Exercise and menopauseClients going through menopause can learn easy exercise programs that are focused and achievable.

During menopause, women experience a hormonal shift that can alter their quality of life and change their perception about their body.

It’s more than noticing wrinkles appearing on our face or grey hair peeking through our scalp, hot flashes that keep us up at night or a ballooned tummy that once might have been flat. It can also affect our mental state as we see the changes occur usually anytime between our mid-forties to mid-fifties.

Szymona-Patkowska et al. states that “body image encompasses our beliefs about our own appearance (actual self), desired appearance (ideal self), and what the body should look like (ought self)”. It just means that our body image, which women feel is of great importance, is how we see ourselves and how we feel about what we see. The desire to be thinner can equate with distorted thinking until the time comes that post-menopausal women put less emphasis on their appearance and more value on their health and ability.

Even if women fall under the “normal” weight category prior to menopause, they can struggle with getting back to their “younger selves”. Society still affects our attitude about ourselves and our appearance. This leads to poor body image, putting us under pressure to be thin because it’s perceived as “in”. Shift the goal from measuring weight loss and appearance, which is bound to change with the right exercise, to capability–if you have the right intervention.

We have specific exercise programs for menopausal and post-menopausal women geared toward health, weight loss and body firming to get you started if you want to make that shift. We can also help you if you suffer from arthritis, are looking to experience less pain, have a neurological condition, such as Parkinson’s disease, or just need a program to improve your confidence along with improving your balance, breathing, flexibility and strength. You can call 818-620-1442 or contact me. I will respond within 24 hours. You can also follow us on Facebook, or LinkedIn for important research and fitness updates.

Sources:
American College of Sports Medicine, Durstine JL, Moore GE, Paineer PL, Roberts SO. Champaign, IL Human Kinetics: 2009
American Academy of Neurology’s Neurology Journal Patient Pages 2020

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