Exercise and Menopause

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The Sports Injury Clinic

Rachel Mills

October 6, 2020

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Menopause is characterised by a reduction in the hormone Estrogen and usually occurs between the ages of 44-55. The symptoms can vary greatly between each woman and unfortunately, they can interfere with daily activity and quality of life. Research suggests that exercise is a useful intervention strategy for women before, during and following menopause to improve some of the hallmark symptoms. In this blog, we explore some of the benefits of exercise and menopause.

Why is it so important to exercise? To help prevent the onset of chronic and complex conditions.

What are the benefits of aerobic exercise? Supporting fat lass, reducing the risk of heart disease, and enhancing mental health.

What are the benefits of strength/resistance exercises? As osteoporosis risk skyrockets following menopause, strength training exercises help build bone and muscle strength, burn body fat and rev your metabolism.

When is it best to exercise? If you're experiencing hot flushes it is recommended that you exercise in the morning due to potential hot weather and your levels of hormone cortisol. Essential finding a time within your daily routine that will minimize the risk of nocturnal hypoglycemia (drop in blood glucose levels). Remember to always consult a professional before beginning any new exercise routine, and to discuss with them finding what time would work best for you.

Why choose and Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)? They understand, have the knowledge and professional skill set in the physiological and hormonal changes occurring through menopause.

What would your program look like from one of our AEP's? Our AEP will tailor an exercise program for you to help prevent the onset of chronic and complex conditions.

Things to remember:

  •  Each individual will have a difference experience with menopause.
  • Symptoms occur in conjunction with changing hormones.
  • Women may suffer weight gain, weaker pelvic floor muscles, depression and anxiety.

If you wish to book an appointment with one of our Exercise Physiologists, call us on 97839990 or book online.

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