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Combat Menopause: Exercise for a Better Life!

Posted Jul 09 2013 12:00am

Today’s post is a paid sponsored guest post by Christina Moore

It is inevitable. Every woman at some point in her life will face the reality of perimenopause and menopause and there is no way to avoid it.

Media teaches us that we will become insane creatures and that life will be miserable, but it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to control the effects menopause has on our bodies.

We have already discussed various reasons why diet and exercise are important to combat the effects menopause has on our bodies so let’s take a closer look at the three dangers we face and two important ways to exercise for a better life.

Women are more susceptible to problems with bone density, especially in the post-menopausal years. Diseases such as osteoporosis begin to take hold and we run a higher rate of bone loss than men overall. When a calcium rich diet and regular exercise are added to daily routine the body responds by strengthening and even on some small degree replacing bones and bone loss.

As women age their metabolism slows down and they begin to lose important muscle mass. These two issues, paired with less frequent activity, mean women run a high risk of weight gain and weight management problems during these already stressful years. Exercise and a healthy diet can help maintain and in some cases increase muscle mass, as well as encourage the metabolism to move faster as well.

Believe it or not, women with a higher body mass index (BMI) also run a higher risk of cancers such as breast cancer. A study released in 2008 by the British Journal of Sports Medicine revealed that exercise and a healthy diet can decrease the risk of such cancers by 25% in menopausal and post-menopausal women. If the other two dangers were not enough to scare us into a healthier life, this third one certainly is.

Contrary to popular belief, yoga is a great way for women (and men) of all ages to exercise safely while restoring the body and mind. How yoga ended up with such a reputation for being difficult and only for the young (and for women) is a mystery. The truth is yoga can also be restorative, giving the body a chance to return balance to itself through easy poses, breathing techniques, and mental relaxation. A number of various studies have shown that restorative yoga is good for everyone, including women suffering from menopause. In fact, the top five exercises to combat menopause are all yoga poses.

Taking walks is an obvious answer to the problems of becoming active. But with older age, just walking isn’t enough. While it can help activate some of the muscles in our bodies, as we grow older alignment is incredibly important. Proper alignment can be the difference between whether or not we have leg and back problems. It may be time to invest in custom foot orthotics so that you have ergonomic footwear that helps keep your back in line and decreases the chances of knee injuries. Don’t wait until you already have the problem. Get the special shoes and take a walk each day after dinner.

All our lives we hear people tell us the importance of diet and exercise for a healthy life, but once women reach this crucial age it is more and more important to understand the effects of a healthy lifestyle on our well being.

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