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An Active Approach to Managing Menopause

Get Moving to Relieve Discomfort

-- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer
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Last, but certainly not least, regular exercise may allow you to maintain better mental agility by increasing the amount of oxygen delivered to the brain. A study comparing older women who were sedentary with older women who exercised regularly for four months, found that the active group processed information faster when tested. In addition, exercise may slow down the loss of dopamine, a neurotransmitter which helps prevent shaking and stiffness that come with old age.

What type of exercise routine should you plan if you’re gearing up for (or going through) menopause? Generally there are three components to a healthy routine: appropriate stretching exercises to improve and maintain flexibility, resistance training to delay loss of bone and muscle tissue, and aerobic activity that will strengthen your overall health and help you maintain a sensible weight.

The bottom line is that whether you crave solitude and independence on an early morning walk or an exercise class that’s always a social occasion, you’ll be much better prepared to soar through menopause if you’re taking care of the body you’re in. You may still have those flashes— but they may be warm rather than hot, and a lot easier to endure!

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Rebecca Pratt Rebecca Pratt
A freelance writer who contributes to various newspapers and magazines, Becky loves covering ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Member Comments

  • I so appreciate this article! It was very encouraging to me as I am peri-menopausal. Come to think of it........my hot flashes are not on the HOT side but more warm. Wow! Will continue to exercise. Thank you for this info! - 1/1/2014 7:14:09 PM
  • already through menopause, but this was interesting
    - 10/4/2013 12:27:54 PM
  • DEBBIEJGB
    I think you left out a fourth component especially important to one who is aging - balancing exercises. Broken bones are often the result of losing one's balance. Overall an informative article. Thanks. - 5/31/2013 12:50:23 PM
  • NNUOLA
    My lovely friend the writer Louise Miller recently chronicled her experience of the onset of menopause. It was so funny and life affirming that I had to share it with others!

    You can read it here - blog.saintandsmit
    h.com - 5/30/2013 8:19:56 AM
  • I have found that losing weight is the hardest thing to do when you are in menopause. I have to eat around a 1000 calories instead of 1200 that is recommended for weight loss. The most important thing is exercise though. Walking takes it off... - 9/23/2012 9:28:54 PM
  • I have been having nausea for quite awhile & now I see that it could be caused by menopause! I am also having terrible hot flashes & night sweats. Also I cry at the drop of a hat! Good article - 9/2/2012 11:48:44 AM
  • Good article, thanks.
    but as said before "one size does not fit all" so to speak.
    I was lucky enough to have fewer hot flashes and night sweats than most it seems
    and no HRT for me,even the ob/gyn Dr. i have does not recomend it for his patients
    as he said "if you insist i will give it" I did not insist, I do not like meds. - 8/14/2012 9:46:45 AM
  • TMOUSE315
    I have been dealing with Menopause for 4 years, in the last year I have gained 20 lbs around the mid-section; and the hot flashed are crazy; as well as night sweats.And I think I am losing my hair.

    I see an TCM doctor once a week for acupuncture and cupping, which has helped but no weight loss or reduction of hot flashes. I am going to my OB/GYN tomorrow to try some form of HRT - 6/12/2012 1:01:50 PM
  • Perhaps thismight not be a cure all, but it is a definite help against bone loss and weight gain. Miracle no, but non age related good sense and healthy.
    By the way, several years ago, it was noted that I had osteopena but this year with excercise was told that my bone structure is good. Yay for excercise!
    Again, good solid advice, whether or not it completely alleviates the menopause symptoms.
    - 12/16/2011 6:47:27 PM
  • Being peri-men myself, I'm always on the look out for natural ways to manage this.

    That being said, we are all different and have different medical backgrounds. One size doesn't fit all in medicine (said as a former customer service/patient rep for a hospital).

    I've also read that one should look at the peri/men. history of your mother/sisters (if you have any) for a possible indication of what to expect. Again-possible indication.

    Everyone is different. I hope to manage my symptoms naturally, but also-I won't hesitate to talk to my gynecologist if necessary. - 12/16/2011 1:23:47 PM
  • ELLIEH8
    Terrific!! Loosing weight was always a challenge - but now it is an uphill battle. This article gives me inspiration to continue training to run that 5k. E - 12/16/2011 8:27:01 AM
  • Great article! Really hope this applies to a "chemical induced" menopause as well! - 12/16/2011 5:40:11 AM
  • Wow I wish I'd read this 5 or 6 years ago. Great article. Thanks. - 9/21/2011 3:15:37 PM
  • This could not have come at a better time for me! My first appointment with a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in menopause is tomorrow. So hot all the time but would rather exercise than take hormones if possible. Plus I needed the push to exercise! - 9/21/2011 3:12:00 PM
  • This is the best bit of motivation for me. I'm hopeful that if I commit to exercise the way many experts advocate that I'll reap these particular benefits. Yay exercise! - 9/21/2011 11:44:29 AM
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