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The Importance of Fitness During Menopause
Fitness is always important for women, but during menopause there are additional reasons to keep active. Exercising during and after menopause has many advantages. If you have been exercising, it is important to continue. Menopause is a great time to start working out if you haven't already been doing so.
What are the benefits of exercising during menopause?
During menopause, women are likely to lose muscle and gain belly fat. Any extra physical activity can assist in preventing unwanted weight gain. Rather you begin exercising or add to your exercise routine, you are lowering your chances of gaining unwanted pounds. Sustaining a healthy weight, by eating properly and exercising, may in turn prevent breast cancer.
Osteoporosis is a concern during and after menopause. In medical terms, the word oste/o means bone and -por means open. The suffix -osis means condition. Therefore, osteoporosis is a condition that causes the bones to become more porous and frail. Exercise can decelerate bone loss, which in turn can lower the chances of getting fractures and osteoporosis.
The risks of obtaining other conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, goes up during and after menopause. Exercising regularly can counteract these dangers.
Working out not only improves physical health, it also enhances the mood. Endorphins are released during physical activity, and they trigger an upbeat feeling to the body. After working out, many people experience an elated, euphoric mood.
How much exercise is recommended?
As recommended by The Department of Health and Human Services, most healthy woman should get either 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of high intensity aerobic exercise each week. They also recommend women do strengthening exercises at least two times a week.
What are examples of different exercises?
It is good to have a variety of exercises to choose from to avoid burnout. All physical activity can lift the mood decrease depression.
The following are some examples of exercises that may be enjoyable:
* Tai chi
* Lifting weights
You have the power to choose your workout and where you want to do it. Purchase an exercise video, mini pedal bike or treadmill if you enjoy working out alone. Other options for exercising alone include swimming laps and walking outdoors.
If you need motivation, try taking a class at your local health club or YMCA. Enrolling in a karate or martial arts class is another way to get an excellent workout.
Allan, David M., Lockyer, Karen D., Buchman, Michelle A. (2008): Medical Language for Modern Health Care. New York: McGraw-Hill
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Rebecca completed courses in Medical Terminology, Administrative Medical Assisting, and Coding and Billing. She is recognized by the National Healthcareer Association as a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA). In addition, Rebecca is a former gymnast and is avid about swimming, jogging, and other athletic activities.
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