When you’re in menopause, it seems like everything you eat shows up on your hips. You may think you’re doing everything right, but the scale just won’t budge.
You definitely need to practice portion control, but it’s important to have an exercise program in place. Exercise not only makes your body look better, it’s also a great way to improve a cranky mood.
I found out the hard way that some exercises are no longer appropriate at middle age and beyond. One exercise that appealed to me and involved some friendly competition, was playing racquetball at the gym. How hard could it be? You stand in your court and hit the ball back to your opponent.
I was having fun and jumped up to return a serve and felt a pop in my knee. A visit to the orthopedist confirmed that I had strained my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Her advice was to knock off acting like I was thirty-something and stick with low-impact exercise.
Here are three low-impact exercises for women in menopause:
Walking is one of those exercises that is not only good for you, but it can also put you in a positive frame of mind. It’s an ideal time to talk to your Higher Power, and plan your day. You don’t have to dress up, and there is always somewhere to exercise.
If you’re just starting an exercise program, aim for ten minutes a day and then gradually increase your time. If you don’t like to exercise alone, recruit a friend or join a walking club.
When you swim, you increase the capacity of your heart to take in more oxygen, which relieves stress. Water takes pressure off of aching joints, and works as resistance to your core, arms, and legs. If you use a front stroke, your chest muscles and back receive a nice workout.
Who says that exercise has to be dull and boring? Dancing allows you to socialize with people you know and make new friends. You may prefer something slow like ballroom dancing or kick it in to high gear with some square dancing.
Dancing can help prevent osteoporosis by keeping the bones strong, and the joints lubricated. Dancing raises endorphin levels, and helps combat stress and depression.
Exercise makes you feel better, look better, and you can have fun at the same time. Start an exercise program today and start reaping the benefits of good health.