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Updated: Mar 31

By Dawn Hall - Author, Coach, Entrepreneur and Health & Fitness Professional

Seasons Change - Dawn Hall - Shaping Women Naturally
Seasons Change - Menopause - Aging - Health

Whether you are in your 20s or 70s, or any age in between, your body is constantly preparing for its next cycle, or season of change. For women, seasons of change occur about every 10 to 15 years.  When you are younger, moving through changes can seem challenging, but truly, it will most likely be more challenging later. 

As you mature, your body naturally ages and deteriorates because of daily wear and/or injury. By age 50, your body starts losing 3% muscle strength each year.  So when you begin resistance/strength training in your 20s, you are setting your body up for success in your 30s. Note: A woman's muscle strength naturally matures to its greatest potential in her 30s.

This muscle strength and tone will then carry you more gracefully from your 30s into your 40s.  It's a paramount bonus to have this level of muscle maturity going into 40s because this is when your body is going to start a more unpredictable/challenging season of change.  We hear it called “menopause” most often, but technically the start is called perimenopause, and it can last 10 to 15 years. Once you have gone one full year without a cycle, you are officially in menopause.

Right now, you have the opportunity to learn and practice what works for you seasonally and yearly to get prepared.  Please believe that whatever you practice collectively each year will pay off significantly in the next.  Trust me, before you realize it, time will pass and you might find yourself wondering, “How did I get here?”  Whether five years has passed or a decade, you will reflect on how you look, where you are in your career, in your marriage, and oh how the children have grown, and you will begin to notice who you have become inside and out.

It’s important to have a clear perspective and outlook on life, early.  Make space to practice everything consistently and in moderation in order to avoid crash dieting or binge exercising to try and compensate for what you didn’t practice seasonally/yearly before.

You cannot make up for time passed, but you can consider the time reading this article/magazine as a “right now” plan to learn and start practicing for prevention and longevity of who you are now and who you will be 10 years from now.

Whatever you practice in your 20s will pay of in your 30s. Whatever you practice in your 30s will pay off in your 40s. And on and on through the next decades of your life. 

What will you practice today?

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