Why Fitness Counts in Menopause

Nov 8, 2019 | Teacher's Corner

“Due to the decrease in estrogen levels when we hit menopause we are at a higher risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. These two diseases are silent so we cannot see or feel them in the early stages but they both need addressing since prevention is sometimes easier than cure.

What you do need to know is that exercise will help with at least 90% of the symptoms of menopause, including hot flushes, anxiety, sleep, brain fog, and painful muscles and joints.”

Jane Dowling, clinical exercise specialist & menopause advocate.

Exercise during and after menopause offers many benefits, including:

1.Preventing weight gain

Women tend to lose muscle mass and gain abdominal fat around menopause.  Regular physical activity can help prevent weight gain.

2.Reducing the risk of disease

Weight gain can have serious implications for your health.  Excess weight increases the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Maintaining a healthy weight may offer protection against various types of cancer, including breast, colon and endometrical cancer.

3.Strengthening your bones

Exercise can slow bone loss after menopause, which lowers the risk of fracture and osteoporosis.

4.Boosting your mood

Physical active adults have a lower risk of depression and cognitive decline.

What are the best physical activities to try?

  1. Aerobic activity
  2. Strength training
  3. Stretching
  4. Stability and balance

(Gida Sancho)