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What workouts should I be doing in menopause?

May 19, 2024

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Hi everyone, Tamsen Fadal here. In our comprehensive Menopause Masterclass series, we're addressing the most crucial questions about menopause. Today, we're focusing on the importance of fitness during menopause with expert insights from fitness guru, Amanda Thebe.

Amanda Thebe is a Fitness and Women’s Health Expert. She is the author of the Amazon best-selling book, Menopocalypse: How I Learned to Thrive During Menopause and How You Can Too! With nearly 30 years of experience in the fitness industry, Amanda is a highly-regarded expert on women’s fitness and health.

Menopause is more than a hormonal shift; it's a transformation affecting our entire body. With muscle mass typically decreasing and the risk of osteoporosis on the rise, Amanda Thebe, a specialist in menopause fitness, emphasizes the importance of adapting our exercise routines during this period.

What are the best exercises to do in menopause?

It's not just about maintaining muscle; it's crucial for combating bone density loss and preserving overall physical health. Amanda suggests incorporating weight-bearing and resistance exercises, vital for bone health.

Key exercises like deadlifts, bench presses, and leg presses target major muscle groups and are especially beneficial during menopause.

What exactly is NEAT and why should you be paying attention?

While structured workouts are essential, the role of NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) in menopause fitness is often overlooked. NEAT refers to the calories we burn through daily activities that are not considered formal exercise. This includes actions like walking to the mailbox, standing while talking on the phone, gardening, or even the energy expended while fidgeting. These activities might seem trivial, but they add up and play a significant role in our overall caloric expenditure, which is particularly important during menopause when metabolic rates may change. Incorporating more NEAT activities into your day can boost cardiovascular health and aid in managing weight during menopause.

For beginners, Amanda recommends starting with basic movements that mirror daily activities to enhance functional strength. These include squats, lunges, and core exercises, all designed to improve everyday mobility and balance. Gradually increasing these exercises' intensity can lead to substantial gains in strength and flexibility.

Your Menopause Fitness Plan

Starting a fitness routine during menopause can be daunting, but it's about taking that initial step. Begin with activities that feel manageable, then slowly push your limits. Always tune into your body's needs and adjust your exercise accordingly.

For more empowering tips from Amanda Thebe, check out her website at Let's tackle these menopause challenges together, one step at a time, towards a healthier and more vibrant you.

Continue Your Menopause Mastery

Eager for more insights? Explore our Menopause Masterclass series for a treasure trove of information and expert advice tailored to your menopause journey. Click here to access the full series of Menopause Masterclass videos.

Disclaimer: This blog is for educational purposes and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare provider for personalized medical advice.

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