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Breaking a Sweat: Benefits of exercise for managing menopause

Updated: Jun 14, 2023

Exercise can be an important tool in managing the physical and emotional changes that occur during menopause. Regular physical activity has been shown to improve mood, promote healthy sleep, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Here are some of the benefits of exercise during menopause:

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Bone health

As women age, their bones can become more brittle and prone to fracture. Weight-bearing exercises like walking, jogging, and strength training can help to maintain bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Heart health

Menopause can increase the risk of heart disease, but regular exercise can help to reduce that risk by improving cardiovascular health.

Weight management

Many women find that they gain weight during menopause, particularly around the midsection. Exercise can help to burn calories, maintain muscle mass, and keep weight in check.

Mood and sleep: Menopause can cause mood swings and sleep disturbances, but exercise can help to improve mood and promote healthy sleep.

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Hot flashes

While the evidence is mixed, some studies have suggested that regular exercise may help to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes.

It's important to note that women may need to adjust their exercise routine as they go through menopause. For example, they may need to reduce the intensity of their workouts or take more breaks if they experience hot flashes or feel fatigued. It's also important to talk to a healthcare provider before starting a new exercise program, particularly if there are any underlying health conditions that need to be considered.

Overall, exercise can be a valuable tool in managing menopause symptoms and promoting overall health and well-being.

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