Moving through Midlife | Movement Snacks for Midlife Moms, Fitness over 40, Lose the Midsection, and Parenting Teens

Courtney McManus

**The go to show for midlife moms who don't have a lot of time.  Helping you create habit stacks and movement snacks into your everyday life to help you move through midlife with more grace and less aches and pains.**

If you have recently looked at yourself in the mirror and didn't recognize the person looking back at you, this podcast is for you.  If you are overwhelmed, feeling burnt out, and moving through perimenopause or menopause this podcast is for you.  If you feel as if you need to slow down and move with a bit more grace due to minor aches and pains this podcast is for you.

In this podcast we will discuss ways we can show up better for ourselves and our children without the burn out.  We will focus on overall health through habit stacking to help increase energy, provide movement snacks to help you move more throughout the day while also moving your body more, and learn from professionals on moving through midlife with ease and grace.

Hi, I'm Courtney a business owner and mom of 3 who was rushing through life with my head down busy doing the day-to-day tasks and building my business.  I was so caught up in the doing that I was no longer being.  I remember taking a moment to look at myself in the mirror one day as I was getting ready and instead of multi-tasking, I actually SAW myself and was so surprised to see the woman looking back at me.

Time had changed me, I was so busy during that time that I didn't see who I was becoming. I was a midlife mom with grey hair, wrinkles, fine lines, and saggy skin and I made a decision that day to stop rushing through life, honor my body and who I had become and accept the aging process.  I began to practice leaning into a softer way of living.  Slow down and simplify to feel better, become more confident, and enjoy where I am now with my family.

If you are struggling with midlife this podcast is for you.

We will discuss:
-habit stacking ideas to help you get movement in throughout your day
-accept the woman you are now and regain confidence
-find ways to move your body better through movement snacks
-learn how breathing and posture affect your overall health
-tips to help lose the midsection weight gain
-interviews with professionals in midlife health and wellness
-along with some parenting tips sprinkled in throughout

Grab your tennis shoes, pop in your ear buds, and join me for a leisurely walk while we discuss Moving through Midlife.

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Episodes

140 | Trying a Plant Based Approach to Eating with Anna Tseng
Apr 8 2024
140 | Trying a Plant Based Approach to Eating with Anna Tseng
Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Anna Tseng of Plant Nourished.  Anna is a plant-based Registered Dietitian with a Master's degree in Public Health Nutrition. She’s also the Founder of PlantNourished, a Podcast Host and an award-winning published recipe creator. Through private coaching and online courses, she helps busy people with health challenges move easily to plant-based eating for optimal health. Anna empowers them with key skills, practical strategies, and tasty nourishing plant-based recipes, so they can enjoy a health-transforming vibrant life...without long hours in the kitchen!We spoke about:What 'plant based' really meansHow she got into nutrition and plant-based eating?The benefits of eating plant-based foods?Is it possible to get enough protein from plant-based sources?What are some especially good plant-based protein foods? Start our day with protein and some ideas for plant based protein breakfasts.Contact Links:Website: www.plantnourished.com Contact email: healthnow@plantnourished.com Plant Based Eating Made Easy Podcast: www.plantnourished.com/podcast Plant-Powered Life Transformation Course: www.plantnourished.com/ppltcourseFree Resource: Quick Start Grocery Guide for Plant-Based Essentials www.plantnourished.com/groceryguideDescription of Free Resource:If you’re wanting to learn more about a plant-based diet or how to start plant-based eating, grab this FREE resource “Quick Start Grocery Guide for Plant-Based Essentials" to help you on your journey. This free guide will give you the essentials you need to get started, including a one-page recommended grocery list, money-saving shopping tips and easy starter plant-based recipes. This guide is perfect for all beginners interested in transitioning to a plant-based diet!Support the showHead to www.movingthroughmidlife. com to learn moreJoin our Free FB Community:Moving through Midlife (Powered by Form Fit) | Facebookor follow me on IG or Tik Tokcourtney_formfit
137 | Get rid of the Negative Self Talk with Alicia Berberich
Mar 11 2024
137 | Get rid of the Negative Self Talk with Alicia Berberich
Today I am speaking with Alicia Berberich about the negative chatter in our head. She is passionate about helping women unleash their true potential to become who they are meant to become. She works with women to release the shackles that bind them to their old ways of thinking so they can achieve their goals, using motivation, mindset, and manifesting skills to provide the resources her clients need to move forward with confidence and gusto.We discuss: -how to work through what is happening with negative self talk-Why we tend to have these negative thoughts in our head-How to determine what is intuition and what is negative self talk-Finding your Purpose in Midlife-How to create an action plan for the next phase of life-How affirmations can help you move closer to your purposeAll of this and more in this podcast episode.  Learn more from Alicia:Alicia has used the power of manifesting to fulfill a lifelong dream to live in Paris. She has led workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Paris called Unleash Your True Potential. She loves helping successful women advance their lives even further by focusing on their calling. Alicia has also led the Spiritual Gifts program at her church and taught water aerobics for over 20 years.Motivation, Mindset & Manifestation Coach - Alicia BerberichManifest your DESTINY with ease. (@alicia_berberich) • Instagram photos and videosSupport the showHead to www.movingthroughmidlife. com to learn moreJoin our Free FB Community:Moving through Midlife (Powered by Form Fit) | Facebookor follow me on IG or Tik Tokcourtney_formfit
131 | Simplifying Skin Care Routines for Teenage Boys with Dr Sheilagh Maguiness
Jan 29 2024
131 | Simplifying Skin Care Routines for Teenage Boys with Dr Sheilagh Maguiness
As the world of adolescent skincare often goes unnoticed, today we crack the code on self-care for teen boys. My enlightening chat with Dr. Sheilagh Maguiness, a pediatric dermatologist and co-founder of Stryke Club, reveals the untold hurdles teen boys face as they navigate the stormy seas of skincare. We're busting myths left and right—from charcoal's real impact on acne to the proper way to wield a razor. It's about time we tailored conversations and routines to the reality of boys' lives, helping them, and their parents, foster confidence through simplicity and clarity in their self-care practices.Skincare doesn't discriminate, and neither should we. That's why this episode also casts a spotlight on the significance of gender-neutral products and the fine print on those 'natural' labels that might do more harm than good to young skin. Ever wondered why your child's skin reacts unexpectedly to that botanically-infused lotion? We've got you covered with personal stories of navigating allergies and the lowdown on ingredients that could trigger them. Plus, for those teens breaking a sweat in sports or life, we share the ins and outs of choosing the right antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory body washes, making sure your child's skin stays as resilient as they are.Lastly, we wrap up with some hard-earned wisdom on managing eczema and acne—the twin peaks of teen skin concerns. Discover the art of rehydrating and shielding skin from the sun, and why starting conversations early about self-care can make all the difference in destigmatizing these routines for boys. And for those moments when over-the-counter just doesn't cut it, Dr. Maguiness and I lay out the roadmap to professional dermatological care. So, whether you're a parent looking to guide your child or a teen ready to take the reins of your skin health, this episode is your ally. We're here to share a laugh, shed some light, and support you through the journey of growing up skin-savvy.Support the showHead to www.movingthroughmidlife. com to learn moreJoin our Free FB Community:Moving through Midlife (Powered by Form Fit) | Facebookor follow me on IG or Tik Tokcourtney_formfit
129 | Turning Goals into Achievable Steps
Jan 15 2024
129 | Turning Goals into Achievable Steps
Ever feel like your get-up-and-go got up and went without you? You're not alone in your midlife motivational drought, but I'm here to share a secret: it's action that sparks motivation, not the other way around. Join me, Courtney, as we tackle the daunting peaks of our ambitions by scaling them down into manageable foothills. It's goal refinement time, and we're zooming in on a single aspiration, giving it the one-month royal treatment it deserves. With a personal strategy session that outlines mini-milestones and preps for potential hurdles (and a handy goal-setting worksheet from the show notes), we're turning the 'too hard' basket into a 'heck yes' plan. Get ready to embrace daily movement, strength training, or a nutrition overhaul with a simplicity and adaptability that feels like it's been custom-made just for you.Transformations aren't just for caterpillars, and in this journey through midlife, your goals are due for a metamorphosis too. I'm not just talking shop; I'm inviting you to become an active player in our 'moving through midlife' community, where your goals aren't just written in the stars—they're planned, tracked, and celebrated on terra firma. Think of me as your personal assistant, mapping out the alignment of your monthly objectives with the grand ambitions of the year. With the 'moving through midlife' community at your back, we're sharing exercise calendars, cheering each other on, and fielding the curveballs life throws our way. So, whether you're slipping on your walking shoes or rewriting your life's to-do list, let's march forward into a year teeming with achievements and habits that not only last but enrich every step of the way.Support the showHead to www.movingthroughmidlife. com to learn moreJoin our Free FB Community:Moving through Midlife (Powered by Form Fit) | Facebookor follow me on IG or Tik Tokcourtney_formfit
128 | The Power of Tiny Changes for Midlife Health with Michelle Bazinet
Jan 8 2024
128 | The Power of Tiny Changes for Midlife Health with Michelle Bazinet
Have you ever chuckled at the simplicity of a habit that could change your life? Join me, Courtney, and the exceptional Michelle, a health and wellness coach illuminating the path through midlife. Together, we unwrap the secrets of 'laughable habits'—those small yet mighty steps that dissolve the overwhelm plaguing many women in their 40s and 50s. Michelle's quarter-century of wisdom shines a light on setting achievable goals, cultivating gratitude, and embracing mindfulness in everyday life, turning daunting transformations into delightful journeys of self-care and empowerment.As your guide through the transformative terrain of midlife, I reveal an exercise so straightforward, it will have you wondering why you didn't start sooner. It's all about aligning your actions with your ambitions while swaddled in a blanket of self-compassion. You'll learn how to leverage your natural inclinations—be it whipping up a storm in the kitchen or tackling gentle challenges—to build habits that stick. We celebrate personal growth as an adventure of empowerment, urging you to savor each small, patient step towards the summit of self-discovery.Wrapping up this episode, we delve into the immense power of perspective—how the meaning we assign to life's events crafts our stories of success and failure. I introduce my reimagined podcast, "Midlife Magic," and invite you to join a community of women who are crafting their own enchanting narratives. We're on a quest to redefine midlife, not as a period of decline but as an epoch ripe for creation, where every small victory is a sparkling thread in the tapestry of an extraordinary life.Learn more from Michelle:Website: Michelle Bazinet Schedule a Call: Select a Date & Time - CalendlyIG: Michelle Bazinet: Nutrition, Fitness & Mindset Coach (@michellebazinet_) • Instagram photos and videosWorkshop: "True transformation transcends the physical; it's the evolution of heart, mind, and soul." (ck.page)Support the showHead to www.movingthroughmidlife. com to learn moreJoin our Free FB Community:Moving through Midlife (Powered by Form Fit) | Facebookor follow me on IG or Tik Tokcourtney_formfit
127 | The Power of Consistency in Achieving Weight Loss Goals
Jan 1 2024
127 | The Power of Consistency in Achieving Weight Loss Goals
Are you genuinely ready to redefine your relationship with your body and your understanding of weight loss? Settle in, because that's what we're about to do. I'm Courtney, your guide, personal trainer, and movement specialist. We're going to start by asking the hard question - why do you want to lose weight? Your answer to this question will be the bedrock of your weight loss journey. Let's walk this path together, examining my Transform coaching program, where a commitment to consistency can lead to a weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week. This journey is about celebrating your body, both as it is now and as it transforms.But remember, weight loss isn't just about the numbers on a scale. It's a lifestyle change, a shift in perspective. It's about managing stress, getting a good night's sleep, and integrating more movement and healthier eating habits into your life. We'll explore how your level of commitment can influence your weight loss, potentially ranging from half a pound to two and a half pounds per week. And to support you all the way, I'm inviting you into our free community. Here, we'll explore ways to move more, feel better, and support each other every day. So, grab your earbuds, take a leisurely walk, and let's move through midlife together.Support the showHead to www.movingthroughmidlife. com to learn moreJoin our Free FB Community:Moving through Midlife (Powered by Form Fit) | Facebookor follow me on IG or Tik Tokcourtney_formfit
126 | Revolutionary Techniques for Improved Sleep with Jessica Miller, Myofunctional Therapist
Dec 11 2023
126 | Revolutionary Techniques for Improved Sleep with Jessica Miller, Myofunctional Therapist
What if you could sleep soundly and wake up feeling refreshed, free from jaw pain and tension? In this riveting conversation with myofunctional therapist Jessica, we promise to take you through a journey of discovery - from understanding the importance of looking at the body systems, not just the symptoms, to navigating through midlife in a way more graceful manner than before. Jessica's personal journey with her daughter, who experienced feeding, sleeping, and headache issues, serves as a powerful testimony of the crucial need to address the root cause of health problems.We then dive into the often overlooked connection between sleep disorders and genetics in children and the importance of early intervention. Jessica enlightens us about the negative implications of mouth breathing such as snoring and sleep apnea, and the significance of proper tongue posture and breathing for overall oral health. You'll learn about tongue gymnastics, an innovative technique that can improve our smile, eye movements, and address compensations in our facial muscles.As we wrap up the episode, Jessica shares fascinating insights on strengthening the muscles in the mouth, which can improve tongue posture and potentially prevent the need for orthodontic interventions. She also highlights the connection to pelvic floor strength and how these changes can positively impact the appearance of the face. Get ready to join our vibrant free community and learn how to move more and feel better. So, tune in and let's engage in this insightful discussion.Learn more from Jessica:Checklist she mentioned: Jessica Miller How to Stop Stress-Clenching Naturally (jessicamillerwellness.com)Snore No More- https://pages.snorenomoremethod.com/stop-snoring-tonight Support the showHead to www.movingthroughmidlife. com to learn moreJoin our Free FB Community:Moving through Midlife (Powered by Form Fit) | Facebookor follow me on IG or Tik Tokcourtney_formfit
123 | Boost Your Confidence in Midlife through Style with Ashli Anna Hurley, Personal Style Coach
Nov 20 2023
123 | Boost Your Confidence in Midlife through Style with Ashli Anna Hurley, Personal Style Coach
Have you ever looked into your closet and felt overwhelmed by the choices or even underwhelmed by the lack of them? If you've ever felt uncertain about your personal style, particularly as you navigate midlife, you're not alone. Join me and personal style coach, Ashli Anna Hurley, as we demystify the world of capsule wardrobes and discuss dressing for midlife. Gain insight into Ashli's journey from working with Mary Kay and Premier Designs to becoming a style coach and learn how to dress for your body, right here, right now.Ashli, a style expert with a wealth of experience, shares tips on creating a core wardrobe list and discusses the crucial clothing items every midlife woman should have in her closet. We'll get down to the nitty-gritty of personalized capsule wardrobes, exploring everything from tops and bottoms to underwear, accessories, and shoes. Ashli also offers strategies on finding the right clothes to fit your lifestyle and tips on creating a polished look that transitions well from day to night.But beyond the practicality of clothing, we'll delve into the emotional and logical aspects of dressing for midlife. Help boost your confidence with Ashli's tips on how to create a balanced look that is authentic to you. We'll be discussing the importance of accepting our bodies in their current state, focusing less on our insecurities, and more on what makes us unique and beautiful. Lastly, we'll explore how to dress intentionally for our kingdom calling—how to change our mindset around dressing in a way that not only attracts people to us but also helps to share the gospel and build up the church. Join us for an empowering conversation on confidence, personal style, and midlife fashion.0:05 Capsule Wardrobes and Dressing for Midlife8:44 Personalized Core Wardrobe and Styling24:47 Confidence in Personal Style30:38 Essential Wardrobe Items for Midlife Women44:42 Dressing for Attractiveness and PurposeLearn more from Ashli Anna:Grab the Style Guide:Subject Line: Style Guideboldfaithandfashion@gmail.com Facebook Group:Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Ideas For Working Midlife WomenSupport the showHead to www.movingthroughmidlife. com to learn moreJoin our Free FB Community:Moving through Midlife (Powered by Form Fit) | Facebookor follow me on IG or Tik Tokcourtney_formfit
122 | Gain Core Strength in Midlife: Discover the Power of Breathing Techniques
Nov 13 2023
122 | Gain Core Strength in Midlife: Discover the Power of Breathing Techniques
Ready to unlock the secret to a stronger and healthier core at midlife? Join me, Courtney, your personal trainer and movement specialist, as we venture into the transformative world of core strengthening exercises. In this riveting episode, we breathe new life into your fitness routine, exploring three vital breathing techniques - 30-60 breathing, back breathing, and 90-90 breathing. Discover the role these methods play in exercises like bridging and basic ab workouts. If you're struggling with diastasis recti, I've got exclusive tips for you too! Check out the accompany blog link for visual guides to these exercises.The journey to a stronger core doesn't end there. I'll be your guide, walking you through five essential exercises that promise to fortify your core muscles. Let's unravel the importance of 360 breathing, back breathing, and 90-90 breathing for core strengthening together! To ensure no stone is left unturned, I've compiled links to YouTube videos and my blog for a more comprehensive understanding. The secret to a stronger core isn't solitary practice, but collective learning. So, share this episode with your fitness companions and let's get stronger together! For those eager for more, join my core strengthening classes. Remember, the journey to core strength begins with a simple breath!Support the showHead to www.movingthroughmidlife. com to learn moreJoin our Free FB Community:Moving through Midlife (Powered by Form Fit) | Facebookor follow me on IG or Tik Tokcourtney_formfit