When you were in your 20s and 30s you had big plans: You were on track to be a 99-year-old yoga teacher, an octogenarian bodybuilder, or, at the very least, that grey-haired lady at your gym who seems stronger and fitter than half of the younger people in the room. And then you hit your 40s, and something changed.

Maybe it’s taking you longer to recover from your usual workouts. Or suddenly your chiseled abs are lost in a softening middle. Or you just can’t seem to motivate yourself to get to the gym anymore.

Sound familiar? It’s not just you. Growing older and the hormonal fluctuations related to perimenopause can change the fitness game. This shift doesn’t hit everyone the same exact way, or to the same degree. But it helps to know what's happening and what you can do about it.

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