Just when you think that not having to deal with monthly periods is a breath of fresh air, here comes menopause with all its rage. Yes, menopause is inevitable, but we would’ve appreciated it if it took its sweet time before visiting and staying. And yet, here you are, suffering from menopause symptoms you have no idea how to deal with. And here I am telling you that exercise is a piece of the puzzle you need to go through menopause.
I hear you. You have hot flushes, brain fog, sleep issues, anxiety, bouts of depression, night sweats, mood changes, weight gain, muscle and joint pain, hormone imbalance and so many more. We can go on and on about these symptoms but the bottom line is—you want to get rid of every single one of them!
Studies have shown that exercise really does help in menopause symptoms management. In this particular study, menopausal women who committed to a yearlong exercise program experienced significant improvements in both physical and mental health. I’m not saying it will take a year before you feel better on a daily basis. What I’m trying to say here is exercise really does help relieve you from the pain and discomfort of menopause symptoms.
While you are more focused on trying to feel better every single day, you may have been ignoring what is really going on inside your body. Let me tell you about it.
During menopause, there is a significant decrease in the estrogen level in the female body. This estrogen decline is what’s causing the majority of the symptoms you’re suffering from. But what many women do not really talk about is that you are now at a higher risk of osteoporosis and heart disease. These two diseases will creep up on you, which is why preventing these diseases from developing must be your primary concern.
Right now, you should focus on your joint health, heart health, muscles, bone health and mental health. You might be thinking “That’s a lot to take in. How exactly can I do that?” For one, you take it one step at a time. Next, have a personalised fitness programme that’s specifically created for you. At this point, there is no one-size-fits-all workout plan because you are going through a different stage in your life, and your concerns must be addressed.
Another is making tweaks and changes in your current lifestyle. Adding workout sessions won’t be enough; you have to complement that with the right eating plan. Remember, your body is going haywire right now so you have to do what it takes to keep it balanced. You need a lifestyle guide to make sure you stay healthy and steer clear of any disease.
I’ve spoken to women before who feel very hesitant talking about what they go through during menopause. Some even feel a bit ashamed of opening up. I’m here to tell you that everything you’re thinking and saying are valid. When your own body is trying to weigh you down, it can get really demotivating. It affects how you think, your attitude, your mood—you feel like you’re no longer yourself because the monster that is menopause has taken over your life.
Don’t let it! Don’t succumb to the pain and discomfort. Take control of your life once again. No more self-pitying. By talking about what you’re going through, you are declaring war. You are fighting back, and this is a war you’re going to win.
As you may already know, exercise releases happy hormones such as endorphins. This stimulates the brain and will leave a lasting feel-good effect. It will change your mood. BUT exercise won’t be enough to beat your enemy, you need to eat well and be mentally strong. Let me help empower you and guide you through this challenging phase of your life. If you need to talk to someone, don’t hesitate to get in touch.