#208: How Exercise Can Either Boost Your Metabolism or Damage It at Age 40+ with Debra Atkinson

Mastering Your Metabolism with Ease and Grace

  • Which types of exercise are best for peri-menopause, menopause, and beyond
  • The importance of giving your exercise routine some grace during COVID-19
  • Why you might be blocking your metabolism even if you are going to the gym
  • The difference between endurance training, strength training and weight training
  • Tips for creating an optimal exercise and nutrition schedule unique to you

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Episode Summary: How to Exercise After 40

Many of us have been told that the harder you work out, the bigger the benefits. However, this is simply not true for many women, especially those over the age of 45. Debra Atkinson is a hormone balancing, fitness expert, and founder of Flipping Fifty. Debra has helped over 100 thousand women find the energy and vitality they are desiring and master their metabolism with ease and grace.

If you are working out harder than ever without seeing the results, you are not doing anything wrong. The fitness industry has been sending you the wrong message, and Debra is here today to explain that it is all about the type of exercise you are doing instead. Everything from the time of day that you workout, what you are nourishing your body with before and after a workout, and the type of workout you are doing can have a huge impact on your ability to see an outcome. 

When your old tricks aren’t working anymore, it is time to adjust your exercise routine to fit your peri-menopause or post-menopause body. By discovering your optimal exercise and metabolism zone, Debra is proof that you can still take great care of your body in your 40s, 50s and beyond. 

Are you ready to stop over-exercising and start seeing the results you desire? Share in the comments below how you are working to master your metabolism and connect the dots when it comes to your exercise routine!


“It wasn’t until I was struggling myself that I realized how much needed this was for this niche of people.” (6:47)

“All the things you are doing in the gym, the strength training and high-intensity interval training, may not pay off for you if you have got cortisol going wonky and you are tipping that scale such that you are not able to get enough sleep and do the rewarding hormone benefit that you need in order to make the exercise truly work.” (19:20)

“What we know is twice a week of strength training can actually be more beneficial than three times a week if you need that extra recovery time, and a lot of us after the age of 40 do. And that’s not a statement that you are able to work out less or that you are delicate, it’s just this recovery period where the muscles are getting repaired and stronger.” (25:56)

“The question has always been ‘What is the best time of day to exercise?’, and the answer in many cases was ‘the time that you will do it.’ And I am sure all of us have heard that, we have read it, but that changes in midlife.” (31:47)

“Everything is off a little bit, because there isn’t school and those times, and exercising can kind of serve as that anchor for you, at the beginning and the end of the day. And its been a huge help for a lot of our Flipping Fifty Community members.” (35:38)

Resources Mentioned

Flipping Fifty Website

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4 Responses to #208: How Exercise Can Either Boost Your Metabolism or Damage It at Age 40+ with Debra Atkinson

  1. Shalini July 15, 2020 at 2:24 am #

    Debra is always my favorite, thanks for getting her in. I never miss her talk.

    • Dr. Mariza July 16, 2020 at 3:42 am #

      Hi Shalini! I also loved having her on the show! So glad to have shared this episode with her 🙂 We appreciate the feedback!

  2. Farah L Doose July 24, 2020 at 6:42 pm #

    Is pilates considered weight training?

    • Dr. Mariza July 28, 2020 at 9:07 am #

      Hi Farah! You can say that, because Pilates aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. But there are also other exercises you can do for weight training, it just depends on your goal 🙂

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