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An Active Approach to Managing Menopause

Get Moving to Relieve Discomfort

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  • MARCIA530
    I have found that while exercise makes me strong and makes me feel good, it has done nothing for hot flashes. I have them them about once an hour day and night. (Weekly: 2-3 hours of Zumba; 50 or so miles bicycling; 2 hours Pilates; gardening) - 9/21/2009 11:05:30 AM
  • Wow, it's good thing I exercised through menopause because I shudder to think what it would have been like without. The process took a naturally cheery person and turned her nutsy for a year. The emotions took over, and the brain took a leave of absence. Exercise kept my body healthy, at least from the neck down, but whew, I'm glad it's over. - 9/21/2009 10:44:11 AM
  • DPOWERS51
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  • This article is very informative. I'm perimenopause and will utilize my regular exercises as a form of therapy for when that moment comes. Thanks for the info. - 9/21/2009 8:53:34 AM
  • KARINHANSE
    I am 51 years young and have some irregular periods. So, not totally through with menopause yet! I am an avid exerciser - both cardio and weight training - and I feel this is helping me manage some of the other symptoms. I think it is the best time in my life. I feel great. Eating right and exercising are better than any meds I have ever taken in my life!!! - 9/21/2009 8:40:56 AM
  • KMORRISS
    I had been working out for years before going through menopause - both cardio and weight training. To top it off, I was diagnosed as being hypothyroid as well. I struggle with both weight gain and hot flashs despite HRT therapy. Before starting HRT for sever hot flashs, I tried soy products which didn't do much to alleviate the symptoms nor did working out at the gym every morning and walking two mailes daily. I chose HRT as a last resort. But to echo another contributor, I can only imagine what it would have been like if I was sedentary! My advice? Get the weight under control before going through this chapter of your life and talk to your doctor about treatment options. - 9/21/2009 5:38:05 AM
  • POLLYANNE4
    I went through ,menopause at the early age of 36 quite distressing at first but now fully over that now it is not a nice way for women but we all go through it. - 8/31/2009 6:56:43 PM
  • THELASTDIET4
    Does anyone else suffer with the "meno-pot?" Where does the constant nighttime bloating come from? I'm guessing hormones!! Help!!!!!!! Any ideas? - 6/9/2009 10:35:17 AM
  • I'm 59 never had menopause symptoms yet. I wonder if it is because I alway exercise even if it is in moderation some days. I eat healthy all the time since I joined Weight Watchers. Sometimes I don't even know If I went through menopause yet or not? - 6/3/2009 11:14:46 PM
  • SSBEAN71
    I am 37 and am in menopause. My mother and grandmother were in their 50's so I don't know the reason why I went through this at such an early age. - 5/5/2009 4:18:25 PM
  • I am 43 years old and just started my journey. My periods started to be very irregular and now even more so to the point that I have had my period for over a month on and off. The first couple of weeks I was in excruciating pain, since I also suffer from Endometreosys adding to my discomfort... but in the last week it has not been as bad. My mood swings are another subject... although I don't let my honey know it - I know he goes thru hell with me. LOL he just tries to avoid me and tries to enjoy the days that I am tolerable. LOL. I guess his mother gave him the heads up on what to expect.

    The worse thing for me right now is not knowing when to protect myself just in case of a bleed out (as I call them) but I have been managing... although going thru boxes of tampons and pads to do it. But what can we do. I am just so glad that I decided to change some bad habits before this since I have heard that it gets tougher to do later on.

    Well, good luck to all of us... and more so to the poor husbands/boyfriends with us, LOL... and I'll keep you posted on my progress.

    Jersey Girl,
    ALI! - 3/27/2009 1:03:10 PM
  • I am 45 just starting the perimenopause journey...just today I am looking into bioidentical hormone therapy and the risks ...so little is known about it...I am having al lhe classic symptoms a period that never comes then shows up and lasts two months...yuck...Im just fed up with it and Im virtually a newly wed....anyone been there?Help in Nova Scotia! - 3/23/2009 11:07:09 PM
  • MEGGSY3
    I have severe hot flushes and have just commenced on HRT. It was becoming such a problem at work ie. my glasses would fog up because I was so hot and sweat would actually drip from my face onto the work on my desk. Sleep is also a problem with the night sweats. I workout at the gym 4 times a week and that has not noticeably helped me. So I hate to imagine if I didn't exercise what I would be like! - 3/22/2009 7:51:23 PM
  • FAITHX
    Ok, I have done nothing, I am 52, having decreasing periods, mood swings...is this the begining or the end of menopause. I am fat, sedentary and the rest of you make me feel very inadequate. Is it too late to try to get some weight off? Or has my horse gone through the gate...never felt a hot flash and as I live in the tropics, would I even recognize one from a very hot day? - 3/22/2009 4:56:23 PM
  • After my hysterectomy at 31, it took my several years to come off the hormones. I'm lucky enough they were able to clean up and leave me one overy. The weight problem since then has been horrible. It seems like I can gain 10 to 15 overnight! I don't have the mood swings or the hot flashs like I did in the first few years and I'm 39 now. It's just every now and again. I don't look forward to the day when that overy finally gives out but I hope everything I'm doing now will help by then. - 3/22/2009 9:21:26 AM

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