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Exercise during Menopause

So let’s talk menopause. All women go through it, and 80% experience side effects. Unfortunately these side effects can severely affect your daily life – hot flushes, weight gain, night sweats, and irritability just to name a few. We here at The Movement Therapy Group are here to help you.

We feel your frustration, we understand your problems, and we’re here to guide you along a path to improved health and wellbeing. Research shows sedentary overweight women have more side effects of menopause compared to women with a healthy BMI – so the key point here is get moving!

Menopause comes in 3 different stages – perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. Perimenopause is the stage where menstrual cycles become irregular and the side effects of menopause gradually begin. Menopause is your final menstrual cycle, and postmenopause is from 12 months after your final menstrual cycle. These stages all come with their own unique challenges. But it’s not all doom and gloom. An individually designed exercise program created by an Accredited Exercise Physiologists can help with many of these challenges.  

The Royal Australian New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommend a healthy diet and regular physical activity for all women going through the menopause  transition. Exercise for menopause can:

  • Assist with weight management
  • Reduce the frequency and severity of hot flushes
  • Improve memory and concentration
  • Improve mood and reduce anxiety and depression
  • Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases
  • Improve sleep and quality of life
  • Strengthen bones and reduce the risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis
  • Improve pelvic floor muscle strength and reduce incontinence

I hear you asking, what type of exercise is required to gain these benefits? A good mixture of regular aerobic and strength training is the key to optimal results. But do not fear, this does not mean endless hours in a gym.  Exercise options include walking, home based exercise or group exercise programs. They can be as gentle or sweat-breaking as you desire. Curious to learn more? We’d love to meet you and teach you how exercise can improve your menopause experience.

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Our passionate team includes a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Holistic Nutritionist and Massage Therapist. We love what we do and helping our clients get back to what they love. Call us on 0417 030 608 to book an appointment.

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