Unlocking Strength: A Key to Menopause Wellness

May 20, 2024

 by Chrissy Shaver


Today, I wanted to talk about a crucial topic that's close to my heart: strength during the menopause journey. As I like to focus on "Strength is More Than Muscle," I want to shed light on how gaining muscle can be a game-changer for those navigating menopause.

Are you ready to level up your strength game? Say hello to progressive overload – your secret weapon for continuous gains in strength! So, what exactly is progressive overload? Here is your basic textbook definition: it's all about gradually increasing the intensity, duration, or frequency of your workouts over time. Sounds fancy, right? But don't worry, it's simpler than it sounds!

Here's how it works: Let's say you're lifting weights or doing resistance exercises. Instead of sticking to the same weight or number of reps every time, challenge yourself by adding more weight, increasing reps, or shortening rest periods between sets. By doing so, you're giving your muscles a friendly nudge to grow stronger and more resilient.

Now, you might be wondering, "How does this relate to menopause?" Well, let me tell you – it's a game-changer! During menopause, our bodies undergo significant changes, including a decline in muscle mass and bone density. For me I have been challenged by losing muscle and i will find it again, it has been challenging to say the least!  And if you to are wondering why you feel weaker or you are just not feeling yourself? Together we can regain that strength we once had, we just need to LIFT MORE, while still listening to our bodies and lifting smart.  Gaining muscle through progressive overload can help combat these changes and support overall wellness during this transformative journey.

By challenging our muscles with progressive overload, we're not only boosting strength but also enhancing bone health, metabolism, and mood. Plus, let's not forget the confidence boost that comes with feeling strong and empowered in our bodies!

But remember, it's essential to listen to your body and progress at a pace that feels comfortable yet challenging. Honor where you're at on your journey and celebrate every milestone along the way.  I was so "hellbent on not being in the menopause part of life that i actually did myself a disservice!  This is not something to put on the sideburner because it has been nothing but challenging to catch back up with were i need to be to function daily in strength and happiness. If this sounds like you, let's talk, we are not in this alone, i promises!  WE can overcome and be true to who we are as women on this menopause journey.  Our health and mood depend on us to pay attention to the subtle messages from our bodies not the big ones that take us down. 

So, let's embrace the power of progressive overload and unlock our inner strength during the menopause journey. Together, we can rise stronger and more resilient than ever before!

Sending you all love, strength, and endless support on your wellness journey. And if you have questions, please email or text me and let's open the conversation, no more hiding from the beauty our bodies support us through.