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Can exercise help in dealing with hot flashes?

Though you may think you're hot and sweaty enough without the help of a treadmill, exercise may help dial down menopausal hot flashes. "Some women will find that physical activity and weight loss (if you're overweight) can be helpful," says JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH, chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. It's also one of the best stress busters out there. Even if they don't help with hot flashes, brisk walks and other physical activities can help reduce the emotional symptoms of menopause, like anxiety and depression, plus offer other health benefits, such as protecting against heart disease and bone loss. Strive for 30 minutes of moderate active or more each day.

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