6 Ways Exercise Hurts or Helps Midlife Hormones

Midlife hormones can throw a wrench in your otherwise smooth path. Even fitness pros aren’t immune to hormone changes!  

I recently had a conversation with a fellow female fitness pro and she expressed the same sentiment I had. Both of us sailed smoothly through perimenopause, outside of well for me midlife stress that brought about 8 major changes in 14 months… except for THAT.  

And then, there was that change for each of us when we hit the speed bumps. 

Until you course correct, it’s not going to improve. You’re not going to wait it out or turn up the exercise and dieting that already is not working and feel better. Until we learn to unlearn then reroute to the better course for support of hormones, we’ll suffer, needlessly. 

Midlife Hormones and Later Decades of Life 

We just discussed this inside the Member’s only café Q and A as well. A member asked about what about in my 70s and 80s will things continue to change?

Not nearly as much. Your most rapid changes occur in the 3–5-year period surrounding menopause, that moment when you hit 12 months without a period.  

The answer isn’t just a formula for now, though. The answer is that yes, this formula will continue to help you through each following decade AND you must have learned to listen to your results and course correct all the time. Every day. Low energy, poor sleep, or a lack of muscle tone all point right back to the cumulative effect of your daily and weekly habits.  

I want to hop in and explain how these 6 hormones will be helped or hurt by your exercise.  


Catabolic hormone


Catabolic hormone


Anabolic hormone


Anabolic hormone


Anabolic hormone (supporting muscle growth)


As a result of cortisol chronically elevated then stressing the adrenals finally having negative effect on thyroid 

These are the biggest 6 exercise & midlife hormones interactions to consider. It’s not them alone, as ghrelin, leptin, and progesterone, melatonin are also going to affect your results. But this is the quick start.

If you’re a trainer or coach working with women and want to understand more, reach out to me to learn more about a special opportunity to take the Flipping 50 Menopause Fitness Specialist course. And if you agree this information is valuable but don’t know exactly how to plug it in, the 10-Day Hot Not Bothered challenge is a great start. 

Episode Resources Mentioned:

Dr Alan Christianson: Can You Reverse Thyroid Disease? https://www.flippingfifty.com/reverse-thyroid-disease/

 Continuous Blood Glucose Monitor: https://www.flippingfifty.com/glucose

 The Next Step (if You’re Not in a Program Working Now): https://www.flippingfifty.com/hnb-challenge

 Fitness or Health Coach?

See more about the Flipping 50 Menopause Fitness Specialist here: https://www.flippingfifty.com/specialist



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