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Daily Exercise Can Help with Menopause


Daily exercise can help with menopause

Exercise is tantamount for a woman entering the menopause stage of her life.Specifically, daily exercise is proven to improve a woman's health and lengthen her quality of life. Exercise during menopause helps...

  • Build strong bones and muscles
  • Strengthens the heart
  • Maintains a healthy weight
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Prevents risk of heart attacks
  • High blood pressure
  • Strokes
  • Provides an overall feeling of wellness
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Reduces hot flashes

How long should you exercise daily?

It depends on you.If you're a sedentary woman, you should start small and easy.Just walk to the end of the street and back again today.Walk around the block tomorrow.Walk around the block twice in two days.Just start easy and build.Fly a kite.Ride a tandem bike with an avid biker.Try water aerobics.Yard work is a perfect way to get started.

If you have osteoporosis, it's important to remember caution is the word as you begin to adopt this new life of exercise.You don't want to perform any exercise that is going to jar your body.

If you're a more active woman, you may want to strive for 30 minutes a day.You may want to incorporate a more interval-type workout.Switch between walking and jogging.Maybe get a jump rope out if you have strong knees.

If you're used to working out, strive for an hour of exercise on a daily basis.Consider a sport.Ride a bike.Play a rigorous game of tennis.Go lap swimming.

When is the best time to start an exercise routine?

Now!It's never too late to reap the benefits of exercise.

If you don't purposely plan the time, you may find it difficult to start exercising. When you go shopping, park further away and use the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.Don't sit during break time.Get up and walk around.

What should I include in my exercise routine?

Knowledge.Be smart about the whole thing.Don't just start walking.Make sure you have good walking shoes.Be sure to check the weather before you head out.Don't venture off too far the first time out.Add a small challenge and take a stop watch and see if you can't do better the next day.

Menopausal women will experience health benefits if they incorporate the following activities:cardiovascular, muscle strengthening, relaxation, and stretching exercises.

What if you don't exercise during menopause?

When a menopausal woman fails to exercise, she makes herself vulnerable to back pain, bowel irregularities, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, loss of breath, muscle weakness, obesity, osteoporosis, and poor circulation.

What else relieves menopausal symptoms?

While exercise is an excellent way to prevent menopausal symptoms, it's important to remember the other factors that can help, too.

A health diet will help allay menopausal symptoms.Rest and relaxation have been proven to combat unwanted symptoms during menopause.Stress reduction is needed if menopausal symptoms are to be kept at bay.Stop smoking.Eliminate caffeinated beverages and spicy foods that are known triggers of menopausal symptoms.Dress in light layers and sleep in lightweight pajamas to live without unwanted symptoms.

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