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Menopause and Exercise – why they go hand-in-hand and how to set fitness goals accordingly.

Exercise is a menopausal woman’s friend. It helps you to control your body and your emotions. By regularly exercising many menopausal symptoms can be reduced.

  • It can help to regulate weight
  • Stimulate the production of oestrogen
  • Strengthen muscle and bone
  • Help reduce high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Reduce excess cortisol from the bloodstream
  • Reduce menstrual cramps
  • Reduce depression

Exercise can also enhance your sense of wellbeing, particularly important during midlife changes.

Leanne & Fitness Tips say:

Perimenopausal Fitness Goals

  • Protect bone mass & reverse bone loss
  • Defy age related loss in function
  • Reduce menopausal symptoms
  • Increase cardiovascular function
  • Aim for healthy body composition

Postmenopausal Fitness Goals

  • Enhance and maintain daily living and quality of life.
  • Fall prevention and balance training
  • Increase cardiovascular function

Exercise should include a balance of cardiovascular, strength and relaxation and stretching. Activities such as tai chi, walking, resistance training and dancing are great options.

Read more on Mid-Life Menopause Matters here.

Leanne xx

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