Menopause Separating Fact from Fiction

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Menopause Separating Fact from FictionOne thing I don’t write about that often is the reality of menopause and how it really affects women. With a blog name like Menopausal New Mom, every now and then I need to include information on the real deal with Menopause.

Oh sure, we’ve all heard about hot flashes, night sweats and the celebration of no more monthly cycles but the reality of menopause from one woman to another is as diverse as one pregnancy to another. Some women sail through menopause like it’s no big deal. Just a few hot flashes, a few extra pounds around the middle and it’s back to business as usual.

But for some, menopause can be debilitating. The hot flashes can be so frequent and so uncomfortable, the only relief comes in the form of hormone replacement. I fall into that category (along with the extra pounds around the middle) but I also suffered from terrible mood swings. Luckily for me, the hormone replacement took care of most of my symptoms and menopause has been clear sailing since.

Then there are those who have such severe symptoms before, during and after menopause, they don’t know where to turn. Let’s face it, discussing menopause over coffee has not been at the top of the list of what women talk about. Is it embarrassment? Is it denial? Is admitting we are struggling with menopause confirmation of weakness? Is a society so obsessed with age at the root of why we don’t want to admit even to our closest friends we are menopausal?

Whatever the reason or excuse, women need to be informed. We now live during a time where the average woman will spend nearly 50% of her entire life “post menopausal”. Times are changing and so are the ways we address menopause.

Let’s start the discussion, be honest and when we feel overwhelmed, let’s remember treatment can be as close as a “click”away!

Menopause; Exercise is Key to help diminish symptoms and boost self-esteem

As women enter menopause, regular exercise can help diminish symptoms and boost self-esteem. Here are some tips for incorporating a fitness routine into your schedule.

There comes a point in every woman’s reproductive life when her levels of estrogen begin to decrease and, as a result, her monthly periods diminish and finally end. This transition is known as menopause. Each woman’s body deals with these changes differently, some suffering severe symptoms; others breezing through this period of their lives with ease. As concerns arise over using hormone replacement therapies, many women overlook one of the best ways to help ease these symptoms and that is, exercise.

Menopause concerns: Fitness and exercise tips for menopausal women

Exercise is important at any stage of a woman’s life, but becomes increasingly more so as women age. Certainly, the risks of heart disease and osteoporosis increase and these hormonal shifts can cause a shifting in body fat and weight gain. Sex drive diminishes and some women suffer from depression or severe mood swings. Many women suffer from hot flashes, which signal a drop in the estrogen level. These can be debilitating. Some also have trouble sleeping, often as a direct result of the hot flashes. Regular exercise has been found to help in all these areas and can also help maintain muscle mass and condition the cardiovascular system, reducing body fat.

For women who have already incorporated a regular fitness program into their daily lives, moving into menopause should not significantly alter their activities. Care should be taken that proper footwear is worn for weight bearing exercises such as walking, running or weight training and adjustments may have to be made for exercising in extreme heat or cold. There are plenty of options in exercise clothing designed for keeping cool or maintaining body heat. Generally, the advice that doctors offer is to listen to your body and not to overwork or go beyond your level of fitness. With some minor adjustments, active women can remain so as they move through this period of their lives.

But what about the woman who has never exercised or exercises sporadically? How should she proceed? First of all, no one should start a fitness program without first checking with her physician. A physical assessment should be made and a fitness program can be designed based on the woman’s general health. Factors such as high blood pressure, heart health and bone and joint fitness must be considered.

Assuming no significant health problems are revealed and your doctor gives you the okay, it’s time to take a look at some of the options available. Finding activities that you enjoy and that, at the same time you can take a look at some of the options available. An exercise program does not have to be complex or expensive, only consistent. It can be as simple as taking a daily walk around the block. The main thing is to be consistent. Here are some ideas for incorporating exercise into your life.

Walking

This is the simplest, least expensive and more accessible exercise available. It can be accomplished outside in good weather and inside, in a mall or gym, when the weather turns colder. It is a weight bearing exercise and as such, helps in the maintenance of bone density, an important factor as women enter the age where osteoporosis becomes a real concern. Walking is possibly the most appropriate exercise for these circumstances. It is weight bearing, so will help maintain bone density and, since it is also aerobic, walking can aid in weight reduction. Even the cardiovascular system benefits from a brisk, half-hour walk. Finally, walking tones leg muscles and helps to firm the gluteus maximus! Pop a fitness songs into your mp3 player (128 bpm minimum) and get moving!

Aquatic Exercise

When considering forms of exercise, many women overlook the benefits of exercising in the water. Whether you swim water-walk or participate in a water aerobics class, exercising in the water offers a myriad of bonuses. Water provides an additional force of resistance and when you move your muscles through the water, there is a dual effect in pushing up and pushing down in the water. Land exercise does not offer this very positive benefit. Aquatic exercise is easier on older joints since there is little or no impact involved. Additionally, the water helps keep your body cool and can be particularly soothing for a woman suffering from hot flashes.

Working out with hand buoys in the water builds upper body strength and tones muscles and can be done with special equipment purchased online or by simply using gallon milk containers. You can work out in a lake, pond, pool or ocean and you will most likely not be alone. People are really beginning to appreciate water exercise.

Yoga

More and more menopausal women are discovering how helpful the practice of yoga can be during this period of their lives. Yoga, which combines meditation and stretching exercise, works both the body and the mind. There is also evidence that yoga helps to balance the endocrine system and this can help relieve the symptoms of menopause. The stretching helps develop core strength as well as balance. And, there are many poses that are said to help in elevating hot flashes and other unpleasant symptoms.

Additionally, yoga is known to improve posture and breathing as well as to bring a sense of peace and balance.

Cycling

Not only is riding a bicycle great exercise but also fun! Try renting a bike at a local park or riding a stationary bike at the health club. Ride with your kids or grandchildren. It’s a great way to travel and workout at the same time. If you are a novice, consider renting a bike at a local park and ride for a half-hour or so the first time out. Riding works leg muscles unlike any other form of exercise and is also excellent for the glutes.

Dancing

Richard Simmons has made a living by incorporating dance and exercise and it is as simple as popping an upbeat CD into your player and moving to the beat. Whatever your preference, there is certainly something that will get you going. There are a variety of mixed, fitness CDs on the market with a steady bpm (beats per minute) and seamless format that will keep you moving. Combine kicks, knee lifts, lunges, and other simple calisthenics into your routine. It doesn’t have to be pretty!

Try incorporating a little upper body workout with your dance steps. Pick up a pair of light (five pounds or under) hand weights and work the arms at the same time. Make it freestyle and fun.

For many women, menopause signals the beginning of a new phase of their lives. With their children grown and gone, there is finally time to explore new opportunities and experiences. Incorporating an exercise plan into your daily routine is a reward that a woman can give herself, ensuring continuing health and physical well-being.

Working from home has many Advantages

Working from home has many advantages to:
-quality of life
-financial life
-career
-social life
– family
-parenting
-health and fitness
-purpose
-life vision
-love life
Why does working from home effect all the categories of your life. Simply said control you at in control of your time, day, environment and mind set.

Think about it from sunrise to sunset to get to “decide” how to design your day. This is absolutely the BEST way to live your life: by design.

You can choose what part of your “home” is your “work space”
You choose to decide how much time you put into managing your financial life You chose your career and “work from home” by design You decide who what and where your social life comes from – no office politics to contend with Family time is designed in your day week and month As a parent you are “present” in your children / pets /parents lives especially when they want or need you …
Your healthy life space and decision what time to design your exercise in to your day, week and month.

The ability to “design” your life is amazing. It does take conscious thinking, planning, schilling and organization – ask yourself is it worth it?

Or is it easier to sit in traffic for and hour or two or three a day or week and have others tell you what your life will be and help others achieve their dreams.

Working from home provides a lot of the pieces needed to live an extraordinary life because it is your life to design!

Some facts you should know:
– 45 work minutes a day five days a week qualifies you as a home based business in the United States
– As the U S government increases taxes they are decreasing taxes on work from home -businesses
– American Express released a study in 2013 that 500 woman a day are starting home based businesses.
– 82% of woman in the US that earn a six figure income from the home based businesses in network marketing

“you pay to play in life – you pay for the mistakes or the coach”

My intention is to provide you with knowledge and skill to become or continue to be a home based business professional!