Davina McCall: Making the most of Menopause at 48
It's about time: high profile women are starting to talk openly about menopause - the latest, the irrepressibly energetic and youthful Davina McCall.
The last year has seen frank, feisty confessionals about menopause from a wide range of sources. Mariella Fostrup has been the most vocal on the subject, and Angelina Jolie, whose surgery-induced menopause followed her operation to have her ovaries removed earlier this year, has also helped demystify the hormonal transition for many younger women.
"This is just the beginning"
Davina McCall got candid about her menopause in an interview with Good Housekeeping magazine for their February 2016 edition, talking about hot flushes and difficult moments. But the media hyphenate whose current projects range from TV presenting to fitness DVDs to a cooking accessories range for Lakeland is just as positive as our own Springer-in-Chief Aisling Grimley: "Most of the women I talk to and friends of mine we are getting to this age where we are closing the door on one stage of our life, like having babies." she said. "But it’s a weird re-birth of feeling incredibly focused and positive about the next phase. It isn’t the end of anything. For anyone worried about that, there is a transitional phasewhere you think this is sad. But actually it is just the beginning."
"People don't talk about it"
She later told ITV This Morning's Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford: “I think it’s interesting with the menopause because people don’t talk about it. It’s like it’s this shameful thing, like you’re off the shelf, no longer a woman".
“All women have to go through it at varying times in their life. You’ve just got to say, ‘look, its happening, I’m going through it, it’s ok’.
A personal trainer - 3 times a week
The 48 year old mother of three has been one of the most influential fitness and nutrition role models in recent years, thanks to her down to earth fitness DVDs (over 10 DVDs and 2 million in sales) promising good results with small time investments. Her 7 Minute Workout was last year's bestseller, while 5 Weeks to Sugar Free charted her own path to cleaner eating; this year it is the compelling 5WEEKFIT. She's got enviable, well earned abs, admitting she works out with a personal trainer three times a week for 50 minutes - and sometimes squeezes in a bike ride with her husband - to stay that way.