Exercise and Hormone Replacement Therapy

Exercise benefits everyone. Light, but daily physical activity can help keep your body toned, keep your energy levels high and make you feel great. Daily exercise is also very important for women in menopause. Many women are experiencing changes in their hormonal balance and this may make them feel tired, irritable, and can lead to weight gain. Exercise can help put the energy back into women facing menopause, while helping to keep weight gain at a minimum.

Women that take hormone replacement therapy may get some relief from taking the hormones. However, some women do report that they gain weight during this time and while taking replacement hormones. Doctors commonly suggest that women find some sort of light exercise that they can participate in each day to help with the changes in the body while taking HRT.

Why do women gain weight during menopause? There are several reasons. Some feel it is because of the replacement hormones. There are many doctors and researchers who say that these hormones do not cause the weight gain, but there are other underlying reasons. Reduced activity due to less energy can contribute to weight gain during menopause. Also, during this time, women may experience a drop in metabolism.

A decreased metabolism means that the body is not burning calories as well as it once did. As a woman ages, they burn less calories and lose more muscle mass. In addition, with the decreased metabolism during menopause, there may be an increase in caloric intake. If a woman is used to an efficient metabolism, she may not know how to adjust her calorie intake when it slows.

One easy way to combat weight gain during menopause is to exercise. Not only can exercise help you lose or at least maintain your pre-menopause weight, it has other benefits. Regular physical activity can drastically reduce stress. Menopause is known for causing mood swings, irritability and depression.

A walk around the block or a quick swim in the pool can help reduce the stress you are feeling and improve your overall feeling of well being. Exercise during menopause is also beneficial because it can help reduce the amount and the intensity of hot flashes. When you exercise, your estrogen levels increase naturally. More estrogen can mean that the severity of hot flashes will decrease.

In addition, exercising on a regular basis can help you lessen the chances of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is when a woman begins to lose bone density. This is a common problem for women and as they age, it can lead to serious problems. An exercise routine can help increase the amount of bone mass. Walking and running can help strengthen the bones during this time.

Another common problem that women face as they age is elevated blood pressure, and risk for heart disease and strokes. Continuing a regular exercise routine will help reduce all of these risks that are common during menopause. If you are taking hormone replacement therapy for menopause, consider adding daily exercise to your routine for the added health benefits.