Menopause: Exercise

Our bodies are designed in such a way that we can gain huge benefits from exercise. The medical profession are gradually realising that many of the changes and ills associated with ageing can be attributed to a lifetime of physical inactivity.

What benefits can exercise give?

Increased Physical well-being
Helps weight loss (along with eating sensibly)
Raises your mood by activating endorphins in your brain
Clears your mind
Raises energy levels: how invigorated do you feel after a good walk along the beach or in the bush!
More flexible joints & muscles
Reduced risk of high blood pressure (up to 40%)
Reduced risk of heart attack (by over 40%)
Reduced risk of stroke (by 33%)
Reduced risk of diabetes (by 29%)
Greater resistance to infection
Increased self confidence and self esteem
Better quality sleep

What type of exercise?

Here are a few suggestions:
Walking (with a friend)
Swimming (aerobic & benefits all muscle groups)
Aerobics at gym
Cycling, great aerobic exercise.
Gentle weights
Aqua fitness
Yoga is excellent for flexibility and to calm the mind, also Tai Chi
Dancing is fun
Any other aerobic activities like golf, tennis etc, but do it because you enjoy it! Very little benefit will be gained without the added bonus of enjoyment.

Weight training can help regain strength in our upper bodies and arms, which we lose as we mature. Before beginning on any exercise program please check with you health practitioner.

How often?
Try for at least 30 minutes each day, but if you have had many years of inactivity, or little physical activity, it is important to begin slowly, and also to check with your doctor before you begin

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