When a woman goes through the menopause it’s an ideal time to make sure we are looking after our bodies in the best possible way. Menopause opens us up to so many potential health issues, it’s vital to stay in the best state of health possible.
Exercise is just one of the ways in which we can achieve this, and although we might not feel like regularly exercising during this time in our lives, there are so many benefits from doing so. If you can find the motivation, it will pay off in the end.
How Does Exercise Help?
The most obvious benefit of exercise is of course keeping weight gain at bay, which is something you might want to consider if you’ve started to see an increase on the scales. But weight gain isn’t the only thing, exercise is one of the best and most natural ways to reduce depression and boost your mood. This is extremely useful for tackling stress and if you’re not sure about the link between menopause and stress, read our recent blog post here.
Osteoporosis is a potential risk that can occur as a result of this time in our lives , due to the reduction in hormones that happens during perimenopause and menopause. Osteoporosis is the reduction in bone mass, meaning your bones are far more brittle and weakened. Exercise can greatly increase muscle and bone strength, therefore preventing osteoporosis from occurring, or at the very least stop it happening too early in your life.
We also recommend that you take some form of supplement with vitamin D to help with bone strength. Nutricell restores key nutrient imbalances that are extremely common throughout menopause. It’s a simple one-a-day capsule which also helps with other health problems like metabolism and weight control.
What Types of Exercise Are Best?
Any exercise is a good option, but if you’re looking to address specific areas such as stress, bone strength or weight gain, it can help to know which exercises are best.
Yoga – This a perfect exercise for relaxation and de-stressing. We have lots of information about Yoga on our Pinterest board as well as tips for getting started with some basic Yoga positions and techniques.
Using Weights – Weight-bearing exercises will help strengthen muscle and bone, fighting Osteoporosis and keeping the bones stronger for longer.
Cardio – Some light cardio on a regular basis, such as walking, jogging or cycling is going to help with heart disease and weight gain by keeping yourself fit and active.
If you’re looking for something that can help with severe menopause symptoms such as extreme and continuous hot flushes or night sweats, then exercise can only help so much. There comes a point when many women begin to turn to medical help for reducing and eliminating some of the most unbearable symptoms. If HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is not for you, we can offer a natural alternative therapy called LaBalance. LaBalance is a discreet device that clips on to your underwear, you can find out exactly how it works here.