Time To Grab Those Dance Shoes & Dance Away Menopausal Symptoms

“Menopause is a time of great change — it is the adolescence of older age but better than adolescence of youth because menopausal women have confidence and experience.” (unknown author)

Menopause is an important transition in a woman’s life, and everyone experiences menopause differently. Our bodies are experiencing a number of changes that may be uncomfortable and even painful. For some, the symptoms are mild and pass quickly. For others, it can be an explosion of hot flushes, sleeping problems, mood swings, or increased anxiety.

If you’re experiencing menopausal symptoms, it can sometimes feel as if you’ve lost control of your body – and even your mind.

The good news is there are things you can do to take charge again – and working up a sweat is one of them. I know that when you’re struggling with menopause symptoms such as sleep problems or mood swings, probably the last thing you want to do is exercise.

And, while exercise can’t stop the menopause, it can help manage some of the unpleasant symptoms through this phase of your life and leave you feeling better than ever.

Getting active can help alleviate a number of physical and psychological changes associated with menopause, including depression, weight gain, loss of muscle mass and bone density, and even help decrease the risk of coronary artery disease, and some types of cancer.

And exercise doesn’t have to be hard work. If running on a treadmill at the gym isn’t your thing, why not consider a dance class? Packing a calorie-burning dance fitness session into your routine can be fun and good for your body.

5 major perks/benefits/bonuses of exercise for menopausal women

  1. Bone health
  2. Heart & General health
  3. Joint & Muscle health
  4. Mood / Brain booster
  5. Weight management

This is the first in a series of articles about menopause and in my next post I will outline how exercise helps in all these areas.

Terri Bodell