Exercise improves women’s quality of life and helps alleviate the symptoms of menopause. That’s the finding of a newly published study, which backs up the idea that working out can be a wonderful benefit to women in balancing their hormones. There are other reasons why an effective fitness regime can be positive for menopausal women, whatever symptoms and level of discomfort each individual woman is dealing with.
A Finnish study conducted by a health promotion institute surveyed 2606 women who were all aged 49 at the time of the study. Out of this group, 28% were menstruating regularly, 31% were in the perimenopausal stage and 23% had not had any menstruation in the past year. The remaining 18% of women were involved with hormone replacement therapy.
The women were asked about quality of life and how they perceived their own health. They were asked about their body mass index and classified as physically active or not. The research determined being physically active as moderately exercising for two and a half hours a week with some strength or balance training a couple of times a week too. Out of the group, 51% of women met this criteria.
Anxiety levels were higher and feelings of depression more prevalent in the less-active women. They also reported greater memory and concentration problems and more hot flashes, a common menopause symptom. The more active women had perceived themselves to be healthier than the less-active women did, with a greater quality of life.
As well as potentially relieving some menopause symptoms, exercise can help relieve stress, which all feeds into making this often physically and mentally challenging transition in a woman’s life potentially far easier to deal with. There are other gains too:
Fitness is beneficial for women of all ages, so now is the time and age to get in shape. We are waiting for your call if you are not already working out with us.