Exercise your way into Menopause

Now that I’m in my forties I’m thinking a lot about what effect menopause will have on my body.  I already notice changes happening as I enter into the peri-menopause stage.  This can last from 8 – 10 years prior to actual menopause. So it’s really important to tune into your body during this transition.

Many of my female clients are also in their forties and their main concern is dealing with what is known as the “middle age spread”  What happens is that a lot of women tend to exercise less during this time and therefore the weight creeps on as the hormones change.  But if regular exercise is part of your routine then the symptoms of menopause can be reduced.  Anxiety can become a problem for woman during this time and the best way to combat that is by keeping fit to reduce stress.  The focused breathing techniques used in Yoga have been known to reduce hot flashes.  During peri-menopause bone density decreases so it’s essential to strength train to protect against weakening bones and the threat of osteoporosis.  If we can maintain our muscle mass through regular resistance training then we can keep our metabolism from declining.  Exercise also helps to prevent joint pain, sleep disturbances, irritability and weight gain.  And we all know that it can help protect against high blood pressure, heart attack and strokes.  All of which become more of a concern as we age.

This is a stage in life when many women are dealing with other life changes.  It should be a time when women can focus on themselves more.  Just don’t let yourself slow down too much.

The female body is complex but at the same time pretty darn incredible! So ladies….keep active, eat healthy, tune into your body and enjoy life.

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3 thoughts on “Exercise your way into Menopause

  1. I have been quite active, running, swimming, biking…love to do triathlons. However I recently tore my meniscus and will be having surgery in a week. This down time is driving me crazy!! I miss working out and I have been told that my running days may be coming to an end. I am trying to stay positive and eat clean while I await my surgery so that I can work to heal and get back to being active. Your post gives me hope of getting back to being active and gives me something to focus on. Thank you!!

    • That’s great that you are staying positive and eating clean. I know
      how frustrating it must be to not be able to workout. But maybe it’s your body’s way of telling you that you might need to change your way of working out once you heal from your surgery of course. Sounds like you may need to focus more on strength training instead of the intensity of running. I wish you all the best for a speedy recovery. Before you know it, you will be back at it 🙂

      • Thank you so much for your words of encouragement…actually my injury happened at work which makes it all that much hard to deal with. But yes I do realize that I may have to change up my workout routine a bit once I am healed. Right now I am just trying to keep myself occupied constructively while I am waiting to have surgery. Thanks so much for your feedback and I look forward to following your blog.

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