I was honoured to interview Anna Black from The 40s Woman & Beyond over on Instagram. Anna is a PT specialising in women in their 40s and beyond. She’s sharing her wisdom on movement, exercise and how to balance changing and fluctuating hormones.
Hormonal changes in the 40s
Jenny: Welcome to today's interview, where we will discuss nurturing well-being in your 40s and beyond. Joining us today is Anna, founder of 40s Woman & Beyond, a holistic well-being expert with extensive knowledge and experience supporting individuals during this transformative stage of life. Welcome, Anna!
Anna: Thank you! I'm excited to be here and share valuable insights on holistic well-being for individuals in their 40s and beyond.
Jenny: Let's dive right in. Many people in their 40s experience significant changes in their bodies. Could you shed some light on the hormonal aspects and how they impact overall well-being during this period?
Anna: Absolutely. In our 40s, hormonal changes, such as a decline in estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, can occur at different speeds and times for each individual. These changes often start in the mid-40s and continue until around the age of 52 when menopause typically occurs. It's not just about the decline in hormones but also the fluctuation and imbalance that can happen, causing various symptoms. It's important to understand that hormonal imbalances can affect not just physical health but also mental and emotional well-being.
Hormonal balance and exercise
Jenny: How can exercise play a role in supporting hormonal balance?
Anna: Exercise is a key factor in supporting hormonal balance. Regular physical activity helps hormones pass through the body more efficiently. When it comes to managing hormonal changes, it's beneficial to focus on exercises that mimic the effects of estrogen. Strength training and high-intensity workouts can be particularly helpful in replacing some of the functions that estrogen used to provide. We can positively impact hormonal balance by keeping the body moving and engaging in activities that support strength and vitality.
Jenny: Are there any exercise recommendations or precautions individuals should keep in mind during this phase of life?
Anna: Absolutely. It's important to embrace variety and include some relative intensity in your exercise routine and avoid falling into repetitive patterns. By incorporating different types of physical activities, we challenge our bodies and prevent them from becoming too efficient at one specific exercise, which can reduce its effectiveness over time. Including mobility exercises like yoga and pilates is crucial, as they promote flexibility and prevent stiffness, which can be common as we age. Additionally, nourishing our bodies with proper nutrition after intense exercise is vital for optimal recovery.
Jenny: What advice do you have for individuals who have never prioritised exercise or movement in their lives and are now considering it in their 40s?
Anna: It's never too late to start prioritizing your well-being. If you're new to exercise, I recommend starting with small steps and gradually building your fitness routine. Consistency is key, even if you begin with short exercise sessions. Every effort counts, and you'll notice the positive impact on your well-being over time. Remember, it's about finding activities that you enjoy and that align with your goals. Starting with something as simple as walking regularly can be a great first step towards a more active lifestyle. Always start where you are, and check in with a professional before getting too intense on your movement journey. Form is absolutely key.
Well-being beyond exercise
Jenny: Apart from exercise, what are some other tips you have for individuals in their 40s and beyond to feel youthful and maintain overall well-being?
Anna: Beyond exercise, there are a few key factors to consider. Spending time outdoors, fostering a sense of community, and engaging in activities that bring you joy can contribute to a more youthful mindset. Managing stress levels through practices such as mindfulness, meditation, or engaging in hobbies can also make a significant difference. Additionally, maintaining a healthy sleep pattern and prioritizing self-care routines that address both physical and emotional needs can support overall well-being.
How to find Anna
Jenny: If our audience would like to learn more or connect with you, where can they find you?
Anna: Absolutely! You can find me, for example on Instagram. I'm always happy to connect, answer questions, and provide further guidance on nurturing well-being in your 40s and beyond. I also host events and workshops focused on this topic, where individuals can gather valuable insights and join a supportive community.
Jenny: That's wonderful! Do you have any upcoming events that our audience should know about?
Anna: Yes, indeed! I have an upcoming Life Hacks event in Letchworth at the end of September. It's a fantastic opportunity to dive deeper into supporting your body during this transformative phase of life. We'll cover various topics related to holistic well-being and provide practical tips. Tickets are available, and there's a special offer for those who book in July. It's going to be an amazing event!
Jenny: Thank you so much, Anna, for joining us today and sharing your expertise on nurturing well-being in your 40s and beyond. We appreciate your valuable insights and the guidance you've provided. For our audience, remember that it's never too late to prioritize your well-being and embrace a holistic approach to health during this remarkable stage of life.
Anna: Thank you for having me! It was a pleasure discussing this important topic. Remember, your well-being matters, and I encourage everyone to embark on this journey with enthusiasm and curiosity. Feel free to reach out if you have any further questions or would like to connect.
Anna Black cannot be held responsible for any injury or harm caused as a result of participation in any session or ideas you follow as a result of reading this blog. You are taking part at your own risk - please make sensible decisions. Check in with your GP if you have any concerns before making changes.
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