Sara Reynolds works with a variety of women, some who are entering peri-menopause and menopause. As the decades roll by, needs and requirements change. Our bodies are resilient, so it’s never too late (or too early) to start new routines. Here are some of the key areas that can really help to focus on from MMBC Founder and Coach Sara.
1. Support Your Cells
Looking after your body from the inside out and taking care with what you put in, as much as what you put on your skin is critical to supporting long term health. One fundamental component to your cells working well is nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+). It’s a vital coenzyme that gives our cells energy and helps repair DNA—two key components of healthy aging and longevity. Eating a balanced diet and supplementing with nicotinamide riboside (NR)—one of the most efficient and studied ways to increase NAD+—helps.
2. Get Good Sleep
Getting quality sleep is very important as we age—our bodies repair themselves during this time by releasing growth hormone. Especially with regular exercise maintaining hygienic sleep routines is critical to injury prevention, our mental and emotional health long term. As women, perimeter-menopause can start to create problems with sleep quality and consistency. If this is the case for you, have a chat to your Gp or pharmacist. There are a variety of things that may be the cause but equally, there are a multitude of options you can introduce to support this essential part of our recovery and wellbeing needs.
3. Move Your Body
A balanced exercise program—including aerobic activity, strength training, balance, and flexibility—contributes to healthy ageing. It physically helps prevent falls and reduce pain and physiologically benefits overall health as we age. If you’re trying to conceive, it also helps to improve your egg (and sperm) count. It is never too late to start an exercise regimen and one that includes some form of resistance exercise is really important for women. Try a Glow Fusion or Strong Body workout with Sara.
4. Maintain Healthy Relationships
Research shows that having healthy relationships and social connections affects our mental and physical health as we age, potentially improving our overall health and our longevity. Communication is key, learning how to express your needs and experiences in a healthy way supports your nervous system and health long term.
5. Avoid Alcohol & Nicotine
Alcohol and nicotine can accelerate the aging process, potentially (prematurely) shortening telomeres—the repetitive DNA sequence at the end of our chromosomes that is linked to aging—in all our cells, impacting how quickly we age.
6. Get Professional Support Around You
Knowing the status of your health, with concrete therapeutic and diagnostic testing (instead of guessing), can preemptively address health issues before they get too far along. It also reduces stress and any catastrophizing internal narratives that may crop up. Numbers don’t lie, so if you get a clear snap short with your health care professional early on, you are better placed to be supported through the decades to come. Take responsibility for your health and wellbeing early to avoid problems long term.