What You Need to Know About Exercising During Menopause

As we grow older, our bodies experience changes associated with changing hormone levels and general changes to the way our body functions. It isn’t uncommon for women entering menopause to notice they are gaining weight or feeling less energized to complete their day to day tasks.

When you are experiencing menopause, caring for yourself is more important than ever. Your body is changing drastically and for many this means experiencing difficult symptoms that reduce their quality of life. There are many ways to take care of yourself during this season of life, but one of the most important things you can do for you body is staying active and getting plenty of exercise during menopause.

Benefits of Regular Exercise During Menopause

The most obvious benefit of regular exercise during menopause is weight control. It becomes more difficult to maintain a healthy weight after menopause, so keeping active can help you prevent excess weight gain. Additionally, exercise plays an important role in preventing osteoporosis and improves your body’s insulin resistance. Any mood swings, depression or anxiety you experience may be improved by exercise and you will likely see an increase in your energy if you commit to regular, daily exercise for the long term.

Best Exercise During Menopause

In general, any form of exercise you were engaging in before menopause will be safe to continue. However, there are some forms of exercise that may be especially beneficial in addressing the changes your body is experiencing. Weight bearing exercises will increase muscle strength and play a role in keeping your bones strong and protected from osteoporosis.

Swimming provides the resistance your body needs to grow stronger and burn calories but is also gentle on joints if you are experiencing pain. Regular walks are a great form of exercise and spending time outdoors may help improve your overall mood and quality of life.

Before starting a new exercise, it is important that you speak with your doctor. Talk with your primary care physician about any potential risks associated with your unique health circumstances.

Knowing When You Should Take Additional Steps

If you engage in regular exercise, you will likely see drastic improvements to your overall well being and you may experience a decrease in any symptoms related to menopause. However, there may come a point where additional steps should be taken to increase your quality of life during menopause. If you are struggling with extreme fatigue, mood swings, pain, or continue to gain weight, hormone replacement therapy could alleviate your symptoms and make exercise more effective.

To learn more about the hormone replacement therapy options provided by Premier Health and Wellness, click here or call 512-459- 4405 to schedule a consult with Dr. Edgerton.