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5 Low Impact Exercises to Help Handle Postmenopause

Postmenopause is the stage in a woman's life following menopause, in which she is no longer ovulating or menstruating. A number of menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and loss of libido, continue into postmenopause. Not only do these postmenopausal symptoms impact on a woman's quality of life, but the emotional impact of coping with the daily physical discomfort associated with these symptoms can be detrimental to her physical and emotional well-being.

However, there are simple lifestyle changes that you can make to help you cope with the postmenopause stage. Try these five low impact exercises that will help your body and mind handle postmenopause.

1

Swimming

5 Low Impact Exercises to Help Handle Postmenopause

Probably one of the most diverse exercises out there, swimming is a low-impact sport, so anyone suffering from hip or joint problems can still fully participate. Swimming is also one of the few sports that works all muscle groups at once while also providing a great cardiovascular workout. As a bonus, the cool water can also provide relief for hot flashes. Under the supervision of your doctor, swimming is a great sport for relieving postmenopausal symptoms.

2

Power-Walking

Power-walking is a fun, low-impact exercise that many postmenopausal women can enjoy. Taking a walk in the park or on the beach can be a great way to get fresh air and breathe some fresh life into you. Power-walking can also be a great way to socialize with friends, or even take your dog along, they'll enjoy the quality time with you.

3

Yoga

5 Low Impact Exercises to Help Handle Postmenopause

Yoga is the obvious low impact exercise to do to relax your mind as well as your body. Postmenopause can be a stressful time, but yoga gives you the time and space for much-needed mental clarity. Plus, it is always beneficial to maintain flexibility, no matter what stage of life you're in.

4

Ballroom Dancing

If you are not too enthusiastic about exercise for exercise's sake, try learning a new skill, like ballroom dancing. Ballroom dancing is a fun way to get cardiovascular exercise without actively thinking about your fitness. It is also a great, social atmosphere where you could make new friends or even enjoy quality time with your partner.

5

Bowling

5 Low Impact Exercises to Help Handle Postmenopause

A non-conventional form of exercise, bowling can be a great hobby which gets you out of the house, on your feet, and doing something different. Not only will it help you stay active a few days a few during your postmenopausal years, it can be a great way to socialize and make new friends.

Postmenopause can be a difficult and confusing stage of life, but there are a number of home remedies, treatments, and techniques that you can employ to cope with the symptoms and their emotional implications. Read more information on treatments for post menopause.

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