How much exercise do I have to do to improve my symptoms?
Walking just 30 minutes daily can make a big difference in reducing symptoms, such as anxiety and mood swings. "When you exercise, your body releases stimulating chemicals in the brain that promote relaxation and enhance your sense of well-being," says Lori Gemma, DO, a family medicine physician affiliated with South Pointe Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital. Don't like walking? Any type of cardio exercise will do; just be sure to pick an activity you enjoy, that you can do for 30 minutes and will do at least four or five times per week. Regular physical activity will also help manage or prevent physical health issues that become more prevalent once estrogen levels drop, such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.