A woman’s risk for numerous medical conditions, including breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, dementia and heart disease rises during and after menopause. Working out regularly, appropriate nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight can help offset these risks.
Research has proven that running for 60 minutes or more on a running machine or cross trainer is counterproductive to our metabolism, doesn’t burn fat, (you may have found that the exercise you did in the past isn’t working for you now?) and can contribute towards oestrogen dominance, which in turn adds to any unpleasant menopause symptoms and continued weight gain … whatever you try!
There is however an very important range of exercises that need to be considered to help reduce unpleasant menopause symptoms and halt or delay the onset of those long term chronic disease mentioned above.
Here are my top 4 for you to consider, and if you can embrace more than one, the greater the benefits will be as each have their niche.
Research is showing the best exercise for the mid-life years is HIIT, which involves exercising to a high level in short spurts, and relaxing in between before exercising again. For example, exercise 30 seconds, relax 30 seconds over a 20-30 minute time period.
Often done in a gym with a variety of equipment. But it doesn’t have to involve expensive gym membership or equipment you’ll be pleased to know!
You can employ exactly the same principal when you are walking, e.g. power walk for 30 seconds, walk slower for 30 seconds, for 30 minutes 3-4 times/week. You can even do this indoors!
HIIT exercise is fat burning, boosts metabolism, reduces chance of cardio problems. Oestrogen helps protects the heart, decreasing levels through menopause leaves us more susceptible to heart disease, the biggest killer of age 60+ women!
Start with exercises you are comfortable with, and gradually build up, and most importantly BE CONSISTENT for maximum benefits and results.
One of my favourite exercises is on a rebounder (mini trampoline). Jump up and down vigorously for 30 seconds, relax for 30 seconds. Keeping this up for 20 minutes at any one time may be more difficult initially, but you can always split this up into 2 x 10 minutes in a day. It’s really versatile, suitable for all ages and abilities, and there are lots of exercises you can find on YouTube.
Rebounding helps with muscle mass and bone density, and is a perfect exercise if you suffer from hip and knee joint problems.
Other benefits during menopause?
Both of the above I encourage members of the Natural Menopause Road Map on-line programme to follow as they can so easily be done at home, slotted in the day.
Muscle loss or Sarcopenia (the medical term) is one of the least well known symptoms of our perimenopause and menopause transition and is a cause of concern for so many women.
Did you know – From the age of 39, we lose 1/5 lb. of muscle every 12 months.
This increases to 1lb. every 12 months from the age of 50!
Although seldom discussed it has serious consequences if not managed. As we lose our muscular system our overall structure including our bones and joints become weaker and smaller.
Therefore this leaves us vulnerable to weight increase, injury and when combined with osteoporosis it can lead to broken bones including hip fractures and potential hospitalisation.
Did you know – That 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men suffer bone fractures due to falls!?
Follow this link to find out more from Adelle Martin, executive mid-life transition coach, who shares her top tips to maintain your strength and form through mid-life and menopause.
For more detail on how declining oestrogen levels affect our muscle mass watch this great presentation on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/_7Fna0NHmsg
Walking has to be one of the simplest, cheapest and most effective exercises for all ages, and walking for health through your mid-life and menopause is highly recommended.
Is it as simple as putting one foot in front of the other? Well, yes and no. There are other considerations to get the very best out of your daily walk.
In this blog I’d like to introduce you to Nordic Walking. You may have seen people out walking with poles that resemble ski poles?
Nordic walking has many, many health benefits, including the reduction of symptoms associated with menopause. It helps reduce joint and muscle aches and pains, burns calories, improves postures, strengthens your core. Nordic walking is also associated with reductions in body fat mass, “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and waist circumference, and increases in “good” cholesterol, endurance, muscle strength and flexibility, walking distance, cardiovascular fitness, and general quality of life. Who thought something as simple as walking with two poles, done correctly, could have so many benefits!
Plus, Nordic walking is fun. It can be a great social activity if you join one of the Nordic walking clubs popping up across the country. You get to meet new people AND enjoy the fresh air and wonderful scenery we have here in the UK.
Others you may like to embrace for their benefits include:
Yoga to help calm the nervous system, keep you flexible, centre the mind and help reduce hot flushes, irritability, fatigue. Here is a 5 minute menopause yoga sequence for you to follow: https://vimeo.com/224673964/1ef4c5c679
Hool-a-hoop. It’s not just for kids! This exercise is great for toning the midriff and keeping your spine flexible.
Dancing to help you build muscle, keep you flexible, exercise the mind due to remembering the routines. Turn up the music and dance like no-one is watching!
Combining movement AND nutrition are essential for maintaining health not just during menopause, but so importantly ensuring your optimum health BEYOND menopause.
What can you do to increase your exercise level? Please do share.
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A full hysterectomy in her 30s led nutritional therapist and health coach Clare on an amazing adventure exploring the many opportunities available to manage her enforced menopause and create long-term health.
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