What Women in Menopause Learned About Exercise May Be A Lie | Debra Atkinson | TEDxMountPenn

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Debra Atkinson has 35 years of fitness experience, is an International fitness presenter for associations including the International Council on Active Aging, IDEA, NSCA, and Athletic Business, and CanFitPro. Debra has 35 years of fitness experience, is an International fitness presenter for associations including the International Council on Active Aging, IDEA, NSCA, and Athletic Business, and CanFitPro. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


ruth sternberg says:

I am suspicious of advice offered by a person not trained in nutritional science. Sure. Exercise is important. Sure. Not obsessing is probably good. But I'm sorry, weight is a health risk, no matter how many "good golf" days you have. If you are happy, that's great! But that doesn't mean your insides are healthy. Have you ever seen an overweight or obese 80+ year old? Probably not. Well, not above ground, anyway. The answer: change your habits. You have to exercise. Especially after menopause. Even if you hate it. Make it work.

Denise Doscher says:

Okay, so what information did she really tell? There is no specific information on why this works? No scientific proof spoken of. She just basically said don’t exercise much and do not diet. So how exactly does this work?

llisa gomez says:

What they leave out is that every woman is different. She may have a faster metabolism. Believe me, this won’t work. “Honoring yourself” will cause a 20lb weight gain.

llisa gomez says:

Try this, you’ll gain 20lbs

Body by V Fitness says:

If you were training two hours a day, you are in a constant catabolic state that exceeds recovery capacity. It is about properly dosed intensity with appropriate rest between sessions. People who think they’ll get lean by doing hours of cardio have been brainwashed.

nessie mupfeki says:

Good presentation but I think a good conclusion would have been a minute or two on what eating more means. Does it mean if my body needs 2000cal per day I eat 2500? Also eating what? Some people will just jump and go eat all the junk food they can find to "eat more"

Thais Zeuch says:

I need to exercise not only for my body but for my mind. I really enjoy doing it. I also have issues with exercising less. But perhaps I need to be more mindful to add more rest days or less intensity days at least.

Feminine Manhands says:

No. All of this. Nope.

Suede Dogs says:

I am perimenopause . I don't exercise at all . The anxiety makes it impossible. 😕

Everita Dave says:

I cut exercises completely for 1 year and never looked and felt better! thank you for telling the truth. just no need to say – exercising is good for you. the only good thing for us is love. love and do what you will!

G Henderson says:

Love your boots, you rock. I will turn 49 next month and I handed in my resignation to leave a steady paycheck and start my own business.

Melynda Hoffman says:

That is a man…

Racer T says:

BHRT. Balance your hormones (Estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, gh) and eat whole organic, grass fed, grass finished, well sourced foods and you will not have to work out for weight issues…..I'm 50, 106 lbs and cannot gain weight, and look like I'm in super shape (testosterone, GH) I only work out because I have osteopenia and have to do weight bearing to help preserve and build bone. balance your hormones and you will not have menopausal weight issues. It won't even be a battle. I gained 20 pounds during peri menopause in my mid 40's and after balancing hormones I lost all the weight and I cannot put it back on. Movement alone does not increase bone mass. Please get bone density test if peri, meno or post meno, please.

Wendy Monette says:

I am a 52 year old menopausal woman. When I started on my road of menopausal symptoms, the doctors I spoke to (all male) told me to make sure that I was doing high impact exercise at least 30 minutes per day, five days per week. I have always been an avid walker and hiker, but I was told that this was not enough…I have been so paranoid and anxious that my walking and hiking 7 days per week is not enough to help me navigate the rough waters of menopause. This video was a relief and an affirmation of something I already knew deep down: to listen to my body first and foremost. Thank you for this post.

Minka Demko says:

I always knew workouts were overrated, and found that just being on my feet was good enough, as long as I'm moving around. Sitting for hours is terrible for my health. Sitting frequently in short spurts is good for me. I'm in my 70s.

Marylene Aubin says:

I started weight lifting 3 times per week one month ago..i ditched cardio (just doing 30 minutes zumba twice per week). Ditched the intermittent fasting and strict keto. Added good carbs And I'm amazed by the results in just one month..

On Angel Wings says:

At 54 I don't recognize myself. 30lbs overweight and struggling with anxiety and depression. 😭💔

Victoria Chubb says:

"When you honour yourself you will get the results you want!"

Pamela Ann says:

But I love exercise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kitty kit kat says:

Good advice, thank you

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