Murdering Middle Age: Michele and Maia’s Guide to Being the Best You Can Be

Book Author Dr Michele Cox and Maia Jackman
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There is no question that we all have tough times in our lives, no matter how relative they are. For women aged between 40 and 65 years, the challenges seem to be particularly wide-ranging and deep-reaching during this time. Health concerns, financial worries, menopausal transition, deaths, frustrated goal attainment, work-related problems, and last but not least, family or relationship issues, are all at the forefront of a midlife woman’s thoughts. Some women cope with this barrage of change, many others don’t.

Dr Michele Cox and Maia Jackman, two middle-aged former Football Ferns, were experiencing many of these issues but they wanted to murder middle age and come out the other side better than when they went in. As a result, they embarked on a journey of openly sharing what they were going through with an amazing whanau/family of women from all walks of life who were prepared to help other women going through this transitional period by telling their stories and/or contributing their professional expertise. In some cases, these women were sailing through middle age, but others not.

Murdering Middle Age contains an eight-week programme (broken into beginner and intermediate stages) that will help women to be the best they can be in terms of nutrition and exercise as a base, and practical tips on managing major issues that present themselves in midlife.

About the Authors
is a former Football Fern (member of the New Zealand national women’s football team) who went on to become the Head of Women’s Football for NZ Football, leading the successful bid for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup held in New Zealand in 2008. To complement her work in sport, Michele has a PhD in Physical Activity from AUT, as well as an MA in Psychology, a Dip Bus (Marketing) and a Diploma in Naturopathy. She has also five published books relating sport and excellence, and continues to participate in many different sports for fun.

MAIA JACKMAN is a former Football Fern and captain, with a career in the national team spanning 1993–2012. She played in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup for New Zealand and was selected for the FIFA All Star World XI, the only NZ women’s player ever afforded this honour. She was also awarded the Order of Merit MNZM for services to football in 2013. Maia earned her degree in sport and exercise science in 1997 from Auckland University. She completed a second degree in Health Science Physiotherapy from AUT in 2001. Maia is a mum to her five-year-old daughter and is passionate about parenting, fitness, health and wellness, human behavior and helping people in those areas. Through all her experience in the health sector Maia takes a very holistic approach to helping people taking into account the person as a whole socially, emotionally, physically and psychologically and draws on her experiences as an elite athlete to help people reach their own goals.


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Wellness / Women’s Health

Publication Date
October 2022

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