EXERCISE AND MENOPAUSE

The medical definition of menopause is the cessation of menses for 12 months, when the ovaries stop making the hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. The resulting symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, bladder and reproductive tract changes, insomnia, headaches, fatigue, irritability, anxiety, depression, heart palpitations and joint pain.

Simply put:
  • Exercise helps in a multitude of ways
  • Reduce and prevent the symptoms
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal and bladder atrophy
  • Joint pain
  • Anxiety, irritability, depression
  • Sleep disturbances

Reduces the risk of:
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Weight gain

Improves and increases:
  • Strength, stamina, flexibility, energy
  • Function of vital organs
  • Condition of heart, lungs and muscles

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information resources: IDEA Health & Fitness Association and American Council on Exercise

 

 

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