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Menopause and Exercise

 

Exercise is Important :
As you approach menopause, your ovaries begin to secrete less estrogen. The decline in your natural supply of this hormone puts you at increased risk for heart disease and osteoporosis, which leads to brittle bones. Getting plenty of aerobic exercise can help ward off heart problems by keeping your ticker in shape and by lowering your blood pressure, improving your circulation, and helping you keep your weight in check. Weight-bearing exercise such as pumping iron or jumping rope helps keep your bones strong, and may even promote new bone growth at a time when you're starting to lose bone at a faster rate. Being active also gives you better balance and coordination.

Can exercise relieve the symptoms associated with menopause?
Some women report fewer or less severe hot flashes and night sweats when they're working out regularly. Exercise helps relieve stress and depression by giving you a sense of competence and control, making you physically better able to handle anxiety, and possibly even boosting your levels of "feel-good" brain chemicals. It also helps you sleep better and gives you more energy to enjoy life.

If you haven't been active for more than a year, check with your doctor before starting an exercise program, especially if you're overweight. For the best results, you should get at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise every day, such as walking briskly for two miles, dancing, swimming, or gardening. You'll also need at least two sessions a week of strength training, in which you work all the major muscle groups: quadriceps, hamstrings, biceps, triceps, chest, back, and abdominals. You may also want to add flexibility exercises like stretching or yoga to help you stay limber as you age. If this seems like too much, just do whatever exercise you can, since any amount of activity will help you feel better.

 


 
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