Fitness and Peri-Menopause
Ensuring a healthy fitness level after 40 is important! Peri-menopause can hinder this goal. Peri-menopause changes for women can begin as early as their 30’s. This happens because hormone production begins to fluctuate in ways that affect more than ovulation! Peri-menopause can affect your commitment to your fitness mid-life.
Peri-menopause is the time in life when ovarian hormone production begins to change. These occur in anticipation of the halt of ovulation. Menopause is the halt of ovulation. The hormone fluctuations can lead to multiple physical symptoms. Primary care providers will often assist women through this season when the symptoms begin to negatively impact the woman’s life.
The symptoms may include fatigue, sleep disturbances from hot flashes and night sweats. Some may experience altered digestion and altered taste. Emotional outbursts, anxiety, depression can also occur. Additionally, skin changes and even acne can occur. This is not an exhaustive list by any means! But to me, the most significant concern is the night sweats. These can lead to disrupted sleep, which then can lead to fatigue. This fatigue can then leads to less interest and ability to do the very life activities that will keep them healthy in midlife. The fatigue from sleep disturbances often makes woman want to skip the gym or exercise. Their fatigue will also affect their resolve to make healthy food choices.
How to Improve Peri-Menopause Symptoms
While peri-menopause is an expected transition for women, getting through the symptoms is not impossible! Consider a visit to your primary care provider because they may offer a medication that could help ease some symptoms. The medications may be a low dose anti-depressant or even a hormone replacement. If you do not want to go the medicine route, then consider making adjustments to your eating plan along with adjustments in your fitness plan. Maintaining a healthy weight can also improve the symptoms.
From experience I have discovered that an eating plan that eliminates excessive processed foods and sugar results in at least 2 fewer night sweat awakenings per night. If you experience 5 night sweats that interrupt sleep, and change to consciously limiting sweets, carbs and alcohol, you may see a decrease to have 3 or fewer.
Ensuring that daily movement and relaxation are a part of your day can also ease this time of transition!
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