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Talking about the menopause: symptoms, support and the role of exercise
Talking about the menopause: symptoms, support and the role of exercise

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7 Summary of Session 4

In Session 4 you have explored the importance of exercise for many aspects of health and fitness that are impacted by falling levels of the hormones oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Loss of bone density and muscle mass can have devastating effects on strength and the ability to perform daily functions. The impact on the heart and circulation system can increase the risk of heart disease so exercising to lower blood pressure and keep the heart healthy is vital. Even the nervous system is affected as it is linked to the muscular system and performing balance training is important to keep the nervous system sharp so the risk of falling is minimised.

There is so much professional help available for people who want to exercise during their menopause, from fitness trainers and personal trainers to dance classes and yoga sessions. Finding enjoyable exercise sessions can help people through this period and add some quality to their lives.

In this session, you considered:

  1. the significant benefits of exercise during menopause
  2. the principles of the NEAT approach to exercise
  3. how to select the best type of exercise for you
  4. which types of exercise are important during the menopause.