Pro­gramme helps women with menopausal tri­als

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By JO McKEN­ZIE-McCLEAN

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.’’

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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.

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