Women who are in the menopausal stage need to exercise. It helps them fight against aging, dementia, heart disease, hot flashes, stress, excess body fat, depression and diabetes. Not only that it lessens the occurrence of diseases, it also improves the quality of sleep and sex, also protects bones and joints. In fact, some studies tell us exercise takes 10 years off our chronological age.
However, some menopausal people do not like to exercise since they believe in myths.
Myth #1. There’s Not Enough Time In The Day
It is a fact that people for all walks of life are busy with their own lives. It is important to spend time to get our body in shape. Include it on your schedule. It can be in the morning or evening, as long it works for you. It is the right time for you to exercise.
Myth #2. Exercise Is Boring
Exercise cannot do wonders to your body if you are not going to do it for a long time. The only way that you can do it for a long time is to enjoy it. Exercising always in the gym is not fun at all. We should exercise outside, as well. Take some time to jog outside too. You should be doing it with your friends so that you will have someone to talk to when you run outside.
Myth #3. Exercise Is Exhausting
Exercise is really exhausting, but the longer that we are doing it, the better we get doing it. Exhaustion only prepares our body to be stronger.
Myth #4. Exercise Will Hurt Stiff Or Achy Joints
Of course, you need to do some stretching first before engaging yourself in any kind of exercises. Most people do not do stretching, and is the reason why they felt that their joints were aching after exercise routine. Studies with arthritic populations find that one hour of low impact exercise, twice per week, reduced pain and fatigue, and improved joint function. Not using your joint often will result to a stiff and achy joint.
Myth #5. Walking Is All You Ever Need To Do
Walking provides some benefit to our body, but it can not exercise all our muscles. Try to include some strength training in your activity and you will notice that your strength will also improve. You need to challenge yourself to improve our fitness level.
Myth #6. You Have To Wear Special Clothes And Sweat
Special clothing only needed if we are competing sports or practicing martial arts. In doing exercises, all we need is just a comfortable clothing so that we could move freely.
Myth #7. It’s Difficult To Get And Stay Motivated
Most women only start with their exercise when they feel something wrong in their body. Though, it is advisable to exercise when we have illness, but it tends to get better if we do these activities before getting sick. Activities like golf, tennis, hiking, dancing, yoga, pilates, and biking give you an opportunity to spend time with friends and have fun. Always try to have fun on anything that you are doing.
When a woman faces menopausal stage, they need to have an active lifestyle just like the rest of the world. They need to find what works for them and keep at it. Exercise is the best prescription ever for women who faces menopausal stage.