Journal of Mid-life Health

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Year
: 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 51--56

Exercise beyond menopause: Dos and Don«SQ»ts


Nalini Mishra1, VN Mishra2, Devanshi3 
1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pt. J N M Medical College and BRAM Hospital, Raipur (C.G.), India
2 Department of Medicine, Pt. J N M Medical College and BRAM Hospital, Raipur (C.G.), India
3 Intern, Pt. J N M Medical College and BRAM Hospital Raipur (C.G.), India

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With a significant number of women belonging to the status of menopause and beyond, it is imperative to plan a comprehensive health program for them, including lifestyle modifications. Exercise is an integral part of the strategy. The benefits are many, most important being maintenance of muscle mass and thereby the bone mass and strength. The exercise program for postmenopausal women should include the endurance exercise (aerobic), strength exercise and balance exercise; it should aim for two hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Every woman should be aware of her target heart rate range and should track the intensity of exercise employing the talk test. Other deep breathing, yoga and stretching exercises can help to manage the stress of life and menopause-related symptoms. Exercises for women with osteoporosis should not include high impact aerobics or activities in which a fall is likely. The women and the treating medical practitioner should also be aware of the warning symptoms and contraindications regarding exercise prescription in women beyond menopause. The role of exercise in hot flashes, however, remains inconclusive. Overall, exercising beyond menopause is the only noncontroversial and beneficial aspect of lifestyle modification and must be opted by all.


How to cite this article:
Mishra N, Mishra V N, Devanshi. Exercise beyond menopause: Dos and Don'ts.J Mid-life Health 2011;2:51-56


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Mishra N, Mishra V N, Devanshi. Exercise beyond menopause: Dos and Don'ts. J Mid-life Health [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Apr 3 ];2:51-56
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