Dr Rhonda Anderson

What I Do

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Exercise Sessions, Writing & Speaking

I’m committed to working with women dealing with menopause, though most of my clients are post-menopausal.
Exercise is critical to counter the effects of both menopause and ageing. I run sessions purely for women — one-on-one or in small groups. Depending on your needs, these are designed to develop your posture, balance, strength, bone health, core stability, heart health and flexibility — everything you need to improve your overall body function and feel better.
Sessions can be 30, 45 or 60 minutes long, indoors or out. They’re conducted in a friendly, supportive environment, to accommodate every level of health and fitness. Importantly, you never have to be concerned about being pushed beyond your limit by an over-zealous or underqualified youngster. Older bodies need an approach based on respect, care and appreciation.
How often should you exercise? The national guideline is 150 minutes a week, and how you break that up depends on what you most need, what your life looks like and what you like to do.
Currently I work from The Gap and Newmarket, but I also have clients in Newstead and New Farm, and a small Thursday morning group in Bulimba.
Can’t get to regular sessions? Prefer to exercise at home or your gym and just want direction? That’s doable too. Feel free to get in touch and talk over your needs.
I also write and speak about healthy ageing. From time to time I run educational sessions where I distil what the research is telling us about a particular topic. Taking responsibility for our health starts with educating ourselves and being aware of what the science says. Then we can integrate it with our own practical experience and gut feel for what suits us.
There’s also a lot to learn at these sessions from just listening to other women. Keep an eye on the newsletter for when they’re happening.

Problems I solve

Wid Problem I Solve 1

I feel stiff and ‘old’

Our tissues do change with age, but they also change through lack of movement. If we don’t regularly move in a way that uses our full range, our mobility slips away. The good news is that by being patient, gentle and consistent we can start to reverse this process and gradually look, move and feel ‘younger’.

Wid Problem I Solve 2

I want to avoid or treat chronic disease

The main diseases that claim the lives of Australian women are dementia, heart disease and stroke. But others — such as cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis — are prevalent too. I focus on exercise, diet, sleep and stress reduction because these are central to either protecting us from chronic disease or improving our lot if we already have it.

Wid Problem I Solve 3

I want to feel good within myself as I get older

There’s a big difference between our chronological and our biological age, and that difference comes down to our lifestyle. Simple practices that improve our mindset, posture, breathing, movement, sleep and nutrition can help us to feel vibrant and alive at every age.

Wid Problem I Solve 4

I’m carrying too much weight

You’re not alone. At least two-thirds of women over age 50 are overweight or obese. The combination of menopause and ageing can result in extra weight, especially around our middles. But as much as an expanding waistline is common with age, it’s not inevitable, and women who adopt a healthy lifestyle do vastly better at avoiding or minimising it.

Wid Problem I Solve 5

I want to retain my independence

Older people — and especially older women — often lose balance, strength and physical function with age. We blame this on getting older, but the truth is that we lose what we don’t use. I help women to build or maintain strength, balance and mobility so they can continue living full and satisfying lives.

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