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

What Women in Menopause Learned About Exercise May Be A Lie | Debra Atkinson | TEDxMountPenn
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NOTE FROM TED: Please do not look to this talk for medical advice. This talk only represents the speaker’s personal views of and business approach to menopause and exercise which lacks legitimate scientific support. We’ve flagged this talk because it falls outside the content guidelines TED gives TEDx organizers. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here: http://storage.ted.com/tedx/manuals/tedx_content_guidelines.pdf

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

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  1. I have been waiting years for someone to say this! In my late 40s I realized sometimes I needed to rest more than I needed to exercise to feel good. Now that I'm retired I know I feel my best with moderate exercise every other day for 30 min never every day or more than once a day–swimming, biking, or weights. It always refreshes me but if I do too much it makes me tired.

  2. I disagree in part, I’m 56 fit and healthy, at my fittest I’ve been in my life and I have always been fit. I exercise every day but mix this up between yoga, cardio, archery, walking, kayaking and cycling. I eat very well, following a plant based diet with the proper replacement of animal based proteins, no alcohol and no smoking and always cook from scratch. The women mentioned needed a work life balance and to stop dieting. They were quite likely to have been doing the wrong exercise, eating the wrong type of food at the wrong time of day with large portion sizing and snacking on the wrong things.

  3. I've gone from a size 4 to an 8 in less than a year due to perimenopause and menopause. I used to jog and speed walk until plantar facitis hindered my pace. Have cried in the dressing room too many times, not sure what to do….

  4. Thank you, Debra, and congrats for your success 🎉What most resonated with me is that our physical activities are best done, not according to anyone but you/to ourselves.
    🤩💜💪🏼🥑🙌🏼 And this goes for our food, vegan is best for me & most people… And that way we can raise awareness and KINDNESS with animals, the planet, and each other 🐶🐮🐱🐷🐰🐷🐶🐮🐔🐶💜🤩 Even if we all do meatless Monday, we can make a difference!

  5. The takeaway is listen to your body and let go of rigid exercise routines and goals. It's easy to get caught up in notions about performance and appearance instead of finding the groove that actually works. Exercise and recovery go hand in hand and are supported by sleep and nutrition.

  6. I’m 55 now and have been post menopausal since 51. I’ve never been a high intensity fitness person, but rather just an avid edible gardener and swimmer. I swim daily in a lake and feel that’s plenty of exercise along with gardening. I never skimped on food either. I’ve been eating whole food plant-based for over 25 years. Menopause was a breeze for me probably due to that eating and exercise lifestyle. I think if we get back to how our great great ancestors lived in closer relationship with nature, exercise and food shouldn’t be anything we obsess over, but what rather do naturally. Stay strong ladies. 😉

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