Ask any woman if she loves her periods, and you’ll get an instant reply: NO. Well, that’s because it brings with it excruciating pain, mood swings, hormonal issues, and so on. But as you grow in age, the absence of periods is what makes women sleepless at night. They have to deal with uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes and lack of energy. There’s also a higher risk of falling prey to various ailments, including heart-related disorders and cancer. All of this demotivates you to even move your body and exercise, but guess what, you must at any cost. Whether it’s cardio, strength training, Zumba or Pilates, make sure to incorporate exercise into your routine. Yes, that’s exactly what celebrity fitness instructor Yasmin Karachiwala feels too. In her recent Instagram post, she has written, “If you are going through menopause right now or are pre/peri-menopausal you may be feeling like your body is a completely foreign entity! Don’t despair! While this can be a very frustrating time in a woman’s life, it is a natural transition and there are things we can do to navigate the change, feel a bit more in control, and limit the extremes that can blindside us.” Menopause is a very unique and specific experience from woman to woman, says Yasmin. “Even though we will all go through menopause, what we experience, how extreme our symptoms are, how long they last is very individual. So it’s important to keep in mind that your experience is yours and have tremendous body awareness so that you can make lifestyle changes that will work in your favor. We cannot eliminate menopause from our aging process, however we can take some control over certain decisions we make, to help reduce the intensity of some of the most unpleasant symptoms,” she adds.
Menopausal fitness routine
“You do not have to train like an athlete, but you do need to start moving your body on a regular and consistent basis,” says Yasmin.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women younger than 65 should spend at least 150 minutes a week on moderate-intensity aerobic exercises, like walking. Experts suggest women to practise strength training at least twice a week, making sure to rest for at least one day between these sessions.