12 Jan Menopause and Exercise
Menopause is Not talked about in the fitness industry enough.
I’ve trained so many women over the years who have been going through menopause.
At the start of my personal training career I was scared to even mention the word menopause or period, I was embarrassed, imagine a 21 year old personal trainer talking about a middle-aged womens body.
Sounds like one of those books!
But then by expanding my knowledge around all things health and wellness I came to understand that it was a subject that was very important to gain knowledge on if I was going to help my clients.
I now talk openly to my clients and menopause, cycle and other subjects that you might only talk about with your doctor.
Now I am not a doctor…yet I’m waiting on an honorary doctorate from UCC or even Trinity college will do.
But until then my basic knowledge will have to do.
Menopausal is a transitional time and affects each woman uniquely and in various ways.
The body begins to use energy differently, fat cells change, and women may gain weight more easily.
You may experience changes in your muscle, bone, heart and overall health, your body shape and composition might change, or your physical function & how you do your day to day.
But wait I have a secret weapon that’s not that secret
It’s called exercise 😃
Let’s look at some symptoms of menopause and how exercise can help you on your journey.
Reduces hot flashes and night sweats:
Regular exercise can help to improve the symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats, which are common during menopause.
Improves cardiovascular health: Menopause increases the risk of heart disease.
But regular exercise can help to improve cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.
Maintains bone density:
Osteoporosis is a common concern during menopause, weight-bearing exercises such as walking, running, and weightlifting can help to maintain bone density and reduce the risk of fractures.
Increases muscle mass and strength: Menopause causes muscle mass and strength to decrease, regular exercise (lifting weights, bands or bodyweight) can help to prevent or slow down this process.
Boosts mood and mental health: You don’t need to down a bottle of Dada 2 (the best one) to release endorphins, exercise will do it for you and it’s Free 😃 it will improve your mood and reduce stress and anxiety, which are common during menopause.
If you’re experiencing any symptoms and think that exercise might be the answer but you don’t really know where to start.
This is your sign
Let’s start your journey today