Welcome to the A-Z of Menopause. This is E for Exercise.
If you are menopausal and aching all the time here is…
Why You Should Exercise In Menopause
Of course, it’s a good idea to move more at any stage of your life, but why in menopause? And what exercises should you do?
Full disclaimer I don’t really do much of this!
At this time in your life, you start losing your muscle mass which clearly impacts your strength.
So experts say instead of focusing on cardio activities, focus on more weights instead.
They don’t say “Don’t do cardio,” but they say it’s better to focus on some more muscle-forming exercises instead.
So what can you do to help?
Here’s what you can do,
- Firstly review your lifestyle, try to make sure you are fitting in a small amount of exercise daily,
- review your diet, see if you can eat more healthy foods,
- make an effort to try and get an exercise regime going.
One of the best ideas is to do more yoga or pilates to help with balance and flexibility.
Plus the meditation side of it will also potentially help with your mental health.
Now let’s be honest, this is not easy.
Women are often struggling with their confidence and anxiety so this may not help.
And if you are anything like me, you don’t have the time, I’m constantly juggling, so how am I going to fit it all in?
Little is better than none, so I have started a 7-minute routine with weights every morning so hopefully that will help.
What I do know is that if it helps my aching hip, I will be happy. So it’s worth a try.
The most important thing you can do if you’re struggling is to talk to somebody, talk to your partner, talk to your friend, talk to a doctor, talk to a menopause specialist, talk to someone.
And if you’ve got no one to talk to, have a look at the link in my TikTok bio for my community, because that can help you too.
It’s called Bossing Midlife.
If you are struggling with menopause, please visit your doctor to get help and support.
Want more advice?
Kate Beavis is Fearless at 50 – supporting women to be visible and fearless in midlife. This includes understanding your health, and well-being, building confidence, and more.