During this time, women experience physical and emotional changes that can be difficult to manage.
Exercise is an important way to help cope with these symptoms and promote overall well-being.
In this blog, we will explore the signs of menopause, how physical activity can help, and the science behind physical activity and menopause.
We will also discuss the importance of mindfulness activities and self-care strategies.
How Can Movement Help?
Exercise can help with many of the physical and emotional symptoms associated with menopause. It can help reduce hot flashes, improve mood, reduce stress and depression, improve sleep quality, increase energy levels, improve bone health, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Examples of physical activities that are beneficial during menopause include low-impact aerobic exercises such as walking or swimming strength training such as weights or bodyweight exercises such as Pilates, stretching or yoga, and mindfulness activities such as meditation.
The Science Behind Physical Activity & Menopause
There have been several studies conducted on the effects of physical activity on hormonal imbalances during menopause. These studies have found that regular physical activity can help reduce the severity of menopausal symptoms, as well as reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and diabetes. Other studies have looked at the effects of different types of physical activity on menopausal symptoms. These studies have found that low-impact aerobic exercises such as walking or swimming are the most beneficial for menopausal women. Strength training has also been found to be beneficial in reducing the risk of osteoporosis and improving muscle strength and balance.
Mindfulness & Being Kind to Yourself
Mindfulness activities such as meditation and tai chi can be beneficial in helping manage stress levels during menopause.
Mindfulness activities can help calm the mind and body and promote relaxation. It is important to take care of your mental health during menopause by engaging in self-care strategies such as getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, maintaining social connections, and seeking professional help if needed.
Other activities such as journaling, reading books or listening to music can also help improve your mood and mental well-being.
Regular exercise is important for managing menopausal symptoms. Low-impact aerobic exercise is most beneficial for menopausal women. Mindfulness activities such as meditation or Mindful movement classes can help calm the mind and body and promote relaxation.
Self-care strategies such as getting enough sleep and eating a balanced diet are also important for maintaining mental health during menopause.
With the physical and emotional changes that occur during menopause, it is important to stay active to help cope with symptoms and ensure overall well-being.