During this Menopause Awareness month I am going to share some of what I do to help me naturally manage my menopause journey.
I’m no Davina McCall and I certainly don’t have finances or backing that grows the huge following or influence that she has. But I do have my natural menopause success story to tell and I tell it in the hope that one woman gets insight into how she can naturally help to manage her menopause and stress journey.
I Always Try Natural Menopause Solutions First
I believe in using natural ways. These ways are not always the easiest but I truly believe that I’m going to have the least side affects from the natural ways and I feel that they bring me more lasting menopause wellness.
Too many women in our world are struggling with hugely exaggerated menopause symptoms. These symptoms are as a direct result of the many toxins and stresses that are in our world today and affecting our mind, body and soul.
At 55 I am very proud of my natural menopause journey. As a Kinesiologist, I know quite a bit about natural ways. Knowing a little about how my energy works, I can apply my training and learning to my own menopause journey. Some things will block my energy while other things will balance and even raise my energy. Stress definitely lowers and blocks my energy.
It’s All About Managing Stress
I strongly believe that the menopause journey can be better managed when stress levels are better managed. Please don’t think that stress is just about the triggering of a stress response. There are many things that cause stress to your body, mind and soul, like:
- Negative thoughts and beliefs
- Processed sugar
- Sugary drinks
- All processed sugary foods
- Lack of sleep
- Lack of nutrition
- Lack of water
- Too much or too little exercise
- Electro magnetic and Radioactive signals (mobile phones)
- Toxic fumes
- Financial worries
- Chemicals in foods and in the air
- Toxic metals
- Worry about children
- Too much blue light
I could go on and on with the list, but I think you have the idea.
With all these stressors triggering you off into a constant stress response, how can you possibly manage your menopause or PMT successfully?
You need natural supports and there are many that you can use. But part of the biggest natural support will involve you making daily choices too boost your wellness.
The Next Four Weeks
Over the next four weeks – my four blog posts will look at four areas that help me to manage my menopause well. They are:
- Easy Effective Exercise and Menopause
- Water, Nutrition and Diet for Menopause
- Mental Wellness Technologies to Cope Through Menopause
- Sleep and Menopause
Exercise And The Menopause
This week I am going to talk about exercise and the menopause. Every single human needs to have daily weight bearing motion for their body to work at its best. But daily weight bearing motion doesn’t need to be a daily hard slog.
Having suffered a post-viral illness back in the late 1990’s, I know only too well how easy it is to over exercise. I also know that when I engage in any new form of exercise I need to begin with just 1 minute and build up from there. We can all do 1 minute – right? You can do 1 minute.
The Osteoporosis Problem
1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer some form of osteoporosis related issue after 50. That is a staggering statistic for both men and women. While some of the reasons for this can be directly attributed to exercise or the lack of exercise, there are many other contributing factors, like stress and diet.
Today though let us look at some forms of exercise that will help you to get your daily weight bearing motion that will keep your body managing menopause better.
Walking & Jogging
Walking has long been known to help with menopause symptoms. But jogging would be seen as better in that the running motion gets your lymphatic system working much better. Because of sore joints and aching muscles many women tend to find that walking and jogging are no longer their favoured forms of exercising.
Aqua-Jogging & Swimming
You could go to a swimming pool and do some aqua-jogging. This is what I did when my hips and upper legs began to burn and get sore in the earlier part of my menopause journey. My Cranio-sacral therapist recommended it to me as a good form of exercise and she was right. I found my body had a lot less pain and my muscles still got well toned.
Swimming is also good for you. Any water activity that keeps your feet off the bottom of the pool results in no concussion to the joints.
Another form of exercise that really works for me is rebounding. Rebounding is where you use a mini trampoline or rebounder with you gently bounding down into the rebounder. I need to stress that the rebounding I do is not aggressive or too taxing in any way. Like all other exercise I began rebounding with just 1 minute a day and then gradually built up to 20-30 minutes daily.
The reason I like rebounding is because of all the benefits I get from this easy to do exercise as well as well as how easy it is to do.
Rebounding Benefits and Menopause Success
Most of the benefits suit women who are in menopause.
- Boosts lymphatic drainage
- Is weight bearing with low impact on joints
- Works every cell in the body
- Tones muscles
- Is easy on joints
- Boosts mood
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Improves circulation
- Improves bladder control
- Improves pelvic floor muscles
- Tones skin
- Improves bone density
- Improves confidence
- Improves sleep
- Stimulates organs to work better
- Stimulates oxygen flow
The benefits that I really like are that rebounding gently helps to boost lymph drainage and is very low impacting on my joints. I also like how it boosts my mood and improves my overall sense of wellness – mentally, physically and spiritually.
Rebound For Wellness Offers Gentle Programmes
I have never been able to engage in the very fast and upbeat rebounding programmes that are out there. Even many of the beginners rebound programmes are well above my ability and energy level. That is why I created Rebound For Wellness Programmes that begin with just 1 minute daily and work up to a max of 20 minutes daily.
Rebound For Wellness Programmes Get You Exercising
Rebound For Wellness programmes are focused on women who are not really exercising and need to begin at a slow and steady pace. They are not made in Hollywood, but they are made with you in mind. They offer great advice on every aspect of wellness. I chat away through each rebound session.
While you think that you are doing very little in the beginning, remember as soon as you get up on that rebounder you are engaging every single muscle in your body. One minute is plenty for those who are not regular exercisers.
Dangers of Fast Rebounding
If you over activate your lymphatic system too fast you will cause a massive clear-out of toxins. Trust me when I say none of us needs or want this. You can also cause muscle that are too weak or too strong to go into spasm if you go at rebounding too fast. Some women report having ‘accidents’ because they went to hard and fast and didn’t know they had a weak bladder.
Rebound For Wellness Makes Rebounding A Success
Because of all the many benefits you really want rebounding to be a success and the Rebound For Wellness Programmes are built with this in mind. I call them ‘I Can Do It’ programmes because they focus on you being able to do it every single day for the rest of your natural and active life.
It doesn’t matter if you have never trampolined in your life. Rebounding is different to trampolining in that you jump up on a trampoline and you bound down into the base on a rebounder.
Rebounding And The Menopause
Rebound For Wellness Programmes suite menopausal women. They are easy to follow and easy to accomplish, but it does take you buying a mini-rebounder and committing to getting up on that rebounder every day. That is what the programme is for.
Should you purchase the programme you will get access to a private Rebound For Wellness Facebook Page. This page is where you can ask questions and get more motivation from me and other members.
I also have begun to enjoy cycling for my wellness during the last couple of years, thanks to my rebounding. I truly know that if I wasn’t rebounding I would not be able to cycle as well as I can. Rebounding clears out lactic acid from my muscles. This allows my muscles to work much better and I can cycle better too.
I have two bicycles. One is a flat handled road bike (with narrow tyres) and the other is a pedal assist e-bike. The e-bike means I can go further and cycle for longer because of the assistance I get when I pedal. But I do need to pedal, for the bike to work. The e-bike really helps me to keep getting better and better at building up my cycling confidence and my cycle legs. This prepares me for getting out more on my road bike.
I know plenty of women who are dancing their way through the menopause. I love dancing, but find that my legs tire easily when I dance. This doesn’t stop me from dancing but it does prevent me from making dancing one of my main forms of exercising.
There are many forms of exercise that will help you get your daily weight bearing motion but only one or two that do this with little or no impact on your joints. They are Swimming, aqua-jogging, cycling and rebounding.
I would love to know:
- Are you exercising daily for your wellness?
- What form of exercise works for you as you journey through the menopause?
- Do you get tired easily or pull muscle easily
- Are aches and pains in your muscles and joints preventing you from exercising during menopause?
- What helps motivate you to exercise today and everyday?
Next week I will post about diet, water and nutrition through the menopause.
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