‘Perimenopause is killing me at the moment,” Dame Kelly Holmes said this week. The lethargy, brain fog, night sweats and joint aches that are characteristic symptoms of the transitional period before the menopause leave the 53-year-old double Olympic gold-winning athlete feeling “out of control all the time”. Typically lasting about four years and occurring between the ages of 45 and 55, the perimenopause can also lead to weight gain and muscle loss. Holmes says her secret weapon is weight training.
“When you get perimenopause you feel weak, you feel like everything is going, so weight training is a brilliant tool to combat [its worst impacts],” Holmes said. “You can minimise your body fat if you do weight training because it keeps the metabolism going for