Menopause is inevitable for every woman. The exact age when you will go through the menopausal stage is not certain. However, you can expect to experience menopause at roughly the same age as your mother did.
There are many changes that menopause will bring about in your body, and you will find most of the symptoms unpleasant and uncomfortable. There are medication and treatments available to relieve most of them and help you get through this stage in your life. One of the natural and effective ways to relieve menopause symptoms is to get fit.
Regular exercise is important to keep your body healthy and functioning properly. Studies shows that physical activity during and after menopause offers many benefits. Regular exercise can help in reducing the immediate symptoms of menopause.
Research shows that about 90 percent of menopausal women experience weight gain. For some, it may only be an insignificant amount of weight gain, but for others, the weight gain may become difficult to endure. Weight gain disturbs a woman’s self-esteem; it may also lead to health threatening conditions if not controlled or managed. Some of the health conditions that weight gain during menopause may lead to are:
- Heart-related diseases and stroke
- High cholesterol
- Kidney disease
- Breast cancer
Engaging in a regular fitness routine before, during and after menopause may help prevent you from gaining weight. Being physically active can help you maintain a stable weight because you burn calories at a regular rate.
Breast Cancer Risk
The risk of developing breast cancer for women that gained more than 20 pounds after menopause increased by 20 percent. However, studies show that for those women that managed to lose 20 pounds decreased breast cancer risk by more than 20 percent. Weight loss resulting from physical activities, lifestyle changes and healthy eating habits offers protection from breast cancer.
Due to the hormonal imbalance that menopause brings about in women, osteoporosis is one of the symptoms that perhaps holds a more serious threat for women. Osteoporosis can lead to extreme physical health problems such as back pain, fractures and broken bones. The disease may go unrecognized until a fall happens and a bone is fractured or broken.
Being physically fit due to regular exercise and healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of osteoporosis. Furthermore, bone loss during and after menopause can be slowed down if you are physically active during this stage. Fitness significantly helps in relieving menopause symptoms. Being physically fit can counter the risks of other chronic conditions’ development such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Besides the physical benefits, being fit can also improve your psychological well being. Physical activities can greatly relieve stress and boost your mood. Regular physical activities like jogging, walking or swimming have been known to help with depression and anxiety symptoms.
In able for you to maintain a fitness program long term, it is important you choose one that you can adhere to realistically. There are many choices from aerobic exercises to strength training and stretching. Physical activities together with a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits will help you to cope with menopause symptoms.