Good news! You don't have to do an extreme boot camp.
With the changes of menopause, the cravings, the stubborn fat, you-know-the-rest-of-the-story, you would assume that the only serious solution is “get thee on a treadmill and FAST.”
Women assume that they have to join a gym and work out 5 days a week in order to see any results. And let’s face it, who but the most motivated of us will actually follow through on that?
Hear ye, hear ye, meno-gals: Even a brisk walk once in a while will do you a LOT of good.
Research shows that a moderate exercise activity such as walking or tennis reduces women’s stroke risk by up to 20%. If I knew that playing tennis was going to help lower my stroke risk, I would have sucked it up and put on those short tennis skirts years ago.
Menopausal women taking hormone replacement therapy have a 30% higher stroke risk, so adding in this exercise will help cancel out that risk.
This article from Science Daily sums up the findings:
Postmenopausal women taking menopausal hormone therapy had more than a 30 percent higher risk of stroke than women who never used menopausal hormone therapy. After the women stopped taking hormones, their risk began to diminish.
“The effects of physical activity and hormone therapy appear immediate and the benefits of physical activity are consistent in premenopausal and postmenopausal women,” Wang said. Therefore, Wang recommends that women incorporate some type of physical activity into their daily routine. “You don’t have to do an extreme boot camp. The types of activities we’re talking about are accessible to most of the population.” Power walking and recreational tennis, for example, do not necessarily require special memberships to gyms.
When it comes to exercise, we all know we have to “just do it”. But instead of setting yourself an impossible goal, aim the bar a little bit lower and know that you are still getting lots of benefits.
Make it a priority to go for a walk every day. Get a dog so that you’ll have to walk him or he’ll poop in the house. Grab your partner, a friend or even your kid and take an evening walk to catch up on the day. Not only will you feel healthier and have more energy, but you’ll be reducing your health risks at the same time. That’s what I call a win-win.