Exercise is an important step in maintaining wellness at every stage of a woman's life, but this is especially true after menopause. The changes in a woman's body that become pronounced after menopause can be curbed by the positive effects that an exercise routine can have on the body.
Continue reading for more on the benefits of exercise, along with guidelines for planning an exercise routine.
There are some benefits of exercise that are specific to postmenopausal women. The Journal of Midlife Health notes some of these particular benefits of post-menopausal exercise:
As you can see, exercising should be on top of your to-do list, if it isn't already. Don't feel discouraged if you haven't been exercising - it's never too late to start. Just make sure you follow both your general and OB/GYN doctor's exercise guidelines.
If you haven't been exercising, just remember to start out slow. You might be discouraged at first, but by sticking with a program for just six weeks, you will begin to see changes that encourage you to continue. Each woman should talk with her OB/GYN physician before initiating a new routine, particular if you have osteoporosis or a preexisting cardiac condition.
In general, though, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention make the following recommendations for older adults:
One of the best moderate-intensity activities for women is walking. If you aren't able to tolerate the weather outside, indoor shopping areas like the Oaks Mall can be safe, free places to walk and often open early to allow for walkers. Step aerobics or other group fitness classes can also be a good way for women to both get a workout and have some social time.
Again, many group aerobic classes integrate strength training into their routines. Or, there are some exercises that you may be able to do on your own. You should talk to your OB/GYN doctor about strength training exercises that would be suitable to your situation.
Exercise can help ward off many of the health risks that follow menopause. Make sure to talk with your OB/GYN doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. In particular, women with osteoporosis need to make sure to stick to low impact cardio workouts where falling is less likely to happen.
The compassionate OB/GYN doctors, nurses and support staff at All About Women in Gainesville and Lake City are here to help you in this new stage in your life.
If you have concerns about your health during or after menopause, don't hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment today.