It’s week two of my Summer series and I want to talk to you about the importance of exercise during the menopause.
In Winter we don’t always think about exercise or what we look like underneath our clothes, but in the Summer it’s a different story. We all know it can be hard to find the motivation to exercise, BUT it’s very important to build up fitness for our wellbeing.
You don't need to go to the gym
The good news is there are many different ways you can exercise that doesn’t involve going to the gym or to a class, although they are of course both very good forms of exercise. For example, there are lots of classes on YouTube to follow which mean you can do exercise from your home. Try putting on your favourite music and stretching and dancing so you get your heart rate going.
Exercise is very good for you as gets your metabolism ticking over faster and burns fat. Accelerating our metabolism during midlife is important as it burns the fat to accumulates around our middle, which is sometimes hard to shift.
If you are not used to exercising then why not begin with five minutes a day for the first week and gradually increase the time you spend exercising over a few weeks. Make sure you do exercise that you really enjoy so you are more likely to stick at it. Often diarising exercise by making it a commitment in your calendar can help you stay on track. Also, find a time that works best for you and make it part of your routine or perhaps find someone who also wants to exercise, so that you can motivate each other and stick to it.
Whatever exercise you do you should see results within a month or two and notice you are losing weight. You will also start to feel much better in all areas of your life as exercise also improves self-esteem and mood.