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 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!  

Mar 17, 2017

I’m lucky enough to have enticed Kristie Melling back into the studio to talk about taking good care of your body through massage, and how to do it yourself. Kristie from Feeling Peachy is a thoughtful, practical and vivacious massage therapist who believes in being kind to your body but also learning how to take care of it yourself. 

Join us as Kristie takes us through her new “Recharge Your Body” and “Couples Massage” programs and gives us a couple of really worthwhile tips for taking care of your feet and your partner.

Mar 10, 2017

Yes this weeks’ topic is X-rated, that is we are talking about sex, vaginas and things you can do to help you have a full, happy and sexy life. I am speaking with Natalie Holzgrefe from V’Juvenate about vaginal and sexual dysfunction and incontinence, and the latest technology to help you with these issues. 

So no missing out on your gym sessions or feeling uncomfortable and then not doing what you need or would like to do just because of problems “down there”. This is an depth discussion about a fascinating new treatment that might be just the right thing for you.

Mar 7, 2017

Money the age old issue that has brought world powers down, pushed couples apart and damaged the health of more than one of us in some way during our lives. This weeks’ guest Maggie Wilde talks with me about how you can improve your health, and your feelings of abundance, by changing your mindset. Maggie is an author as well as having an amazing business helping people change their mindsets to help them lose weight. Maggie and I talk through some simple strategies, that you can use every day, to help you get more of what you want and need from the universe.

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.

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.

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