By: Guest Author
Published: November 13, 2019
Written by Mia Johnson- Guest Contributor
Hitting menopause is like going through second puberty; you just never know what to expect. Some women have it easy with the symptoms barely felt but for others, this period of life is unbearable at times. Mood swings and hot flashes start filling out their days to the point that they can no longer handle them and have to resort to drugs to alleviate the symptoms. Before you turn to the pharmaceutical industry for help, it is worth giving sports activities a chance.
Meditating in yoga classes
You have probably heard about yoga and perhaps went to a class or two but you should really start visiting your local yoga studio regularly. The essence of yoga involves breathing exercises coupled with mediation, which is the ideal combo to calm your nerves down. On the other hand, supported and restorative yoga poses offer relief to the muscles which become stiff and achy during menopause. In general, expect yoga to alleviate the symptoms of menopause such as irritability, hot flashes, and chronic fatigue.
Cleaning the house like never before
Few people look forward to cleaning the house, let alone the backyard. However, you can take advantage of house chores to convert them into a nice training session. Don’t procrastinate dusting the shelves but switch to fifth gear and set a time limit, testing your hose cleaning skills. Besides having fun, you’ll also benefit from a good cardio workout, as cleaning is essentially an aerobic activity.
In addition, vigorous gardening will work your quads, glutes, and build core muscles like few other activities available in the gym. Let youngsters deadlift and break their bag while you glide through the house with a duster in your hand and your favorite music on.
Taking up dancing
Speaking of music and dancing, you have the possibility to take things to the next level. Enroll in a dance class and learn how to dance to jazz music, Latino music, or learn salsa. Dancing will help you maintain the tonus of your muscles and keep your whole body flexible. You will benefit from improved mobility as your feet will become lighter.
Finally, dance classes have a social aspect to them, as you will get a chance to meet new people of all ages. Who knows, you might find a girlfriend there going through menopause as well so you two can share your woes and act as mental support for each other.
Now, we have mentioned how dancing and dusting (even simultaneously) can be fun but you first need to make sure you are safe. At this age, the musculature is more likely to give way and you can end up with a broken bone or a sprained muscle if you push too hard. For instance, if you take up a combat sport instead of dancing, then look for sport dental mouth guards to wear. These will alleviate pain and help protect your teeth from a direct impact. In addition, get some pads for extremities and a padded helmet for the head and neck area. Remember, you can never be too safe.
A recent study has shown that any amount of running has the capacity to reduce the risk of premature death. People have been running for millennia and there is no reason not to continue this tradition. This sports activity is free to embark on as all you need is a pair of good running shoes and a dirt path through the local park. Like dancing, you can take up running with a friend so you will never get bored and enjoy some company. A light run-out several times a week might just be the thing you need to get you through menopause.
Just because you’re entering menopause it doesn’t mean that you should cease all physical activity. In fact, sports activities like swimming or dancing are actually good for alleviating most of the symptoms associated with menopause.
Mia Johnson is a writer with a ten-year-long career in journalism. She has written extensively about health, fitness, and lifestyle. A native to Melbourne, she now lives in Sydney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden.
The views expressed herein this article, written by a guest contributor, do not necessarily represent those of the Red Hot Mamas organization. The content is for informational purposes and should not substitute the advice of your doctor.