MENOPAUSE AND THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISE

Written by: Ciella Berman
Published: January 22, 2023

Menopause affects all older women and is a huge life change both physically and mentally. We know that it comes with many side effects such as hot flushes, reduced bone density, difficulty sleeping, increased stress and weight gain. These changes can negatively impact our mood and increase fatigue which can lead to decreased motivation when it comes to engaging in regular physical activity. Exercise however, comes with many benefits that can help women to better manage these side effects so that they can get on with their day without feeling overwhelmed by all the changes their body is going through.

BENEFITS

  • Resistance training applies force in the bones to help keep them strong the reduce the decline in density which can lead to osteoporosis
  • Aerobic exercise places controlled and safe stress in the body which allows the body to better adapt to everyday stress so we don’t feel as overwhelmed during the day
  • Regular exercise creates healthy levels of fatigue which can reduce restlessness and improve our quality of sleep
  • All exercise regardless of whether it’s lifting weights, going for a run or doing some laps in the pool increases endorphins which assist in improving mood
  • Engaging in a mix of high and moderate-intensity exercise regularly each week burns calories which help with better management of weight

Days when the side effects of menopause feel really intense can be hard and it’s easy to want to sit down on the couch and rest, but even during those tough days exercise can be your best friend. The next time your thinking of skipping out in exercise, reflect on the above benefits, give a session a go even if it’s a bit lighter than what you would normally do and give yourself a pat on the back for getting it done.