Female Fitness & Menopause

Using physical exercise to reduce symptoms, develop bone density and maintain wellbeing..

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Using exercise to reduce menopausal symptoms.

Alex Reid has completed the Menopause Movement Professional Development Training Programme which included 8 hours of specific CPD on women’s health and specifically the menopause.  

In addition, Alex is currently enhancing her knowledge with the most recent research by completing The Female Body online course (provided by The Well HQ) to help her better understand the female body’s physiological and psychological requirements within sport and exercise. This knowledge, as well as Alex’s own experiences in high performance sport as an athlete herself, can help you make gains and achieve your own personal goals.   

Both courses are endorsed by the CIMSPA for CPD and training quality. 

Menopause is when your periods stop due to lower hormone levels. It usually affects women between the ages of 45 and 55, but it can happen earlier.

Perimenopause is when you have symptoms of menopause but your periods have not stopped. Perimenopause ends and you reach menopause when you have not had a period for 12 months.

Menopause and perimenopause can cause symptoms like anxiety, mood swings, brain fog, hot flushes and irregular periods. These symptoms can start years before your periods stop and carry on afterwards. Menopause and perimenopause symptoms can have a big impact on your life, including relationships and work. (NHS)

Research indicates that being physically active throughout our lives is important for health, disease prevention and quality of life.  In relation to menopausal symptoms, recent research indicates that many of the symptoms of the menopause can be reduced by being more active. 

Symptoms can include:

  • Hot flushes, when you have sudden feelings of hot or cold in your face, neck and chest which can make you dizzy
  • difficulty sleeping, which may be a result of night sweats and make you feel tired and irritable during the day
  • palpitations, when your heartbeats suddenly become more noticeable
  • headaches and migraines that are worse than usual
  • muscle aches and joint pains
  • changed body shape and weight gain
  • skin changes including dry and itchy skin
  • reduced sex drive
  • vaginal dryness and pain, itching or discomfort during sex
  • recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
 
Contact Alex to discuss how a physical exercise programme can help you during this time of life.  

Alex has a close relationship with the Online Menopause Centre (OMC) where, if required, she can refer you to for more medical support and advice on hormonal replacement therapy, for example. 

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Weight bearing exercise for bone health

We loose bone density as we age, and the best way to maintain this is by weight bearing exercise: this could be lifting weights as well as walking, running, dancing.  

Exercise prescription for weight management

Having a plan to help with weight management and increase lean mass can direct and motivate you to help you reach your goals.

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Reduce menopausal symptoms and increase self-esteem

There is evidence that being more active can reduce some menopausal symptoms, like hot flushes, for example, as well as boosts mental health and self-esteem.  Feeling good about YOU works hand in hand with physical exercise. 

Contact Alex to discuss programming and support at this time of your life, where being active can make a significant positive impact on your quality of life.

The importance of Exercise during menopause:

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