Navigating the waters of menopause does not have to be difficult. Exercise can make the transition from a woman’s fertile years to menopause much smoother. When you exercise, your brain secrets a neurotransmitter (or brain chemical) known as dopamine. This chemical is what gives us a feeling of well being. Exercise also stimulates production of endorphins, which also give us feelings of wellness and peace. Runners know all about this when they experience what is known as “runner’s high,” which is nothing more than the release of dopamine and endorphins, stimulated by exercise. The good news is that you don’t have to be a runner to experience this surge of wellness and peace.
As we age, our metabolisms slow down. This is why so many middle-aged adults tend to become overweight. Exercise can stave off the results of a slowing metabolism. In fact, many older weight- conscious women look slimmer, younger and more vibrant, simply because they exercise daily. You don’t have to be a runner to gain the benefits of exercise. You can walk the dog or take a brisk walk around the block with a friend. You can walk briskly on a treadmill for 15 - 30 minutes, or pedal on a stationary cycle. Swimming laps and bicycling are other excellent forms of exercise.
Because of slowing metabolism, women going through menopause tend to be less active. However, if they can do some form of exercise they will usually feel much better. Exercise helps eliminate insomnia, speeds up the metabolism, and aids in good heart health. It also helps prevent artery disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Some women also claim that it helps their night sweats and hot flashes. With all of the benefits that exercise has to offer the woman going through menopause, it makes good sense to build exercise into your daily routine. You will feel better, younger and more vibrant. The hardest part of exercising is actually doing it, but once you get started, the rest is easy.