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Menopause And Exercise - 6 Great Reasons To Do It

Oct 4, 2007
Exercise Can Help Menopause

Regular, vigorous exercise at menopause time can help reduce many of the commonest symptoms of menopause. It will also help deal with heart disease and osteoporosis. Use exercise as part of a holistic 'menopause programme' which should include attention to diet and relaxation as well as use of natural remedies including herbs.

Here are the 6 great reasons to exercise at menopause time:

1. Exercise, Menopause And Feeling Good

Aerobic exercise improves your mood and relieves tension. This helps to reduce the depression and anxiety which can accompany menopause. This is thanks to the hormones called endorphins released by exercise. For some people the good feelings last for several hours after the exercise has finished.

2. Exercise, Menopause And The Brain

Exercise improves blood circulation to the brain. This helps to counteract the poor memory and fuzzy brain which often accompany menopause.

Use ginkgo herb at this time too. Ginkgo helps memory and other brain functions. Try a 3-month course.

3. Exercise, Menopause And Abdominal Fat

Aerobic exercise helps to reduce abdominal fat. This is the place where weight easily goes on during menopause.

Aerobic exercise involves continuous, moderate exertion over an extended time. For example, running, hill walking, swimming and tennis are aerobic; golf, weights and exercise machines are not, because of the frequent breaks.

4. Menopause And Osteoporosis

Strength training (at a gym) stimulates bone growth and delays the progress of, or onset of, osteoporosis. If possible, start this before menopause begins; the earlier the better.

5. Exercise And Heart Health

Exercise helps to improve cholesterol levels. This adds to the benefits for the heart and arteries provided by increased physical fitness.

6. Menopause, Exercise, And The Immune System

The lymphatic fluid is an essential part of the immune system. Exercise is the main factor making this vital fluid flow through the body. So exercise helps ensure maximum health both during menopause and at other times because it stimulates the immune system.

What You Can Do

* Take up a sport and play several times a week.
* Take long, regular country walks over rough terrain.
* Try yoga; once learned, you can do this yourself at home conveniently and at low cost.
* Go to the gym and set up a training programme in consultation with a qualified member of staff.

Start To Exercise Now

Start a programme of regular exercise at menopause time and see how great you feel for it. Start slowly but regularly and you will often see your symptoms improve steadily. In addition you will help your weight to stay moderate and benefit every organ and system of your body. This must make sense!
About the Author
Max Hill, a practitioner for 20 years, loves sharing what he knows. On www.herbal-menopause.com he gives valuable information about menopause symptoms. Get the benefit of Max's experience and knowledge.
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