As we've just passed Women's Health Week we thought we'd discuss the importance of exercising for women, particularly during menopause.
In an investigation completed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) in 2018, it was found that for females over the age of 45yrs:
- Approximately 60% are not sufficiently active.
- 80% do not meet the minimum requirement of performing strength training on 2 days per week.
- Only 15% are both sufficiently active and perform strength training twice per week
These statistics are quite alarming especially because of the hormonal changes that occur during this period. We often see:
- An increase in waist circumference and weight which increases cardiovascular disease risk.
- A reduction in bone mineral density which increases risk of osteoporosis
- Higher levels of depression and anxiety
Exercise is a key factor in reducing the impact of these changes. With regular cardiovascular and strength training we see:
- Better management of weight
- Improved bone mineral density (or at least a slower decline than if we aren't exercising)
- Improved mood, energy and depression/anxiety symptoms.
If you are finding that you are not motivated to exercise seeking help from a health professional is the right path to take. Emily our Exercise Physiologist is definitely the person to get in contact with if you need some guidance.
Written by Emily Holzberger
B. ExSS Majoring in Clinical ExPhys