Menopause – Will exercise help?
Well I’m not even sure if I know what I am talking about. I’m sure that really makes you want to read this blog too. Well I say that because I have been without my period for about 10 months now. So I guess I am going through menopause.
I have heard all the horror stories about mood swings, depression, bed sweats or just sweats in general. And then of course the dreaded lack of sexual desire (sex being painful) and weight gain. So with all that said I am going on record to say, “I really don’t think it’s all that bad”.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my share of bed sweats. They lasted for a short time and I did feel like a furnace when I was having them, but hey it kind of goes with the territory. Personally I have never had any kind of mood changes or depression. I also still find sex very pleasurable and I’m still completely attracted to my husband. I have not found my sexual desire to be any less than it used to be (other than I’m not 20) so the stamina may had dwindled a bit.
I do have to say that I believe one of the best ways to get your mind and body back on track after hitting the onset of menopause is to start an exercise routine if you don’t already have one. I am guessing my motivation to get up and get moving or to the gym and workout plays a big part in the reason I really don’t feel the effects of menopause to significantly.
Some research has found that exercise increases estrogen levels, which can decrease the severity of the hot flashes. Walking, running, and just moving helps. Strength training is equally as important so you can increase your metabolism and lose body fat. Try doing things using dumbbells or using resistance bands. You don’t have to train like a bodybuilder to reap the benefits. Exercise can help create a calorie deficit, which is what you want when it comes to losing body fat.
On the upside, I actually appreciate not having to have my period every month. And I am looking forward to the day that it will be done for good. And if my calculations are correct it should be sometime in September. I just might celebrate the awesomeness of moving onto the next stage in life. No more worries about pregnancies and the ability to enjoy life whenever the mood strikes.
So my suggestion to you is to get moving and get exercising and get through this thing called menopause as easily as you can.