All About Training and Staying Active Through Menopause

More and more women are continuing to lace up their sneakers to train and race hard later in life. But the physiological changes brought on by menopause can be tricky to navigate for many women, particularly when paired with the physical toll of training. Fortunately, the challenge of training through menopause can be worth it in the long run—research shows that active women fare better than their sedentary counterparts later in life.

Exercise During Pregnancy: My Experience and the Science Behind It

It’s funny how a little plastic stick with double pink lines has the power to change life as you know it. Through the first week after learning I was pregnant, I dealt with the gamut of emotions—and questions! What would my pregnancy be like? How would my body respond to this huge change? Do I have to change my nutrition? And, of course, will I be able to continue working out? Here's how I adapted expertise from my doctor, physical trainer, and scientist husband (maybe you know him!) to answer ...

4 Key Blood Biomarkers Associated with Female Fertility

  Female infertility can be confusing, discouraging, and all-around difficult to talk about. But if you're experiencing it, know that you're not alone. The truth is, female infertility is a common problem in the United States – roughly 10% of all women aged 15-44 experience difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant.1 Some contributing factors, like age and conditions affecting the female reproductive system, are out of anyone's control. But there are steps you can take to improve your ...

Does Weight Training Make Women Bulky?

“I don’t want to lift weights, it will make me bulk up!” This is a common mindset in women wary of starting a new training routine. Even a quick Google search will reveal that it's an incredibly popular area of interest on bodybuilding blogs and fitness forums. Women enter the gym to improve a healthy inside and outside, and, sometimes, building a bulky exterior doesn’t align with their goals. The truth is, merely taking the next step in your gym routine won’t automatically result in bigger ...

The Anatomy of Female Nutrition

"Women are not small men." Have you heard this buzzing around on social media, blogs, or articles across the internet? Lots of women want to take steps to improve their health, but the general nutrition advice our male counterparts follow often neglects female-specific needs. We can't just do a simple calorie conversion to translate a man's dietary needs to our own! But how do we differ? And what are some simple ways to start meeting our requirements? We're sharing some of our favorite foods ...

Optimizing Training Around Your Menstrual Cycle

As women in the sports and fitness world, sometimes it can feel like we have something to prove — that we can train, grow, and recover with the rest of 'em. But our female physiology isn't a weakness, and it certainly doesn't have to impede our training goals. Just like anything in the natural world, our bodies and hormones go through cycles, which can be monitored and adjusted to accordingly. While we recognize that every woman is different when it comes to her period, we can use science to ...

The Health Advice We Always Hear but Continue to Ignore

You hear about it, you read about it, you even talk about it, but for some reason you ignore it… it’s the health advice you know you should follow but choose not to. It's easier and, at times, more gratifying to dismiss it, but have you thought of the long-term implications of continuously ignoring it? In honor of National Nutrition Month this March, we’re reigniting the conversation on the health advice you continue to overlook. In this article, we provide you with the research behind the ...
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