Can Exercise During Menopause Ease Symptoms?
If menopause has left you feeling tired, moody, hot and sweaty all of the time, exercise is likely to be the last activity that you fancy doing. But exercise during menopause could actually help you to manage your symptoms and improve how you feel both physically and mentally.
Public Health England recommends that everyone in the UK takes part in at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week throughout their lives, and this takes on a different level of importance during menopause.
Why Exercise During Menopause Is So Important
Some women find themselves gaining weight at this stage of their lives due to their metabolism slowing, and the risk of osteoporosis - which is a common symptom among women in post-menopause - can increase if you’re carrying too much weight, as this places extra unnecessary strain on the bones and joints.
Declining oestrogen levels are to blame for that greater osteoporosis risk, and this change in your hormone levels is also behind other menopause symptoms like mood swings, increased feelings of anxiety and depression, fatigue and a shift in your metabolism.
Many women seek a natural way to manage the symptoms they experience, turning to menopause supplements to try to rebalance their hormones and feel more like themselves again. And for lots of women, exercise can also help.
What Are the Best Types of Exercise During Menopause?
Exercise naturally releases endorphins (feel-good hormones) around your body, giving your mood an instant boost, which means making the time for exercise could help you with getting a hold on any menopausal mood swings you’re experiencing.
Yoga or pilates could have a similar calming effect, reducing feelings of anxiety and stress, while keeping you fit and strong too.
Walking is another great form of exercise during menopause, as it gives you a chance to get out into nature to calm your mood, and walking at a brisk pace on a regular basis can burn a lot of calories, helping you to manage your weight and ease pressure on your joints, potentially lowering your osteoporosis risk.
What’s more, cardio exercise could help to protect your heart health during menopause, while dancing can be fantastic fun and assist with improving your strength and coordination - having a sequence of steps to learn and focus your mind on will give you something positive to concentrate on too, which is exactly what you need if you’ve been struggling with menopausal memory and concentration problems.
Of course, getting a hot flush in the middle of an exercise session could make things more difficult, but following our tips for reducing the risk of hot flushes could help. These tips include taking a menopause supplement that contains natural ingredients to balance out the declining oestrogen levels in your body, such as the DT56a that is found in Femarelle® products.
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