Debra Atkinson

“If you can decrease your stress level, your cortisol levels, then that estrogen/progesterone balance has a better chance because you’re not blocking progesterone anymore.”

Guest Bio:

Wellness Coach and Fitness Expert Debra Atkinson helps women “flip” their second half with the vitality and energy they want. She’s the author of You Still Got It, Girl: The After 50 Fitness Formula for Women, Navigating Fitness After 50: Your GPS For Choosing Programs and Professionals You Can Trust, and Hot, Not Bothered: 99 Daily Flips for Slimmer, Trimmer, Fitter, Faster. Debra hosts Flipping 50 TV and the Flipping 50 podcast. She’s a frequent contributor at HuffPost, ShareCare, and other featured outlets. She has 34 years of fitness experience, is an international fitness presenter, subject matter expert, and prior university lecturer in Kinesiology.

Episode Summary:

Do you feel like your body is just out of whack? Are you working and still experiencing fatigue? Wellness expert Debra Atkinson gives you permission on today’s episode to just take a break! You might not know it, but you may be overworking your body and not feeding it with enough nutrition and sleep. Debra shares her tips on how to reset your body and hormones and get the most out of your exercise routine.

Title: Don’t Make Working Out Just Another To-Do  — Debra Atkinson

Subtitle: Why do you workout? And does it need to be so intense?

Key Takeaways:

  • The truth is, you can exercise less, but just have more purpose when you do.
  • Non-exercise activity time is actually really valuable to your well-being.
  • Each of our bodies is different. The right amount of exercise for you might not be the right amount for another person.
  • The reason for trying to reduce the amount of exercise you do is to manage your hormones.
  • What types of hormone tests does Debra recommend?
  • Women sometimes forget that they have to recover! Recovering between a workout is critical.
  • Trying to get rid of your belly fat? It might be stress.
  • By working out for 45 minutes, you might be increasing your cortisol levels instead of decreasing it.
  • If your body is telling you to rest, do it!
  • The exercise will always be there when you’re finally rested and restored.
  • Dr. Benson shares her story of overworking herself during a marathon.
  • Ask yourself why you’re exercising.
  • Exercise addiction is a real thing.
  • Two hours after you exercise, do you feel better or worse?
  • The good news is that exercising can take less time and less effort than it ever used to for you to get the same benefits.
  • You could be accelerating your aging instead of reversing it if you stress your body too much!
  • What’s new in the world of health? Debra shares how you can lose cellulite through exercise!
  • Debra has an exciting special gift for you!

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Quick Cheat Sheet shares how to use your limited time to get the most results from exercise. Five days of short videos show you how to plan cardio, strength, and recovery even on your busiest days.

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“Women are making themselves feel guilty for not doing exercise that really you shouldn’t be doing anyway.”

“If you can decrease your stress level, your cortisol levels, then that estrogen/progesterone balance has a better chance because you’re not blocking progesterone anymore.”

“Pushing with more exercise to get more energy is not going to work.”

“We’re going to reset the hormones and see how you feel after that week while you now have time to focus on your sleep and nutrition.”