11 Things Every Woman Needs to Know About Exercising During and After Menopause
Whether you already exercise regularly or you plan to begin a new fitness regimen soon, as a woman experiencing menopause you’re likely wondering how, if at all, physical activity might affect your body.
The good news is, while menopause does spur many (sometimes drastic) changes within the body, exercise is one of the best ways to help keep your physical and emotional well-being intact as you transition through it. When it comes to addressing menopause, no matter what approach you take it's important to consult your health care provider, and especially if you plan to begin a new exercise routine.
“It's important for women to gather lots of information, openly discuss their concerns with their health care provider, and develop a plan to take charge of their menopause, before it takes charge of them,” said Karen Giblin, founder and CEO of Red Hot Mamas North America, the largest menopause education program in the US and Canada.
The fact that you’re reading this right now means you’re already headed in the right direction. To find out what every woman should consider about exercising during and after menopause, we consulted several experts. Here’s what they said you need to know.