Lets talk Exercise and Menopause with Kate Burrows, Founder of KB Personal Training
Menopause and Exercise have a very positive relationship together as not only will it help keep your body in shape as it goes through this massive change, but help your mind too during this stage of your life.
We asked award winning personal trainer Kate Burrows founder of KB Personal Training - Female Personal Trainers in London her thoughts on exercise during the menopause. Here is what she said.
Why should women exercise during the menopause?
The menopause is a really important stage of every women’s life and it affects women differently. It is a time to be taking extra care of yourself and exercise offers many benefits.
The main benefits are:
- Preventing weight gain - due to a lack of oestrogen women tend to lose muscle mass and gain abdominal fat. Regular exercise can prevent weight gain.
- Reduce stress - for some women the symptoms of the menopause can be distressing and exercising can help relieve some of that stress.
- Boost your mood - one symptom of the menopause can be mood swings. Exercise can boost your serotonin levels and improve your mood.
- Improve bone strength - when your oestrogen levels drop it relates to a decrease in bone density, strength training can help improve your bone density.
- Help you sleep - if you are having trouble sleeping exercise will make you more physically tired helping you to sleep better.
How should women get started?
The most important thing when you are starting a new exercise regime is to build yourself up slowly so you don't injure yourself. You can always take a few sessions with a personal trainer to point you in the right direction.
What type of exercise should women do?
I would recommend a combination of strength training and aerobic exercise. I also think adding in some yoga or meditation is great for balance.
How often should women going through the menopause exercise?
I would suggest trying to do something even if it is a walk most days, this is not only great for your physical health but your mental health also. Then for your aerobic/strength sessions if you aim for 3 times a week. You can always start with shorter sessions and build up.
Any more tips?
Things have shifted in the fitness world and there is more workouts than ever on offer online. If you are unsure what exercises to do and you can't afford a personal trainer I would get online and look up some specific online workouts that are designed especially for menopausal women.
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