Menopause is the perfect time to renew your commitment to physical fitness. Walk, ride your bike, take up yoga or some other activity that interests you. Science confirms that regular exercise delivers physical and emotional benefits to women dealing with the symptoms of menopause. It reduces stress, helps with weight management, helps prevent osteoporosis by building bone and muscle strength, and contributes to a general feeling of wellbeing. A balanced exercise program includes both weight-bearing exercise (such as brisk walking, low-impact aerobics, and/or weight training) and stretching.
If you haven’t been exercising regularly, start slowly and build up. Accumulate 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity most days. Minutes count - add it up 10 minutes at a time.
The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends you choose a variety of activities from each of these three groups:
- Continuous activities that make you feel warm and breathe deeply
- Increase your energy
- Improve your heart, lungs, and circulatory system
- Gentle reaching, bending, and stretching
- Keep your muscles relaxed and joints mobile
- Move more easily and be more agile
Strength & Balance
- Lift weights, do resistance activities
- Improve balance and posture
- Keep muscles and bones strong
- Prevent bone loss
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