A Lady of a Certain Age…

I readily admit to being a lady of a certain age; not only that, but I’ve just stopped taking HRT.

Currently, I’m either hot, cross, tired or miserable – often all at the same time.  My GP said if it really was intolerable, I could reinstate my hormone medication. My immediate reaction was yes, I want a prescription to take to the chemist right now!  We agreed on a six week trial of me trying to behave like a grown up.

I decided what was needed was a displacement activity.

I briefly thought about a return to jogging. Those of you that have been with me for a while will know that last year, I got to 5k over a couple of months and promptly stopped.

I’ll admit it… I hated every minute!

I needed to find something new. One of my delightful daughters-in-law, Dr EC, regularly practices yoga and finds it beneficial for both mind and body. My GP has also been encouraging me to give it a go, so who am I to argue with two like-minded medical doctors?  

I’m now into the second week of my new early morning routine. I found two beginners’ yoga exercise routines on-line; one specifically for arms (ladies over the age of 50 will understand the reason for this!) and the other for the whole body.

I haven’t bought a mat yet as it may be a flash-in-the-pan, so making do with the carpet on the study floor.  

Obviously, I won’t recommend a particular regime for anyone else but I started off with arm, body and leg stretches and then undertook some basic exercises. I find ten minutes, first thing in the morning, is working well at the moment. Currently still squinting at the screen (sans glasses) to make sure my pose is an approximation of that of the slim athletic-looking instructor.

If nothing else it’s a good use of the redundant jogging gear!

Not sure if the yoga is helping with my hormone withdrawal symptoms but I definitely feel a little lighter in mood – still fighting with the duvet every night though. 

I’ll let you know if my good intentions continue…   



About Julie Haiselden

Between 1999-2019, I worked in the NHS and am now a Church of England verger and National Trust room guide. I've written three published novels and am an amateur blogger. As well as being a school alumna, I occasionally tread the boards. I enjoy rambling and taking photos. Since 2016, I've been part of the reviewing team at Whispering Stories.
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2 Responses to A Lady of a Certain Age…

  1. Georgia Rose says:

    I can empathise with your symptoms, Julie, and will be interested to see if you find the yoga helps.

  2. I feel like I’m the only one who hasn’t tried yoga yet. Maybe I’ll get into it too! Looks like you’re doing great!

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