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Fitness tips for menopause: Why fitness counts
Regular physical activity is crucial for women facing menopause. The benefits are many, including preventing weight gain, reducing the risk of breast cancer, strengthening bones and boosting your mood. For motivation, set realistic, achievable goals. For example, commit to a daily 30-minute walk after dinner. Team up with someone, such as a partner, friend or neighbor. When you're ready to get started, you have many choices. Consider:
- Aerobic activity. Try brisk walking, jogging, biking, swimming or water aerobics. Any physical activity that uses large muscle groups and increases your heart rate counts.
- Strength training. Regular strength training can help you reduce body fat, strengthen your muscles and more efficiently burn calories. Try weight machines, hand-held weights or resistance tubing.
- Stretching. Stretching can help improve flexibility. Set aside time to stretch after each workout, when your muscles are warm and receptive to stretching.
- Stability and balance. Balance exercises improve stability and can help prevent falls. Try simple exercises, such as sideways walking. Activities such as tai chi also can be helpful.
Remember, you don't have to go to the gym to exercise. Many activities, such as dancing, gardening and other yardwork, also can improve your health. Whatever physical activities you choose, take time to warm up and cool down safely.