Womens Health – Menopause
Our Womens Health program is a progressive exercise and physical activity programme designed to support women during peri-menopause and into post- menopause. It offers you the chance to rebuild your fitness, strength, balance and bone-health; and helps you get the most out of the time and effort you put into exercise.
During the transition into menopause (perimenopause), the body goes through many physiological changes. In particular, the hormone estrogen starts to decline, and typical menopausal symptoms start to occur: think hot flashes, mood changes, fatigue, headaches, sleep disturbance, and muscle/joint aches. The last thing that is probably on a lot of women’s minds throughout this period is exercise when, in fact, it should be at the forefront.
Why should we exercise during menopause?
- Increasing/maintaining bone density
- Improving/maintaining muscle mass and strength
- Helping to create a calorie deficit to minimise weight gain
The symptoms of menopause (listed above) can also have a drastic effect on quality of life. Exercise can help to improve quality of life in these ways:
- Stress relief/being better able to cope with stress
- Improved mood/confidence/body image
- Better Sleep
- Increased energy levels
- Reduced levels of depression
- Increasing heart and lung function (overall fitness levels)
- Reduce lower back pain
Along with the above, exercise (particularly high intensity) can also help to reduce the amount and severity of hot flashes. Exercise can improve your body’s ability to direct blood flow to your skin surface, making your body more efficient at cooling itself down.