Menopause and Performance: Navigating Hormonal Changes

Age doesn’t have to be a barrier to success in endurance sport. As women hit their forties and beyond, hormone changes during the peri-menopause and menopause can affect our body shape, performance, mind and soul – but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Female athletes can achieve amazing performances in their forties plus, this October for World Menopause month we’ll show you how.

Last year, Joan Benoit Samuelson 40 years after her record-setting 2:35:15 at the Boston Marathon took on the course again with the hope of finishing within 40 minutes of her original time.

She succeeded, with a time of 3:05:18 at the age of 61. Samuelson’s dedication to running gives us a fresh perspective when it comes to the effects of age on performance.

Peri-menopause and beyond

Have you started to notice your body is aching more, your recovery is taking longer or perhaps you’re putting on weight?

These hormonal changes can cause us to gain weight easily. We can struggle to build and maintain lean mass, our sleeping patterns can be affected and recovery can take longer.

When navigating the perimenopause and beyond usual nutrition and training don’t have the same effects as they used to. The good news is that regular exercise can help to ease symptoms related to shifting hormones. It’s important to adapt your training, recovery and eating habits to thrive as both a peri-menopausal and menopausal athlete.

This October, we’re going to help you navigate these hormonal changes with our special online course for female athletes facing this transition.

We’ll be guiding you on:

  • What foods you should be eating to counteract an increase in body fat
  • Recovery strategies for forties plus female athletes for continued wellness
  • How to switch up your workouts for hormone balance & performance
  • Essential workouts for improved performance and more

If you’re interested in our upcoming online series of programmes, including Strength and Stability for the Menopause Athlete, and more sign up for launch details.

Sign up here to be notified as soon as our online series goes live.