Benefits of Exercise for Women in Menopause
Relieves PMS and muscle cramps which you will continue to experience until your periods come to an end.
Decreases the frequency and severity of hot flushes as it raises our levels of beta-endorphins in the brain, which helps improve sleep, reduce stress and relieve depression.
Helps to create a calorific deficit as it increases metabolism and in turn the ability for our body to burn calories, resulting in a loss of body fat.
If you continue to eat the same number of calories as before, you may struggle with weight gain leading up to and following menopause.
Most of this weight gain comes in the form of belly fat, which is both detrimental to our health and frustrating from a body image point of view. A lower weight and slimmer waist circumference in women of menopause age is beneficial. For more information on why women gain weight at menopause see this article: menopause and weight gain.
Reduces the risk for osteoporosis, heart disease and cancer. It stimulates the formation of new bone and researchers have found that women who exercise greatly reduce their risk of developing heart disease.
Menopause can often lead to depression, stress and anxiety – exercise is proven to help reduce stress and improve your mood.
Some research has found that exercise increases estrogen levels, which can decrease the severity of hot flushes.
Reduces the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
Boosts immunity and increases your body’s natural antioxidants. Loss of libido at menopause can be a problem for many women – exercise is proven to increase sex drive and satisfaction.
Improves insulin resistance Keeps joints and muscles strong Maintains a healthy bowel function Improves overall health
A study in France found that women of menopause age who undertook a few hours of activity each week are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than sedentary women. Studies have also shown that exercise may moderately reduce the associated risks of hormone replacement therapy. Research is ongoing.