Fit'n Fifty Plus

Health and fitness information for women over 50 hosted by Jennifer Gale, author, International Presenter, Researcher and older women’s health and fitness tipster. Featuring special guests and experts on being a fit and healthy woman over 50. Learn the nitty gritty - everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask - about being fit and healthy after 50. Not your usual women’s health and fitness podcast.
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Dec 16, 2016

Yes it is possible to be calm through the Silly Season. Today I talk with Lisa Allwell Yoga practitioner extraordinaire who takes us through using mindfulness to still your body and your mind. Lisa spends 5 minutes taking us through a quick guided mindfulness workout which will definitely decrease your stress. We talk about what you can do to keep calm when everything around you is frenetic. Also some tools you might like to use to help you with this. One of Lisa’s top tips is not to give the small stuff any Oxygen.

Dec 9, 2016

Peta Green from Strong, Healthy Women shares her tips for surviving the Silly Season without gaining 5 kg. Peta has survived many Silly Seasons and still remains fit and healthy. We talk about making healthy choices, making sure you get out and exercise, and ask the question what kind of an older woman do you want to be? Actually it was what kind of a Granny / Nanna do you want to be but it is the same thing. Peta talks about doing different things to keep moving like getting on the trampoline with your grandchildren, playing on the swings, getting in the pool and just generally having fun whilst doing it. We also talk through some really good strategies for not overeating and drinking but still enjoying yourself. Some great advice for what can be a big time. No 1 tip to add exercise from Peta is to do 10 squats every time you go to the bathroom, lets see how you go with that. 

Dec 2, 2016

Annette Poke talks about her journey to health and fitness from being 100kg plus and feeling like life was not worth living, to the dynamo she is today inspiring women in her community. Annette leads the Gold Coast Women over 50 Living Well Meet Up. Annette talks about Meet Up and the benefits of getting together with other women for support, friendship and health. Among other things Annette does Karate Fit classes with her local black belt crew. Annette’s biggest tip “Get out of the House and move” 

Nov 25, 2016

Get the latest up to date science backed information on all things menopause and perimenopause with Dr Tara Allmen. Tara, a Board Certified medical practitioner is an expert in Women’s Midlife Health. Tara is also the author of Menopause Confidential probably one of the most concise and well written books on Menopause, Perimenopause, and all that goes with it I have ever read. Listen in while she talks about the latest evidence based treatments and explanations of what is really going on with your body from top to toe. A must listen episode for any woman from 45 and up.

Nov 18, 2016

Confidence, what is it and just how do you get it? To say this week’s guest has had an interesting life is a definite understatement. Di Riddell has lived through many things, some of which we are never touched by but this hasn’t stopped this amazingly inspirational woman from pursuing a healthy and happy life. Di has written a book, overcame her fear of public speaking and now teaches other women to be more confident. Di encourages us to get out of our comfort zones, focus on our own self-care and do something different in order to be the person you deserve to be. 

Nov 11, 2016

Want a Happier Healthier Life? Then ask yourself what would you be prepared to give up in order to have what you really want?  

This week’s guest, Nicole van Hattem from “Hot & Healthy, talks with me about what a happier life might be and how you might go about finding it for yourself. 

Nicole takes us through how to identify our self-limiting beliefs, the white noise in our heads, and the effect this can have on our life choices, and our experiences of good health.  

This is a thought provoking, but fun, conversation about life, the choices we make and how they might change depending on your stage in life.  

One of Nicole’s top tips…. Be Kinder to Yourself……

Nov 4, 2016

Have you ever thought of using your holiday to start out on your health and fitness journey rather than getting fit to go on holidays? Well believe it or not there are people out there who can help you do just that. Samantha Lippiatt has probably one of the best jobs in the world, as voted by me of course. Samantha is a director of Health & Fitness Travel and her job is to find and manage holidays that can help make you, or keep you, healthy and fit. Anything from learning to swim and mountain climbing, through to amazing yoga and wellness retreats. Health & fitness travel have holidays all over the world from St Lucia and Europe through to luxury escape walks in Australia.  

We talk about solo travel, particularly as a woman, and how you can use as little as a few days to get yourself started to feeling healthy again.  So have a listen and get some inspiration for your next break, so you come back looking and feeling like a million dollars. 

Oct 28, 2016

This week I chat with Bev Roberts from Living Fabulously about the Why and How of sleep.  

Sleep is one of the most important parts of being a healthy and well woman and Bev has had a lifetime of experience in both doing it badly and then doing it well. Bev has some fantastic simple strategies that you could easily implement to improve your sleeping habits. 

So put your feet up, have a chamomile tea and listen in.

Oct 21, 2016

Janine Hall interviews Fit N Fifty Plus Podcast Host Jennifer Gale. We cover the highlights of the year and talk about why the Fit N Fifty Plus Podcast was developed. Where did the idea for sharing information about being a fit and healthy woman come from? We cover off the top three tips for being a fit and healthy woman over 50 that guests have given in the last year. We also discuss finding time and the guilt that sometimes goes along with putting yourself first. 

Along the way we talk about Jennifer’s journey, trials and tribulations as well, to doing her first triathlon at 50 and where to from here. An episode packed with tips and tricks.

Oct 14, 2016

Susan Randall, the National Director for Science and Education at the National Osteoporosis Foundation in America, talks with me about bones, skeletons, calcium, exercise and diet. 

How do our bones develop and what do we need to do when we are young to help them build up a bank we can draw from when we get older? Why do our bones get weaker as we get older? What role does diet and exercise play in keeping us healthy as women. How much calcium and Vitamin D do I need every day and how do I get it. 

If I have osteoporosis what do I need to do and what are the treatments available to me? 

A very meaty conversation with good easy to understand information about being a fit and healthy, and unbreakable, Fit N Fifty Plus woman.

Oct 7, 2016

Jutta is simply a fascinating and extremely positive woman.  

With a long career in midwifery she has a keen interest in all things women’s health. Jutta has lived all over the world and currently divides her time between Berlin and Australia. Jutta has a very different and down to earth take on being a healthy woman.  

Jutta teaches Hormone Yoga and she takes us through why she believes this can really help you as a woman, but particularly through your menopause. We also take a few moments to do a bit of online breathing and relaxation. You will definitely feel better after you listen in to this one.

Sep 30, 2016

Amy McAuley is passionate about power-hooping and making exercise fun. Amy moved with her family to New Zealand and had been power-hooping in the UK. There weren’t any classes in New Zealand so she set them up herself because she loves it so much. 

Most of us would have used a hula hoop as a child. Power-hooping is like hula hooping on steroids as the hoop is weighted. Not only do you use it around your waist but the hoop is used to incorporate aerobic, weight work and Pilates to give you an all-round workout that is also a lot of fun. 

Amy talks about the benefits of power-hooping both physical and mental and the sense of community that attending classes can give you. 

Amy’s top tips; find something you love to keep you exercising and take time to care for yourself every day. 

Sep 23, 2016

She Science is an amazing little company founded by Tish Monahan that is devoted to ensuring women are supported. Eh not in the usual way but in the most important way with their sports bras and gear making sure they can achieve great things. 

Tish is really passionate about providing the best solutions for every woman, a passion born out of her own experience and one which she works hard at achieving. Tish talks with me about buying and choosing the right bra for you and being comfortable no matter what. We go into detail about whether or not you should have underwire and why a tank top is really not enough. 

Tish understands that not all women are the same size and might have different needs for their tops and bottoms. She Science stocks up to a size J and 22 which is quite something. She has a team of people dedicated to working with women of all shapes and sizes. 

Join Tish and I as we talk about the trials and tribulations of being active whilst being comfortable. 

Sep 16, 2016

Lisa is a yoga practitioner, teacher and leader of retreats to India. Lisa took up teaching yoga full time as an older woman after a career in Public Health and she hasn’t looked back. After managing to do her first headstand at 44 Lisa realised that there was so much more she could do with her life if she only tried. 

Lisa talks about her practice, and about the many health benefits of Yoga, from calming your mind through to being a part of a community of like-minded people. We talk through how to find the right yoga, and the right yoga teacher for you, as well as a discussion on online yoga and its uses. 

Lisa also discusses Menopause and the use of mindfulness to help you travel that journey naturally. Lisa’s number 1 tip “Treat Yourself Lightly”. 

This conversation will inspire you to have a go at Yoga that is if you don’t practice already.

Sep 9, 2016

Toni Planinsek talks with me about her amazing life. More pointedly about her experience of dealing with 2 bouts of breast cancer and now ovarian cancer.  

You would think that this would have made her feel a little defeated but Toni has a very philosophical view on being ill which is I think unique. 

Listen in as Toni talks through her experience and the differences 20 years has made to the treatment of women with cancer. Particularly the preservation of a woman’s hair, and what that has meant to her. 

Toni is a positive and exuberant woman with a passion for life, who seems to have learned the lesson of gratitude for each and every day, and every thing.  

This is a very personal conversation about having cancer as a woman. How it makes you feel, what changes in you and what might be a good philosophy to deal with it. I was honoured she was prepared to share this with me and with you. I encourage you to listen in.

Sep 2, 2016

Peta Green is a Morning Mojo Guru and an expert in getting you moving fast enough to burn calories but more importantly keeping you fit so you can enjoy your life. 

Peta is a personal trainer who carefully explains how you can get fitter in less time through HIIT, High-Intensity Interval Training. Moira and I discuss the current state of play in exercise science and talk about how you can fit this into your life with some great examples. 

Peta has some great tips including her 50/ 10 rule for moving more in your day, and her 8/12 sec HIIT regime. 

You really will learn something to help you and possibly also reduce the amount of time you thought you needed to exercise. This is a conversation loaded with practical tips.

Aug 26, 2016

Water off a Ducks Back, I’m sure we all know that saying really well. This week’s guest, Moira Tobin, felt it reflected her philosophy on health and fitness so well she named her business after it. A business focused on food that you grow yourself, and physical fitness using the outdoors and your own body. Nothing fancy just plain common sense and using what you do every day to be healthy and well.

Moira had always wanted to walk the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory of Australia. Having been there to see it with her family she had thought it would be too hard for her to do. Then one of her best friends and training partner died suddenly and she realized that life is short and set about training for and completing it.

Moira’s story contains some remarkable insights into the simplicity of keeping well and healthy, and about taking time for yourself so you can be there for other people.

Moira’s big tip drink more water. If you do nothing else, drink more water.

So if you have something you have always wanted to do it then set your goal and make a plan.

Aug 12, 2016

Kokoda Trail Blazer Yvonne Shepherd is the Chief Adventurer for Women’s Fitness Adventures. What a cool title…. Yvonne decided a few years ago that she should do something special in her 50th year. Unlike most people she eschewed the usual romantic options of champagne in Paris or a Hot Air balloon flight, and with some of her friends and family they decided to walk the Kokoda Track. 

The Kokoda Track was made famous through the 2nd world War and the defense of the Pacific against the Japanese. It is an incredibly grueling, physically challenging 96 km trek through the Owen Stanley Ranges in Papua New Guinea, a single person track through a tropical jungle. It is also well known as a vehicle for taking a long hard look at yourself and your life. 

Yvonne gives us an incredible insight in what it takes to do something like this. Shares some of the good and not so good things about an adventure of this type and talks with me about the effect this has had on her and her family. Yes she also took her teenage son along. 

Yvonne enjoyed this so much she is now putting together a trip so that other women can experience this for themselves. Watch this space. 

An incredible woman and an incredible journey.

Aug 5, 2016

Do you have bad knees? Do you despair of ever being able to get fit? Well, this might just be the conversation for you. Tracey Hynes is an inspirational woman not just because she tries to be fit and healthy but that she managed to teach her knee to bend so she could ride her bike. By teach I literally mean that. Tracey couldn’t even do one revolution on her bike because her knee would not bend but she persevered for weeks on end until she could get around all the way and then she hasn’t looked back.

Her success spurred her on to even greater things such as actually taking mountain bike lessons and learning how to fall off without really hurting herself.

Tracey has since had one of her knees replaced with the other one on the way. Again Tracey used her bike as a motivation and rehabilitation tool to get her out in the fresh air again.

An inspiration to keep on going and don’t stop when you really, really want to do something.

Jul 29, 2016

Ever wanted to feel like flying? Well meet Hitz Legit 137, alias Krishna Everson, ace roller skater and amazingly fit and fifty woman who does the next best thing, roller skating. Krishna saw her first pair of skates at about age 8, fell in love with them and has been skating ever since. She loves it so much that one day when she was asked if she would like to try out for a roller derby, there began another chapter of her skating life. Krishna talks about the physicality of skating and the benefits of it, as well as taking us through some of the rules and language of the game.

Krishna encourages us all to at least go and watch a game, with great music and the glamour of the players she says you will be hooked. If you know how to skate then pull them out of the cupboard, put them on, and go for a spin. If not go anyway and maybe you can learn too, after all we only live once.

Jul 22, 2016

Undies under your Knicks or not? Find out the answer when I chat with Jan Stevenson about women's cycling gear. We cover off everything from correctly fitting helmets through to little gadgets to help you be seen and why you shouldn't shake hands in your gloves. Even if you don't ride it is a fun conversation about women being fit and having fun.

Jul 15, 2016

Resilience in times of change. What is it, why do you need it and how do you get it? Listen is as I talk with Valerie Orton an expert in resilience and helping people harness it to manage life’s ever changing landscape.

Our conversation takes us from a ski lodge in Austria, to the wonders of your mirror and loving yourself. Valerie talks about the 7 “R’s” of resilience, which she features in her about to be released book, and shares what she thinks are the three most important things for women over 50 in developing resilience for themselves.

A very in-depth conversation about what it takes to be a more complete human being so you can enjoy what life has to offer you.

Jul 8, 2016

One of the most interesting things that can happen when you are over 50 is the arrival of Grandchildren. For many of us it is a new and different experience as we revisit all of the things we learned as young mothers.

Dympna Kennedy works with new mothers, and fathers in the first 12 months of the babies’ life. In particular women who have had a high flying corporate career or executive position where everything has always turned out just right. As we all know a new baby is not at all like that and it can be a pretty hair raising journey as you learn all about your new little person.

Dympna also works with the extended family and that more often than not involves Grandparents which is why she is talking with us all about how to be a great Grandmother. Dympna takes us through some of the science of new babies and their brain development to explain why they behave as they do. She also talks about how to help and how to be a part of making sure a new baby feels safe and loved.

Jul 1, 2016

Trish Walker amazing, incredible shrinking woman and an absolute inspiration. Trish had spent her whole life battling with being very overweight. In fact, she gained and lost 50 kgs three times during her life until she found a solution that worked for her.

Trish talks candidly about what that journey was like and how she found the key to remaining fit, healthy and well. Her conversation will inspire and delight you and I am positive there will be some things that you can relate to as well.

Jun 24, 2016

Feeling a little Nutty? If you really want to know the amazing facts about nuts and why you should be eating them then this is the episode for you. Accredited, Practising Dietitian Sally Marchini joins us again to give us the latest information on Nuts.

  • Why they are so good for you.
  • What are the best kinds
  • How many should we have every day and what exactly are nut butters?

We also bust the myth that nuts make you fat and talk through the research around that.

Listen  in and crunch up.

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