Managing menopause with: Exercise

Women who exercise regularly have fewer menopause symptoms. “Maybe it’s because they get all their sweating done in one fell swoop!” Dr. Ferrier jokes. “We really don’t know why, we just know it works.”

Exercise is also one of the most effective ways to protect your heart health. Daily exercise reduces the risk of heart disease in women by 30-50 percent. “Many people who combine daily exercise with dietary improvements have a dramatic reduction in their need for prescription heart medications,” Dr. Hassell says. “Exercise also reduces the risk of osteoporosis, breast cancer, stroke and dementia.”

Walking is as effective as more vigorous exercise. Aim for 30-60 minute walks daily. Even if you don’t lose weight, you’re better off health-wise. “Exercise treats everything on the planet,” Dr. Hassell says.

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