As women approach the age of “change” and they feel differences from one week to the next with their body, there’s often concern that something isn’t right and poor health may be on the horizon.
If women understand that after the age of 40, right through to their late 60’s and mid 70’s, the body undergoes constant hormonal change, and with that change comes not only menopause – peri or post, but possible cognitive decline, the threat of osteoporosis, loss of muscle which results in loss of strength, weight gain particularly around the tummy, a change to emotion and moods, and a rapid zapping of energy levels.
All this however, can be combatted with a daily dose of realistic, enjoyable exercise.
There are reasons why exercise is prescribed to people who suffer with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues, and it’s because exercise stimulates chemicals that improve your mood and the parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning but further, studies show that elevating your heart rate through exercise enhances your ability to grow new brain cells, which I’m sure you will agree is super important.
Simple physical exercise such as cleaning out cupboards, washing the car, walking around the block, or if not able bodied – self pushing a wheelchair, are all excellent ways to circulate nutrient-rich blood efficiently throughout your body and to your brain, which will keep your blood vessels healthy.
Your brain needs oxygen, and exercise is one of the key ways to deliver this vital nutrient.
INCREASE YOUR BONE DENSITY
Your body naturally replaces your bone as you age, but from around the age of 50, with hormonal change, comes the possibility that your bones will break down a little faster than your body can produce it and this is how osteoporosis is developed.
Adding strength / resistance training and cardiovascular activity into your week, will greatly prevent bone breakdown and the possible onset or osteoporosis.
SCULPT AND STRENGTHEN MUSCLES
Did you know that from around the age of 30, your body naturally loses approximately 5% of muscle mass every 10 years. That may not sound like much but by the time you are in your 70’s, one quarter of your muscles will have depleted if not maintained through physical activity and strength training. This is often seen in older people whose skin appears to be worn like a loose blanket over their skeletal frame.
What’s more, your metabolism naturally slows from around the age of 50 therefore, storing excess body fat, particularly around the tummy, is very common.
Boost muscle and boost your ability to burn fat.
AVOID EMOTIONAL HIJACKING
Declining oestrogen levels may result in mood swings and an emotional imbalance from the time of peri-menopause onward.
Any form of exercise will improve your emotions, even if it’s for just 10 minutes. Breathing deeper and bringing oxygen to your brain, along with pumping blood through your veins and into your muscles, results in feel good hormones being released in your body.
Exercise is a natural form of medication. A dose we should take every day.
AN ABUNDANCE OF ENERGY
With everything women need to juggle in life, exercise can easily be put to the end of the list of things to do each day. What you may not realise though, is taking part in between 10 to 30 minutes of movement each day will feed your body with enough hormones and oxygen to zap fatigue, improve sleep, sharpen memory, and build self confidence.