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AVOID WEIGHT GAIN DURING MENOPAUSE

Avoid Weight Gain During Menopause

The general rule of thumb is that, as a woman, you will gain one extra pound each year as you approach menopause. If it isn’t kept in check, this weight can really add up and lead to being overweight or full-blown obesity; the problem is compounded if you are already struggling with your weight. The good news is that there are some things you can do if you want to avoid weight gain during menopause.

It’s important to understand that this weight gain is caused by a lowered production of estrogen. The body reads the change in hormone levels as a signal to start storing more calories and this leads to gaining weight. It makes sense that if you could prevent the estrogen from being decreased (or make it so it doesn’t decrease it as much), then you wouldn’t gain as much weight.

Menopause & Weight GainThere are several products on the market that are made to help decrease how much estrogen is lost. Some of these are natural remedies based on plant estrogens, while others are synthetic. That doesn’t always mean that one is necessarily better than the other, but it does mean that you should consider your alternatives carefully.

Hormone replacement therapy is big business, and some of the “cures” are questionable. However, many women have seen major improvements in their lives after taking something (natural or synthetic) to help their hormone levels. Not only do they find that they feel better, but many of them have also reported losing weight.

Apart from the natural gaining of weight associated with getting older, it’s also possible that some women going through menopause gain weight do to a lack of energy. While they used to be able to make it through a busy day and still have energy left over, they now find that they just don’t have the same “get up and go” that they once had. So, what’s one of the best ways to get more energy? Exercise!

It may seem counter-intuitive that exercise would give you more energy, when you need the energy to exercise in the first place. There may be some truth to that, but you need to take it on faith: regular exercise will increase your energy level. You don’t have to run a marathon, just participate in activities that get your heart pumping and you will soon notice a positive difference. Exercise burns calories, which will also help you to avoid weight gain during menopause.

Using the above tips will go a long way to improving your health and avoid weight gain during menopause. Of course just reading about them isn’t enough; you have to actually follow through on them if you want to realize the benefits that they provide.

Warning: You must talk to your doctor before you make any changes to your diet or before you start trying to avoid weight gain during menopause.

Secrets to Enjoying Exercise

Secrets to Enjoying Exercise

If you are like most folks, the mere thought of exercising is enough to have your mind make up all sorts of excuses why you should not, could not, and potentially will not exercise. However, there are some secrets and tips to really begin to enjoy exercise to its fullest.

Grab a Buddy

Often times we can view exercise regimens as solitary confinement – like a sentence we have to endure all on our own. Guaranteed you have a pal or co-worker who feels exactly the same way. The old adage that misery loves company would apply in this situation. However, once you get together with a friend to exercise and actually go to the gym or take that power walk or a Group class, you will begin to see how much fun it really is and begin to enjoy exercising.

Change your View of Exercising

Only you have the ability to change how you perceive something. Only when you have associated positive thoughts and feelings with exercise will you begin to override the negative connotations with exercising. You will find that excuses such as being tired or not having enough time will be outweighed by feelings of accomplishment such as recognition that you burned 500 calories that night or even the simple fact that you feel energized and were glad you went.

FunFocus on the positive results and feelings you get the first time you go to exercise and bring that feeling back up to the forefront of your mind the next time you are heading out to exercise.

Be Creative

Be creative with your exercise routines and regimens. You do not have to think about gigantic machinery that you are unfamiliar with or a gym full of strangers. Find something you love to do and incorporate that into exercise. For some, that is walking briskly and for others it is dancing your heart out. Dance is not only a creative outlet, it is also one that will burn hundreds of calories. Even if you are not a professional dancer, taking a swing class or a jazz class is only the beginning to discovering one of the secrets to enjoying exercise.

Make a Date with Exercising

If you leave exercising to a chance date or time, you will more than likely set yourself up for failure. Make a specific date and time for exercise, whether you go out to the gym or do it at home. Write in on your calendar, put it on your to do list and commit to it. After you are done, you will be glad you did.