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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Jun 10, 2016

Dr. Karla McKinlay is just simply an inspiration. Karla is an Ironwoman Triathlete and the first Australian woman over 70 to compete in an Ironman race. Karla has an amazing life story full of adventure and inspiration. Karla will be competing in the holy grail of triathlons in Kona Hawaii later this year after qualifying in the Port Macquarie event. This is an achievement considering she only started at the age of 62.

For those of you who don’t know, an Ironman race is 3.8k swim in open water, a 180k bike ride and then a full marathon.

 If you ever thought you couldn’t do something then listen to Karla, she will surely motivate you. One of her tips is never say that something is beyond you.

Jun 3, 2016

Cherri Davis is a master tea blender specialising in organic tea, and tea blends, that are good for your mind, body and soul.

Tea has been, and remains, a large part of many of our lives. The history of it, the ritual of it and the many tastes of tea, can evoke strong memories for many of us.

Cherri talks about her journey to being a tea expert and takes us through some of her favourite blends. We also talk about how to make the perfect cup of tea any time at all.

Put the Kettle on and listen in as we talk all things tea with Cherri.

May 27, 2016

Simone Leslie is a Neuro Strategist. What is that I hear you say? Well Simone works with the patterns we have in our brains that form our habits. and helps you to re-route your train tracks. A process she calls “Boot camp for the Brain”.

Join Simone and I as we go deeply into life, depression and self love. Simone talks about her journey to this work, and takes us through the process she uses to help you find fulfillment and acceptance of your true self.

This is a very deep and meaningful conversation that I am sure you will enjoy and learn from as much as I did.

May 20, 2016

Oils a'int Oils, Amanda Cuda is a Raindrop Technique Practitioner and an expert in essential oils. People have been using essential oils for thousands of years with the first known documentation found in the pyramids, as well as in Native American Indian Healing and over 200 references in the Bible.

So what are essential oils really, how do you use them and how can they help you be fit and well? Amanda explains what makes them unique and gives us some great tips for using them to relax and to sleep, as well as to focus.

If you want to know what a raindrop technique practitioner is then you will need to listen in.

May 13, 2016

Intimacy is one of the most enjoyable parts of our lives but it can easily go off track in a relationship. Join Terri and I as we talk through some of the issues that can occur and gives us some interesting insights into what we can do to help us bring a little life back into our relationships. Terri’s no 1 tip: Channel the sexy woman lurking inside of you and lose your inhibitions about your body. A thought provoking and sometimes funny discussion about relationships communication and being happy.

Life is way too short to not be happy in all areas of our lives.

May 6, 2016

“Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair” from the musical Hair. Stella De Zotti hairdresser extraordinaire is this week’s guest and we are talking all about hair, of course. Stella delves into the science and physiology of hair to explain how and why your hair looks and feels the way it is. We also talk about oestrogen and its relationship to how our hair looks.

She encourages us to stop and think about our hair, how to choose the right style and colour and also how to choose a hairdresser who is right for you. A fascinating and informative conversation with a passionate woman who knows more than I ever knew there was to know about hair.

Apr 29, 2016

A royal conversation with Amanda Edwards where we talk all things horses and the Queen. Amanda had her first ride on a horse before she was even born, and the earliest photos of her are of her on a horse. Amanda digs deeply into why having a connection with a horse could be good for your mental health as well as the physical benefits. Including amazing arms from carrying feed and saddles, and exceptional pelvic floor muscles. If you have ever wanted to try riding or if you are looking for something different have a listen and give it a try. Amanda also takes us through what to look for in a riding school and riding instructor.

Apr 22, 2016

Sophie is the author of “Road-testing Happiness” an ABC medical journalist and health commentator. Sophie and I chat about being happy. What it is, what you need to attain it and what you can do to have more of it.

We explore the elements she believes are necessary for happiness and some simple ways to incorporate them into your life.

Sophie’s top tip; just move, when you are stuck the simple act of moving will release you from that moment and give you a better perspective.

A really enlightening and down to earth conversation that will leave you feeling like you can be happy too.

Apr 15, 2016

Yes, there is another man in this tent. Andrew Barlow is passionate about feet, and the legs that are attached to them.

A qualified Podiatrist Andrew runs a number of clinics in Australia, and there isn’t very much he doesn’t know about how to care for your feet and legs and how to keep you walking and running on them, and enjoying your life.

Andrew and I discuss the mechanics of caring for your feet. And the biomechanics of how we move.

We cut through all of the marketing hype about shoes and dispel the myth that red shoes make you go faster. Cover what are the best shoes to use for what activity and how to get them fitted properly, so they help you keep active rather than give you pain.

Andrew also takes us through some of the very latest things that can be done to improve the way your feet sit in your shoes.

A great discussion on why you should not suffer pain when you exercise as a result of your shoes.

Andrews tip: Peep, & Pump, Not Point, Block Heels Under 5cm & Flatties under the desk.

Apr 8, 2016

Wow is all I can say about Debbie. An incredibly passionate woman, passionate about supporting women and their lives through dance.

Debbie reveals some of the secrets of belly dancing, and clarifies a few misconceptions about the reason there is belly dancing at all. Debbie talks about the power of the dance and the woman in the dance.

You will be transported back to the times of the early Hollywood movies and the famous Mata Hari? Who is that I hear you say well listen in and see.

A truly delightful conversation that will make you want to get up and dance.

Apr 1, 2016

Maggie’s story is one of remarkable resilience and positivity. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the brain and how it works. More importantly though how we can unlearn bad habits and relearn new ones that keep us healthier and happier.

Maggie talks about how our belief systems can cause us internal stress which is incredibly detrimental to our health. Also how we need to learn to challenge our beliefs if they are not giving us the life we want, or deserve.

This conversation will challenge you to become your own emotional detective and covers everything from Avocados to neural pathways and back again.

One thing I can promise you is you will come away with a more positive attitude to taking control of your life, and being happy with yourself.

Mar 25, 2016

Jules Galloway, Naturopath and Vibrantly Healthy Woman and creator of the 12 week Shiny Healthy You from fatigued to fabulous 12 weeks. Jules is a qualified naturopath who spent her early years doing what most of us do and living life to the absolute limit. Unfortunately, this meant that she also was chronically unwell with a variety of niggling issues that seemed to follow one after the other. Jules was introduced by her friends to the world of natural medicine and mostly good food and decided to go and learn for herself.

Over the last 10 years she has honed her philosophy down to what can only be described as simplicity itself. Put simply it is first and foremost about what you eat and the quality of that food.

Listen as Jules discusses her program that helps women get back to basics, yes basics how to cook and eat really good food.

We also talk about the role of stress in our lives and how that does seem to be at the center of most things that happen to our bodies.

A delightful and enlightening discussion about being healthy by eating simple, unprocessed foods and lots of full-fat dairy, and the importance of managing your stress.

Mar 18, 2016

Heather Stewart was just living her life the best way she knew how until one day her husband was diagnosed with diabetes. Then Heather innocently used one of her relatives Blood Pressure machines only to discover she had an undiagnosed heart condition. Heather decided it was time for a change and change she did.

Like a revolution, she swept everything out of her way until she had the healthiest life she could have. Heather shares with us her experience as a woman with a heart condition; takes us through her experience of the diagnostic tests and drugs and talks with me about her fear of dying but more importantly how much healthier she is now than she was when she was 30.

Heather is an inspiration from her willingness to learn how to install Skype to be interviewed so she could share her story, through to her determination to be well by taking good care of herself through her diet and exercise.

Heathers take home message take care of yourself you will feel amazing if you do. Oh and drink more water!

Mar 11, 2016

World renowned author and commentator on self-esteem and alcohol. Featured on the BBC, ITV Cosmopolitan and the Guardian, just to name a few. Georgia is an expert on the relationship between alcohol and our brain.

Georgia runs an innovative program called 7 days to Drink Less. People learn to understand why they drink, and develop different strategies to reduce consumption and become happier, healthier and more in control of their lives.

Listen as we examine our relationship as older women with alcohol and Georgia talks with me about some of the thinking issues we have as older women.

This is not a discussion about giving up drinking alcohol. It is a discussion where we shed some light on why we drink but more importantly how to take control and work with our brains.

Georgia’s message “Be Kind to Yourself” and “Don’t Try to Be Perfect”.

Mar 4, 2016

Sally Marchini, Accredited Practicing Dietitian tells us to eat well & be well, and if you're not get some professional help. Sally has had an interesting journey to her present role which is supporting people to understand that what they eat has a big effect on their well being. Sally became a dietitian because she was unwell herself and wanted to understand how to mange her illness better.

We talk about and explain current dietary guidelines. Sally makes it clear what you should be eating as an older woman every day. We also discuss not viewing food as the enemy but as something that nurtures your body so it can perform at its best.

Her discoveries will be your discoveries as she takes us through just how easy it is to eat good food.

Feb 26, 2016

Do you have a rumbly gut? Well Rebecca Coomes could be just the dose of salts you need. Rebecca runs a Healthy Gut Program, is the author of a beautiful cookbook and wellness coach. Listen as she talks about how our bodies are a reflection of what we put into them and her journey of discovery around food and food intolerances. Rebecca gives us some tips on being a healthy and fit woman and taking care of our gut!


Feb 19, 2016

Champion Tae Kwon Do black belt and pole dance teacher gives us a peek into her amazing world of being a woman, keeping fit and incredibly interesting after 50. Annette talks about how every woman should learn self-defence and why you have to wear shorts on the pole! Annette is an inspirational fit and healthy woman getting the very most out of her life and helping other women to do the same.

Feb 12, 2016

Did you know that your lips do not have sebaceous glands to keep them moist, and do you know what SPF really means? Janine Hall has been making her own organic skincare for almost 20 years. During that time she has worked with thousands of women and learned an awful lot about skin and lips. Listen in whilst Janine shares with us her secrets for lips that shimmer and shine. Find out what it is that makes Janine’s Lip Balm so special that it will soon be gracing the lips of Hollywood’s hottest stars on Oscars night. Come on and Pucker Up!

Feb 5, 2016

Feeling tired and low on energy is a common complaint from most women especially as we get older. Sarah Mccrum is an expert in personal energy having spent more than 20 years studying with Chinese Masters, as well as mastering her own life. Sarah talks with us about the things that either help or hinder us in mastering our own energy. Sarah explores what this means for our lives, and how doing a few simple things can really help us enjoy our lives on our own terms. Find out just what personal energy is and what you can do to power up in your life.

Jan 29, 2016

Don’t shut up shop just yet. Associate Professor Bev Lawton talks all things menopause. From hot flushes through to looking after your sex life by taking care of your vagina.  Listen as she explains exactly what estrogen does in your body and what happens when it starts to reduce. Bev explains the latest treatments available, when and where it might be for you and dispels many myths. So you don’t have to Shut up Shop just yet, get your lady bits back in shape and get out and enjoy your life, yes all of your life.

Jan 22, 2016

Don’t let embarrassment get in the way of enjoying a full and happy life. Dr Samantha Pillay Urological Surgeon gives us the very latest in information about the problem that nearly 1 in 2 women over 50 suffer from, urinary incontinence. Samantha is a world leading expert in this area. Listen as she explains what it really is and brings us up to date on the very latest treatments. Samantha also as takes us through some simple prevention strategies, and talks about the research she is involved in to test the latest gadgets on the market. Don’t let this one thing stop you from being fit and active and taking part in the best years of your life as a woman.

Jan 15, 2016

Get out there and try it is Wilma’s advice. Wilma, LIKED SPORTS at school but had NO CONFIDENCE IN HER ABILITY. SHE DECIDED TO GIVE master’s athletics A GO in her EARLY 30's as a way of meeting people and keeping fit by running. Now in her late 60’s Wilma is representing Australia in Heptathlon (7 events over 2 days) at the WORLD Masters Athletics CHAMPIONSHIPS. Listen as Wilma takes us through her late blooming athletic career as a woman.

Jan 8, 2016

Don’t be defined by your number. Author, entrepreneur and fearless woman Karen Sander talks to us about smashing the perceptions of age and living life to the full. Listen as Karen admits to recently pole dancing off a light pole for the first time and the joys of swimming in the ocean.

Jan 1, 2016

Are you a little creaky? Would you like to grease and oil those muscles and bones? Listen up to our first Male guest Brian Cotter who talks about the benefits of Magnesium. Why he likens it to WD40 for your body, why it could be good for your body and what exactly is in spray on Magnesium.

Dec 25, 2015

“Lets talk about sex baby...” Actually Belinda discusses women’s health and the effects of menopause on your body, including your sex life. Let’s face it we can never know enough about that. We also have a discussion on role modelling and the research Women’s Health Queensland Wide are conducting on how powerful this is for younger people in our lives. Belinda encourages us to talk about our problems and takes us through the ABC of good mental health. She also highlights some great resources you can access to help you on your journey.

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