Programme helps women with menopausal trials
Central Otago’s menopausal women will no longer have to ‘‘suffer in silence’’ with a Cromwell gym offering the country’s first Menofitness training programme.
International menopause expert Lyn Miller, of Menofitness, said NRG Health and Fitness had been trialling the programme and due to its success had partnered with the Australian-based company.
‘‘This is very new to New Zealand. I have been training personal trainers in menopause and fitness in five different countries around the world, including New Zealand ... NRG is the first ones in New Zealand at the moment to do it. We are starting off in Cromwell so we are excited about that.’’
NRG Health and Fitness manager and personal trainer Cat Keene had completed the training to deliver the Hormone Enhancement Programme to clients. The programme was largely about educating women about menopause to ultimately eradicate the symptoms through exercise and nutrition.
‘‘The problem with exercise for women over 40 is many personal trainers and gyms take the one-sizefits-all approach but that doesn’t work with women due to fluctuating hormone levels. This programme addresses their current hormone level situation because we test their hormones through a saliva kit.
‘‘Many women suffer in silence because they think it is normal, but it doesn’t have to be like that. It can be fixed. They don’t have to suffer from it. Menopause is normal, menopausal symptoms are not.’’
Keene said she was currently taking two clients through the programme, including Cromwell woman Di Dewit who had noticed huge improvements.
‘‘She was lacking energy, gaining weight, had trouble falling asleep, was feeling really down in the dumps. We got her tested and found out she was suffering from adrenal fatigue. Over four weeks, we focused on the four steps of the programme. She lost seven kilos in four weeks, feels happy with herself . . . of the 37 quite bad menopausal symptoms we identified, after the four weeks it reduced to 15.’’
To be able to offer clients this programme was ‘‘really exciting’’, she said.
‘‘There are so many women going through this stage of their life I needed to understand more about how to train them and help them get through it in a natural way.’’
XXX: NRG Health and Fitness Manager and Personal Trainer Cat Keene, with client Di Dewit who has been undergoing ‘‘Menofitness’’ training at the Cromwell gym.