Menopause is a natural cessation to the women’s menstrual cycle. It mostly occurs at the age of 45 or above and is a cause of mood swings as well as weariness.
It is often observed that women who are struck by their menopause become very lazy. In a recent research, it is revealed that women must not sit idle and must start exercising. The study suggests that ladies should jog, join gym or even start swimming, instead of not doing anything. It will lessen the severe effects menopause can have on the body.
The research was carried out on 1000 women. The women were told to work out for 30 minutes, at least three times a week. These women were noticed to have complained about joint pains and even had less hot flashes as compared to the control group. They didn’t even face difficulty in sleeping and were fresh and active, thus overall healthier than the others.
Before this, a British study emphasized on middle aged women’s active routine. It was carried out by the John Moores University in Liverpool. The research explained how important it is for women to stay active, as all those who went to the gym suffered less hot flashes. The researchers compared the gym-going women with those who stayed at home most of the time.
Exercise Could Help Menopause Treatment
Hot flashes – or hot flushes – form the most irritating symptom of menopause. This is the sudden redness of the face due to heat and may be accompanied by sweating. This symptom is very disturbing and often causes women to stay up all night long. It also tends to affect energy level and can last from some seconds to an hour. It is a visible symptoms and is there a very embarrassing situation for most women, who avoid talking about it.
Doctor Helen Jones, one of the researchers, said, “The outcomes of working out were incredible. It can be the best and natural way of treating hormone replacement therapy.”
Exercise is considered as an effective technique in dealing with the heat exerted from the body. The heat exerted is because of hormonal changes within the body and exercising, by releasing endorphins. These interact with the brain to reduce its perception of pain and discomfort, and are known for triggering positive feelings. Thus, exercising cannot only help deal with mood swings and difficult temperament during menopause but can also reduce the risks of stroke, cancer, etc.
Doctor JoAnn Pinkerton from North American menopause society mentioned that women can avoid – or at least reduce the risks of – all sorts of diseases like breast cancer, colon cancer, heart attack, depression, dementia, etc. with the help of regular exercising. It can also boost their immune system. Moreover, it is said that if a woman walks an hour per day, there are less chances of her getting fat by almost 24%.
British women get menopause around the age of 51 and have to bear the pain of its symptoms for at least 14 years. On average, it takes a woman’s body 7 to 8 years to adjust to menopause.
The first chief medical officer of UK, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has urged employers to recognize menopause. She said they need to provide women with a healthy environment and must ensure that they feel safe enough to talk to their bosses about their condition, since it can directly affect their work performance.
She said employers must get training on how to deal with their female staff’s health, since it is economically better for middle-aged to keep working – All that is needed is better and more focused health management.
A warning from the government has also been issued to all those employers who were found firing female workers aged 50 and above, and ignoring their menopause-related health issues.