Can Exercise Help Reduce Menopause Symptoms?

Can Exercise Help Reduce Menopause Symptoms?

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Exercise does help many women manage the symptoms of perimenopause (the transitional years leading up to menopause, which is the cessation of periods for one year). Exercise is scientifically well-documented to be a stress-reliever, to support improved sleep quality and to have a positive effect on mood – all three which can be behavioral symptoms of perimenopause. As estrogen levels decline, and with them their heart-healthy benefits, exercise also adds a significant boost to continuing cardiovascular health.

The key is to exercise regularly – with a daily walk of 30 minutes being the minimum daily activity. It’s also important to choose an activity you enjoy, so you’ll stick with it. And always check with your doctor for medical clearance before changing your current exercise pattern.
 

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