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During menopause, what kind of exercise will help with weight loss?

Great question... According to the Mayo Clinic and other peer reviewed research, menopausal women tend to exercise less than other women. Weight gain tends to start in perimenopausal women as well as during and postmenopausal. This is due to hormonal changes that contribute to weight gain primarily in the abdominal area. Short-term research has shown that moderate aerobic exercise like cycling or brisk walking and light to moderate resistance training using elastic tubes or therabands on large muscle groups (legs, gluteals, and back) show positive effects on overall health. Reducing your caloric intake by 200 or more calories a day, and seek support from friends, family and/or a professional like a personal trainer to keep you on track and motivated. To be more specific, training three (3) days a week-- you can try a 45-60 minute spin class or just a bike ride in the park. A brisk walk. Exercise your legs & glutes  using elastic bands by doing squats and your upper/lower back with standing or seated rows. Exercise your your chest by performing standing chest press or push-ups, biceps curls, overhead shoulder press, and triceps extensions. I hope this helps and have fun!

Menopause isn't created equal and women have different experiences while going through this part of life.  Remember, it's not a disease is't a natural phase of life and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Some women will experience problems with weight control but there is good news.  Daily activity and good eating habits will help ward off any wieight gain. 

  • Participate in some type of cardio 30-40 minutes a day. 
  • Weight train 3 days a week to increase muscle mass, which then increases metabolism.
  • Join a fitness class for variety and to challange your body to work harder.
  • Most of all, be consistant.  Exercising one day a week will not help you to reach a weight loss goal. 

Daily activity coupled with good eating habits is good for the mind, body and soul.

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