Box a lates

What?

A box of what?

OK I’m officially laughing. Not a box of anything. Have I introduced myself?

I already have told you I am a mother of 2 boys and 2 female dogs. I write, poetry, short stories, children’s books and blogs. I’m am an animal lover, BUT I am also a Pilates instructor.

That’s my real job. How I earn my bread and butter, it pays my bills.

I can already hear some of you saying a what?

So What Is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength. This helps to improve general fitness and overall well-being.

Similar to Yoga, Pilates concentrates on posture, balance and flexibility. In Pilates the chance of injury is much lower than with other more strenuous forms of exercise.

Pilates also focuses on the mind-body connection.

While doing the various exercises your mind needs to be constantly aware of your breathing and the way your body moves.

I run a studio in my home town, on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, AUSTRALIA.

Please do visit, first class free is on me.

We run a varied disciplines to keep your body and mind healthy as we age. This exercise is ideal for everyone but I am emphasizing the importance to continue exercising as we age. My target audience today is over 40, over 50 and beyond. Apart from my awesome pilates sessions, we also run yoga, functional training, teacher training, personal training in our amazing little boutique studio.

We run group classes, small group specialized sessions, personal or one on one training.

The reason I had suggested my target audience today is Over 40 is because I have branched out into a new area, menopause coaching. I will be running programs to help women over 40 with their hormone health and fitness.

I have created my own brand of pilates, designing my own unique classes.

I run a unique blend of pilates based classes.

Pilates / Yoga Fusion

HIIT Pilates (high intensity pilates)

Circuit Pilates – This consists of approximately 14 to 18 stations, working upper body, lower body, the core and two or three cardio stations. We move from one station to another for a period of 45 seconds to one minute on each station. A great fat burning workout and suitable for all levels of fitness and injuries

321 UGI Ball pilates ( 3 minutes Ugi ball exercise, 2 minutes resistance exercises , 1 minute of core exercise.

Drum roll

Box -a – lates a combination of boxing circuits with pilates circuits. ( see pics of the fun my students had today)

This one is worth giving a go.

Exercise or physical activity can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing diseases like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. It can have immediate and long-term health benefits more importantly it can improve your quality of life. 30 minutes a day can allow you to enjoy all of these benefits.

Some of the benefits of regular physical activity may be:

Reduce your risk of heart attack or disease

Manage your weight. Look better, feel better, more confidence

Lower your blood cholesterol levels

Lower your risk of diabetes

Can lower your blood pressure

Can help increase the strength of your bones muscles and joints therefore lowering the risk of osteoporosis

Lower your risk of falls

You recover better from injury or illness

You feel better, you have more energy, you are in a better mood, you are more relaxed and you sleep better.

Exercise can help with depression

It provides increased social contact if in a club or a group setting steps. Don’t be put off by feeling compelled to have to complete 10,000 steps or do 30 minutes of exercise. Start with 1000 steps start with five minutes of exercise. Build up. Little steps. This is the reason I’ve chose to specialize in women’s fitness over 40. You can get stronger, you can feel invigorated, you can be totally awesome. Let’s not grow old let’s be awesome.

Everyone in these photos are 50 and above With the exception of one 23-year-old and one 48 year-old. I had strict instructions to not put her in that 50 and I have a category. Your wish is my command. My crew are awesome.

What was I looking for?

We women pride ourselves on our ability to multitask.

Do you agree?

Well this mornings multitasking effort consisted of only two jobs.

One was having a conversation on the phone whilst on it was on speaker, the other was drinking my cup of coffee.

As I finish my cup of coffee I walked to the sink, put my phone down on the bench, and continued to chat into my empty coffee cup as I walked out of the kitchen. Hmmmm I wondered why they did not answer me.

Hello brain fog, ovary brain, menopausal brain.

Do you experience forgetful moments? Well you are not alone.

So in the last two blogs we’ve talked about the symptoms of menopause.

As I have mentioned the symptoms menopause are different for each and every woman and can include anything from night sweats, to weight gain to thinning hair, but as I’ve gone through today, many women also report feeling forgetful or having a general brain fog that makes it hard for them to concentrate.

Example number two. I’m sharing just to let you know you’re not the only one. This happened a couple weeks ago. I just FORGOT to share ha ha

Starting work at 6.30am (yes seriously) until 9.30am. At 9:45am I hop in my car to head home, this is all of 5 minutes away. At 10am I’m still happily driving, but where?

I found myself about 5 km past my scheduled destination, driving along the stunning Mornington Peninsula esplanade to an unknown destination.

Bingo…

Another case of brain fog and as I said it’s quite common amongst us peri menopausal girls. Researchers say that some 60% of middle age women report difficulty concentrating and other issues with cognition. This can tend to spike a little bit more for women who are perimenopausal. I will add that my personal opinion is , we are mums with busy lifestyles, you possibly work, you probably have Children, you’re doing housework, you’re thinking about what to have for dinner tonight, you have to make time to get to the shops, it’s grandma’s birthday on the weekend, with all that’s going on in our brains is it any wonder that we get a bit foggy at times. My personal though opinion ha ha. Back to the real story menopausal brain fog

What causes the foggy thinking, it’s to do with hormone changes.

Your sleep quality may add to the brain fog and sleep problems is one of the symptoms of menopause or hormonal imbalance

Did you know one of the most common underlying denominators with all women and hormone imbalance is stress so take some time out relax.

Have you ever tried meditation?

Take 5 to 30 minutes a day and sit outside in the sunshine (Vit D is so good for you ) close your eyes and just listen to what is going on around you. Try not to think about anything and just RELAX & BREATHE

Try a Yoga or Pilates class. Did you know these modes of exercise also train your brain as well as your body? It improves your memory, makes you smarter, and if you bring along the boys maybe they can learn to multitask. 😂😂😂

Sit down and breathe

Menopause wellness coach

Three days ago I told you that I had to write a blog every day whilst I participate in this course. Well what did I just say? Three days have passed. Yikes. It’s like having kids, I had mine 2 years ago. Didn’t I?

In reality it was 21 and 23 years ago. Whatttt? How old am I? Menopausal old that’s what I am.

Life just gets in the way of the things I want to do. Between work, walking dogs, my mum, cooking, housework, my kids, maybe an all day music festival, then of course there is the beach, adopting dogs, spruiking about the benefits of adopting dogs to other people, housework. Is this a woman’s life? It appears so. Let’s breathe.

Sit down, close your eyes, forget about the world, relax, focus on breathing for one minute. Ahhhh

Back to my training, with everything I have just relayed to you of my past 3 days do you think I really had time to do my course? Well the answer is yes, just a little.

Are you wondering how close you are to menopause? Here are 14 common signs and symptoms that you are perimenopausal

Missed periods

Hot flashes/flushes

(I call it hot flushes, the Americans call it hot flashes, the plain and simple fact is you get damn hot. It is a feeling of intense heat accompanied by sweating and a maybe even rapid heartbeat. They can last from two minutes to 30 minutes and then just as quickly as they begin they can stop again.

Next is the most abhorred and the most worrisome for us women

Weight gain 🤨🤨🤨

Sleep deprivation

Vaginal dryness

Mood swings

Sore breasts

Chronic headaches

Decreased sex drive

(hey hang on just a minute, we have weight gain, sleep deprivation, vaginal dryness, sore boobs, migraines and somehow we are still supposed to feel like sex. My solution, fix those 5 and this problem may be solved too)

Incontinence

Night sweats ( different from hot flushes but you still feel like shit ) no you didn’t wet the bed, that is purely sweat.

Memory problems ( oh jeez where am I, who am I, where did 3 days go?)

Constant UTIs ( not nice)

Changes to skin and hair. The aging process itself, with loss of fatty tissue and collagen making your skin drier and thinner. Approaching menopause can contribute to these changes also. Lower levels of estrogen may cause hair to feel brittle, dry and maybe even fall out.

Many women think symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, itchiness, aches and pains are part of aging

A lot don’t even know what they are experiencing is symptoms of hormone imbalance

Most don’t even know it can be fixed

What are we going to do about it? That is where I help.

We are not a one size fits all program.

We have knowledge and understanding of what you are going through.

You get results.

We are there to help you and motivate you along the way

We are not going to give you a magic pill (there is no such thing)

We are not going to tell you to eat less and exercise more.

We will educate you.

Proper healthful diet, exercise that is suited to you specifically and healthy lifestyle are just one step away. Filling out one of our health evaluation forms is that step in the right direction to feeling better in yourself and about yourself.

Follow me on my journey towards helping women get themselves back.

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Chat soon beautiful woman ❤️❤️❤️❤️