I hit perimenopause a decade ago and my weight has steadily risen to a point where I was almost DOUBLE the weight I had been the year before peri!
Now, weight in itself isn’t the issue, I don’t care what the scales say, but I do care about my health, how I feel, how much energy I have and how comfortable I am.
Being this size is extremely uncomfortable. Physically and mentally.
Plus I’m putting myself at risk of so many other illnesses, especially at this time of my life.
Why am I even bothering?
Peri and menopause are hard enough without the added stress of finding energy to workout!!
But there are many reasons why we need to really push ourselves to make the effort…
Exercise can help reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis, which become more prevalent as we age. Regular physical activity can also help improve blood circulation, reduce stress levels, and promote better sleep. Exercise also releases endorphins, your ‘happy’ hormones, which can boost your mood and help reduce anxiety – things I’ve really struggled with.
I have learned to love myself again despite this, but I still want to make changes for the sake of the rest of my life. I don’t want to be old before my time, unable to look after myself or unable to do the things I want to do without pain or assistance.
So yes, I will be shifting weight but what that really means to me is shifting more of the unhealthy weight, the fat.
Progress NOT Perfection!
I’ve been on a #fitby50 mission for around 18 months and, whilst I’ve not exactly hit my target, I HAVE made a LOT of progress – and most of that has been in my mindset, purpose and determination!
I could choose to be disappointed with the perceived lack of change in my body but I’m not going to – I know I still have a long way to go BUT it’s not nearly so daunting as it once was and I find I even enjoy my workouts more than ever.
I can actually visualise myself as this new version – a bit slimmer yes but ultimately, more toned and healthier. I believe this is what we should really be striving for – not what the scales tell us.
Who said ‘hip replacement’?
During menopause, the decreased production of oestrogen can lead to a loss of bone density, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, jogging and strength training can help strengthen bones and reduce the risk of fractures. Additionally, exercise can help increase/maintain muscle mass and improve balance.
Definitely another key reason to get moving, even if it’s just a 5 minute walk a day until you’re ready for more!
And there’s more…
Physical activity increases blood flow to the brain, promoting the growth of new neurons and enhancing cognitive performance and brain health – banish that bloody brain fog!
It’s possibly been my most long-standing symptom, the never ending ‘where did I put the xyz’, ‘what did I come into the room for?’, ‘what’s my name again?’ type moments! So anything to help reduce this is a win in my book.
And there’s more…
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