We've all heard the advice about strength training in midlife and menopause, but not everyone knows why it's so important, or how to create a relationship with strength training that fits into your life.
And like most things related to exercise, the conversation around strength training often gets caught up in talk about metabolism and weight, leaving many women feeling like they're doing something wrong if it's "not working".
So I love the conversation that I have with Dr. Maria Luque because we talk about what strength training actually is, why it's important to maintain muscle in midlife, how much and how often we should be incorporating strength-focused movement, and how to avoid the pitfalls of "all or nothing" thinking.
Dr. Maria Luque is a fitness expert, health science professor, menopause nerd, and busy mother passionate about sharing knowledge and helping women lead healthier, happier lives. She's the creator of Fitness in Menopause, a company dedicated to helping women navigate the challenges and rewards of menopause. She currently holds both graduate and post-graduate degrees in health sciences and certifications as Certified Health Education Specialist and ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. In her Fitness in Menopause Masterclass she helps women find the fun in movement during menopause and her course Menopausal Fitness: Training the Menopausal Client is a NASM, AFAA, and ACE- accredited continuing education course for fitness professionals. She teaches at the College of Health and Human Services at Trident University International and is a freelance writer for fitness publications.
You can reach her on IG @drmarialuque and FB @fitnessinmenopause. Her website is www.FitnessInMenopause.com