormonal health and happiness.
Talk About it
Let the conversation flow and grow. Talk about it. Talk women’s health in your weekly newsletters. Share blogs and information to support women who may be in this phase of their life. Some women are going through menopause as a result of cancer or needs surgery
Menopause is no longer a taboo subject. The more we understand it the better we can all offer support. iCareiMove offer three types of Menopause training. We keep it simple with the fundamentals of menopause with Menopause Warriors, Manopause for Men and Managers and finally Menopause First Aid, which offers support around policy writing and management and business support. Pilability addresses movement and mobility for mid life and beyond. We can help you enhance your knowledge and build your business.
Your Take Away
Sometimes it all feels a little technical and worrying, once empowered just sit back and watch her transform. The best thing you, as Amazing Instructor can advise and or do to support a women in her menopausal years is to offer her the following… Tell her to:
Eat well – reduce processed food and enjoy whole nutricious food
Rest well – fatigue can be a thing, take naps
Laugh and don’t stop laughing – remember this.
Have loads of orgasms – your vagina is a muscle too! 😉
There is no greater power in the world than the zest of a postmenopausal womanAnon
If you want to join our Menopause Courses, we are running an advert with an additional 10% off for our EMD friends. Just add MENO10 to your booking page.
Helen Tite The Wellness Anarchist has been dedicated to supporting the ageing population. Public Speaking and delivering training around female health and ageing greatly. You can find her and the team at iCareiMove across all social platforms and always happy to talk through supporting you as instructors to keep growing and developing your fitness and wellbeing toolbox.