I’m not going to lie…I’m petrified of hitting menopause!
I spend a large part of my week in The Gymhouse, a big part of my role along with physically helping someone get fitter is helping them to feel better about themselves. Part of this includes listening…
Now a big handful of people who come in are women between the ages of 40 and 60, all of whom have suffered with a variety of different symptoms of menopause!
We don’t always link the symptoms to menopause but I have been researching extensively…so I can help people to fight to stay on top of their game, fit and healthy.
I have heard so many different symptoms relating to menopause…
Lack of sleep
No sex drive
Dry and sore in the lady bits
Sore joints and muscles
They just keep coming…but we can do things to help!
Did you know that Oestrogen levels drop around the time of menopause, resulting in increased bone loss. If your peak bone mass before menopause is less than ideal, any bone loss that occurs around menopause may result in osteoporosis.
LADIES PICK UP THOSE WEIGHTS!
Strength training has never been more important! Do it or loose it!
Make sure you’re getting lots of vitamin D and a high calcium diet to help!
If you have been feeling depressed or have simply been feeling down lately, exercise can really help lift your mood.
Physical activity can improve symptoms of depression, reduce stress levels, and support both your mental and physical health.
But when you’re depressed, it can be hard to get moving. Menopause can make you feel low in energy and motivation, make everything a bit harder, but this is where we fight for it. We support each other, group fitness banter and getting it out in The Gymhouse. You won’t feel worse…You’ll always leave feeling achieved and a little more focused.
Get to the doctors and get some hormone replacements.
During menopause, your body goes through major hormonal changes, decreasing the amount of hormones it makes, particularly estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen and progesterone are produced by the ovaries. When your ovaries no longer make enough estrogen and progesterone, hormone therapy can be used as a supplement. Anyone who I have seen walk through the doors of The Gymhouse after taking supplements have seen massive changes (after finding the right balance)
In menopause, skin quickly loses collagen. Studies show that women's skin loses about 30% of its collagen during the first five years of menopause. After that, the decline is more gradual. Women lose about 2% of their collagen ever year for the next 20 years.
Take collagen ladies…it can’t do any harm and it will make you feel good. Joints/hair/nails/skin. Try it.
Exercise will only help you to sleep…nothing is worse than an awful nights sleep. Every thing is harder….especially if I don’t train!
Studies have found that regular aerobic exercise for prolonged periods can improve sleep quality and reduce excessive daytime sleepiness for people with insomnia. Research also shows moderate-intensity aerobic activities can decrease the severity of sleep-disordered breathing conditions like obstructive sleep apnea. So get booking onto those classes and PT girls!
So much information…so girls this needs more discussion. I am holding the first Gymhouse girly meet up here at The Gymhouse on Wednesday 7th September. You don’t have to be going through the Menopause to come…this is to just chat, laugh and get together with The Gymhouse girls without sweating our asses off! Let me know if you’re in 🥰 much love 🥰