Menopause – Keep Moving Through It


By Free Motion Physiotherapy

Why Is Exercise Important During Menopause?

As your body transitions through menopause, use it as a reminder to take good care of yourself.

With menopause your ovaries stop producing Estrogen which is what leads to symptoms such as Hot Flushes, Disturbed sleep, and Brain Fog. It also increases the risk of Osteoporosis which is why it is essential to continue exercising in order to keep your heart and bones healthy.

Exercise during and after menopause offers many benefits, including:

  • • Preventing weight gain. Women tend to lose muscle mass and gain more adipose (fatty) tissue around menopause. Midlife weight gain tends to settle on our belly and internal organs resulting in an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Muscles are metabolically more active than fat. It is therefore important to maintain and stimulate muscle growth to keep our metabolism firing. Regular physical activity can help prevent weight gain as well as aid in stabilizing any weight changes as our hormones alter and rebalance.
  • • Reducing the risk of cancer. Exercise during and after menopause can help you lose excess weight or maintain a healthy weight, which might offer protection from various types of cancer, including breast, colon, and endometrial cancer.
  • • Strengthening your bones. Exercise can slow bone loss after menopause, which lowers the risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
  • • Reducing the risk of other diseases. Menopause weight gain can have serious implications for your health. Excess weight increases the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Regular exercise can counter these risks.
  • • Boosting your mood. Physically active adults have a lower risk of depression and tend to sleep better.