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Menopause & Exercise

Tuesday, October 3, 2006


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Menopause & Exercise - Tuesday, October 3, 2006Most women can expect to live decades after menopause. “The change” simply marks the end of the reproductive years, but it is accompanied by a host of troublesome symptoms. In the past, many women passively endured this period, but exercise offers an opportunity to actively ease this transition in life. When a woman's hormone levels drop and the reproductive years come to an end, symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, joint pain, irritability, and insomnia can begin. Aerobic, weight-bearing exercise relieves tension and elevates mood. It also aids in fat loss around the abdomen, a place where it's prone to accumulate during menopause. And some studies have shown increased estrogen levels following exercise, which combat hot flashes. Exercise has the additional benefit of reducing the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, which becomes more common in later years.

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