When women reach menopause, their bodies change. There is hormonal imbalance and this manifests in a variety of symptoms.
Some symptoms that women who are menopausal face are:
• Hot and cold flashes
• Weight gain
• Night sweats
• Irregular periods
• Anxiety attacks
Most symptoms pass as the body adjusts to the change. Medication and counseling can help get through the worst of it. But, one big problem that menopausal women face is weight gain. If not controlled then, it can lead to a host of problems later.
Some problems related to weight gain during menopause include:
• High blood pressure
• Difficulty in breathing
• Losing muscle mass
How will exercise help?
• Helps you be more active – If your body isn’t carrying excess weight, it is easier to be independent. You don’t need others to help you with your chores.
• Keeps illnesses at bay – A healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and exercise can help keep your organs functioning smoothly. Chances of falling ill decrease.
• Keeps you mentally alert – Exercise not only keeps you physically fit but mentally alert too.
• Improves bone density- This in turn prevents bone decay and osteoporosis.
• It will keep the blues away – The increase of endorphins in the body that occurs during exercise, is a mood lifter.
What kind of exercise program is effective?
• Aerobic exercises like walking or swimming are very good for the cardiovascular system, bone health, and even cognition.
• Impact and resistance training is shown to improve bone health
• Resistance exercise helps maintain muscle mass. It improves flexibility and balance
• Pilates improve balances and reduces the risk of falls
• Yoga can help bring down stress and anxiety