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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Mar 23, 2018

Peta Gillian from Strong Healthy Women joins me to talk all things weights and weight training for women.

Why training with weights and resistance training is important and just what can you do.

As usual, Peta has some fun little tips to keep you smiling. We talk through the difference between actual weights and just using your body. Balance skills and how to jazz it up a little.

Feb 23, 2018

Yes the delightful Sally Marchini APD joins me once again in the hot seat to talk specifically about eating for your exercising body.

Sally talks in detail about what you should and should not be worrying about. As well as some really good advice on keeping it simple. We cover off on superfoods, carb loading and a whole host of other things food related.

Feb 9, 2018

It would be fair to say that personal trainers come from all walks of life and backgrounds but JJ Armstrong has possibly the best and most fascinating background of anyone I have ever met.

You see JJ was responsible for the personal training of combat soldiers in the British Army. So in fact their lives depended on their fitness and that was what JJ was responsible for. It’s fair to say that JJ’s journey since then has been quite remarkable from being one of the few female trainers in the British Army she went on to learn even more by studying at the prestigious United States Sports Academy.

All of this has led her to develop a different approach to ageing, keeping fit and burning fat. She has 2 well tried and tested programmes Transform2Alpha and T2A Combat Aging. A very inspiring and intelligent woman we have a fantastic conversation about just how hard is too hard, and the physiology of getting and keeping fit as we get older. We also talk about the power of your mind and how that can make or break your health.

Oct 6, 2017

Jo Drennan is a very funny woman but she wasn’t always that way. After a lifetime of very straight and structured thinking Jo realised that she needed to change if she was going to enjoy the rest of her life. Jo did something that not many of us would even think about doing let alone follow through with. Jo decided to go and learn how to do Improv Comedy, and it changed her life. Learning to communicate using humour has unlocked her passion for living, her ability to communicate with the people around her and most importantly allowed her to really live her life. 

Listen in to a very, very funny conversation about life as a woman, being yourself and dating as you get older.  

Sep 1, 2017

Weight, what is it really, and what are you really made up of? This week I ponder that question with Accredited Practicing Dietitian Sally Marchini. Sally and I talk about a new machine that can tell you the exact make up of your body especially where your fat is hiding. Why is that important? Well it does make a difference to your health, so listen in to find out where it should and shouldn’t be. 

Sally and I also talk about women’s health week and the importance of looking after yourself and attending to your own health checks. 

Aug 25, 2017

Have the courage to take the first step Drag your bike out of the shed and have some fun. Tina McCarthy is the very definition of fun. Behaving like a child comes naturally to her especially when riding her bike.

Tina is the founder of Wheel Women, a group dedicated to teaching women cycling skills and increasing the number of women riding their bikes. Tina is also the recipient of the Iris Dixon Medal which recognized her contribution to women’s cycling. 

This conversation has some great tips for starting out but also great commentary on being a “sports” person as a woman over 50.

Check in and then check out on the road and into nature and have some fun.

Jul 14, 2017

Yes, that is right you can rule your little corner of the world using an activity app called Run and Rule. Best of all it’s free.  

This week I catch up with Clare Sanders from Run and Rule, a new activity tracking app for IPhones that she and her partner have developed.  

The app tracks your activity and then uses that to allow you to build up your territory, therefore letting you rule your world.  

It’s simple and easy to use, but best of all great fun. You can have teams, as well as using it on your own. 

Clare also shares some great tips for making activity a part of your everyday.  Give it a go you never know it might just be the one thing that keeps you out there and moving.

Jun 9, 2017

Corina Collins decided it was time to create a new life and as a part of that took to designing her own sport wear for real women, and in colors other than black. Yes, women who are a little bigger than size 6 and definitely over 18. 

Corina talks with me about her decision and also about what makes good sportswear and what you should look for when buying. We talk about good design, designs with sleeves and buying good quality so you can’t see through, especially your tights! 

Check it out there will be some tips in here for everyone. 

Oh and since we interviewed Corina her company has now processes to ship overseas.

Jun 2, 2017

“When you’re sitting on the edge of the plane with your legs tucked under the fuselage you realise there is no backing out.” 

Alison Vidotto is a mother of 6, an award winning business woman and an author, who has a challenge for herself to do one extreme thing every year. This year it was skydiving!  

Why would you do that I hear you say? Join me in an exploration of her adventure, and her reflections on life and how to live it well.

May 26, 2017

Leanne has a passion for helping people get the best out of their life. Despite pressure to become a Doctor Leanne decided that drowning people in pills was not the best way to go, and that exercise and movement was more likely to get long lasting results.  

Leanne has a fascination for the human body and takes us through some simple treatments for some of the aches and pains we might experience. This includes an in depth discussion on why heat packs really work and when and where to use them. 

If you have ever wondered when to use ice and when to use heat, and exactly how your body responds to injury, then this conversation will definitely fill in your information gaps.  

May 5, 2017

Yesiree Fit N Fifty Plus managed to get not one but three guests on to talk about boxing, why you should do it, what you need and also how much fun it can be.  

Join with Peta Gillian ( yes almost a regular), Alexander Norris and Sallyanne Milham, all from Strong Healthy Women Brisbane, as I try to get to grips with the fun of punching.  

All three women are fun and have great tips and insights into getting fit and having fun.

Mar 24, 2017

All I can say is wow I am in awe of Jenny Ryder. Having developed a passion for being fit and healthy just before she turned 50 Jenny decided to go the whole hog and buy a gym a year ago and she isn’t looking back.  

 Jenny talks about what makes a good gym great and what you should look for in a good gym as well as giving us her tips for keeping fit and healthy which includes “Make it Fun”. She also talks about “Suck it up Buttercup” an obstacle event she is training some women for. You really will love this conversation.  

 If ever you are in downtown Grafton NSW look her up she has offered a free session!  

Feb 24, 2017

The amazing Pilgrims walk is something that many of us dream about but few of us find the time and the energy to complete. Meet Doreen Schwegler a woman with an appetite for walking and adventures of all kinds and who manages to have both of these things in spades. Doreen is a naturopath with a background in scientific research and very much an inspirationally active woman over 50. Doreen talks about the beauty, trials and tribulations of doing such a long walk and shares some of her stories from along the way. Doreen also shares some of the other adventures from her life as well as her philosophy and tips for being fit, well and healthy over 50.

Feb 17, 2017

Yes, that’s right this weeks’ guest encourages you to make love to your skin twice a day. Debbie Majella from Door of Youth talks with me about looking fabulous in your own skin. Loving yourself firstly, and taking care of your skin in the best and simplest way possible. Debbie shares some great tips about dry brushing and AHA and why you should be looking at the ingredients in your skin care products. So if you are wondering how to get back your youthful glow listen in for some fantastic information.

Feb 10, 2017

Have you ever wondered about the mysteries of hitting that little white ball around the lawn? If so, and maybe if you just want to know a bit more, you should listen in to my conversation with Deborah Marsland. Deborah loves her golf and takes time out to tell us why it is so good for you, how to start and how it can help to keep you a fit and active woman. Deb also realised that it was hard to get good women’s gear and so she established her own online shop Fairways.

Feb 3, 2017

Yes it is actually a thing you can do. More importantly my guest this week teaches it. Monique Carole has many strings to her bow, kinesiologist and wholistic health practitioner but her most amazing skill is teaching you how to do pilates on a paddleboard. Listen in as Monique shares her philosophies on life and health and explains how you too can get out on a paddleboard. I guarantee you will learn something.

Jan 27, 2017

We’ve talked with intrepid adventurer Moira Tobin from Ducks Back before but this time we are focusing on her fabulous challenge that everyone can get involved in. Walking 2017 klms in this year of 2017. Moira’s mantra is just move, move more today than yesterday and you will get there.

Believe it or not 2017 klms is less than the recommended 10k steps a day and you can do it however you want. You can add a walk to whatever you do each day or simply count your steps. It really doesn’t matter, what really matters is that you commit to trying and keeping in touch via a Facebook page. The community developing from this initiative and the page is quite amazing with many people committing to daily activity for the first time. Listen in for some New Year Motivation.

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.

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