REVIEW: Living life to the full after menopause
WHILE there are countless books about dealing with menopause and never-ending advice on how to get through this difficult time, there are not many books advising women how to deal with life after menopause.
Brisbane-based Rhonda Anderson PhD is an exercise physiologist specialising in healthy ageing for women. She has written a no-nonsense book called 5 Key Habits of Healthy, Vital Older Women.
In her book Dr Anderson gives practical and easy-to-follow advice on how to create healthy habits such as being pro-ageing, building resilience, looking for opportunities to move and turning to nature first.
While the mainstream view of ageing in our culture (especially for women) is about loss and decline, Dr Anderson's book argues that it does not have to be that way.
"Being older brings wisdom, depth and richness,” she says in her book. "Not to mention post-menopausal zest. Ageing can be enlivening and satisfying, as long as we're healthy.”
And good habits are the core to maintaining good health.
Case studies of post-menopausal women in the book give evidence of how good habits, such as routine exercise, a Mediterranean diet, accepting age and bodies, finding inspiring role models and self-nurturing, all work to create a vibrant and useful life after menopause.
A quiz at the end of the book will give you an idea of how you are going with your new good habits and whether you have identified areas that you may want to address to boost your health and vitality.
Her book, 5 Key Habits of Healthy, Vital Older Women, is an excellent book to inspire every women who has been through menopause and faces a new chapter in her life.
To find out more about Dr Anderson and her book, go to www.fitandwell.com.au.
- Dr. Rhonda Anderson is a former Australian marathon representative and sports columnist for The Australian. She has also played a key role in the development of state and federal government initiatives to support girls and women in being more physically active.