The importance of Exercise during Menopause
Exercise is vital to a healthy mind and body, but even more beneficial to those in their menopausal years as it can help relieve many of the troublesome symptoms associated with menopause. If you are determined to take a positive attitude towards health, vitality and long-life, and to prevent symptoms rather than treating them - then physical activity must become an essential part of your life!
Together with a low-fat diet, exercise can help in preventing heart disease by conditioning the heart and lungs into working more efficiently. Physical activity also affects cholesterol (a fatty substance in the blood which can build up inside arteries, resulting in a number of problems), which exists in two forms, namely: LDL (low density lipoprotein), which increases the risk of a heart attack, and HDL (high density lipoprotein), which decreases the risk. Exercise is thought to increase the amount of HDL in the bloodstream, thus protecting against potential problems.
Regular exercise is believed to be essential in preventing osteoporosis, or stopping the condition worsening. However, as important as physical activity is to this condition, so is the combined use of vitamin D and calcium, as exercise alone, would prove ineffective in preventing bone loss.
Anxiety, irritability and insomnia
Exercise has a very powerful psychological effect, as it acts to increase the level of endorphins in the brain. Endorphins are substances that are thought to regulate mood changes, leaving one with a deep sense of peace, and allowing for a more restful nights rest.
Weight control and general appearance
During the menopausal years, food is metabolized less efficiently, with unused excess food energy being stored as fat under the skin and around the organs. Many women, in an attempt to maintain their appearance often take on the wrong and most dangerous route of succumbing to chronic dieting measures. This poses a major health risk to the woman, as being too thin at this age increases the risk of osteoporosis.
It would be far more sensible to follow a nutritious diet, combined with an exercise program, whereby muscles and internal organs would benefit aswell.
Exercise also increases blood circulation, so resulting in a more supple, healthy toned skin.
Symptoms such as vaginal dryness and thinning are partly due to the decrease of female hormones, being secreted by the ovaries, however, poor blood circulation and muscle tone are also to blame. Exercise in the form of regular sexual activity or masturbation would improve circulation to the pelvic area and promote a healthier image of oneself. Pelvic/Kegel exercises, where one exercises the vaginal muscles, will improve vaginal elasticity, bladder control and sexual pleasure.
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Richard Penfounde - Natural Health Advisor
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