New research suggests daily exercise could be the best way way to combat distressing symptoms of the menopause
Laura Donnelly, Health Editor of The Telegraph in the UK, writes that hot flushes (flushes in the UK, flashes in the US) can be among the most distressing symptoms of menopause. No surprises there ladies!
Women should be issued with a button “in times of stress, release chocolate”!
The problem with most typical “comfort” foods that we turn to in times of stress is that the gratification is often short term, leaving us weighing heavier and feeling bad about ourselves and more stressed than when we started.
Apart from many hormonal consequences from increased cortisol levels that come with chronic levels of stress (and that’s most of us!), one of the most common is increased food cravings and those cravings tend to be for sweet foods. However, the more sweet foods we eat, the worse our mood tends to get.
It’s a vicious cycle.
The weather forecast is for blizzard conditions and severe cold in the southern hemisphere and heat wave conditions in the northern hemisphere.
The very strong temptation with weather extremes is that we put our health and fitness goals on hold, waiting for the “perfect” time.
Want to strengthen your core and back and get a toned stomach? Forget crunches and sit-ups! They not only won’t get you the results you’re after, you’re quite likely to hurt your back and damage your spine.
We want to build a strong core – that’s all the muscles, not just your “six pack” muscles (rectus abdominis) and we want all those core muscles to work together to stabilise the spine and provide strength and stability as the body moves and rotates around it.
We need to exercise the important core muscles that wrap around the torso, lie alongside the spine, and to the sides of the core. And that’s what you’ll get with this ab finisher – a smarter way to train your abs as part of a full body workout.
Looking and feeling your best can come down to something as simple as a good nights sleep.
But if you struggle to sleep through the night, you’ll know it’s not necessarily easy.
A good balance of stress management, exercise and healthy eating (this guide will help you) will assist with good sleep and recovery. Getting quality zzzzz’s makes for a happy, healthy you.
Get off the treadmill and elliptical and try this fat burning, full body cardio workout. You’ll work all major muscle groups and get a heart pumping workout regardless of your fitness level. Modify movements to reduce impact if necessary, you’ll see those modifications in the video.
This is a fun cardio workout that’s suitable for all levels of fitness.
With only 30 seconds of work immediately followed by a 30 second rest there’s plenty of opportunity for recovery. The rest periods are designed to allow you to quickly recover and then go hard in the next interval. If you’re finding that you just don’t need the 30 second rest – well, you need to work harder!
Remember seeing this image recently splashed across social media and the global news?
Critics claimed that this fitness mum allegedly “fat shamed” other women for not having 6 pack abs.
Whether you agree – or in fact found these photos motivating – I believe that most of us limit ourselves in our belief about what we can really achieve.
How’s your balance?
Has it changed in the last few years? Are you a little less stable in some movements and a bit more careful when walking down stairs or in other activities?
The ability for your body to automatically adjust movement to it’s surroundings, decreases with age as those helpful sensory perceptions like sight and hearing start to lessen in efficiency.
When all these systems including your sense of spatial awareness are working together automatically with your musculoskeletal system you can stay active and independent, preventing falls and improving your balance.