Thursday 21 August 2014

Marla Ahlgrimm Advises Women to Use Exercise for Fighting Menopause Symptoms

Marla Ahlgrimm
Regular physical activity is important for women who may be struggling with menopause, says pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm. The women’s health expert shares some fitness tips in this Q & A for women who are looking for relief from hot flashes and mood swings.

Q: Why is physical activity such a cornerstone of a woman’s daily routine?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Exercise offers a number of different benefits. It helps to strengthen bones, reduce the onset of osteoporosis and prevent weight gain. Regular physical activity has been shown to improve the quality of life for both men and women.

Q: What are some of the most underreported benefits of physical activity?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Physical activity assists women in maintaining a healthy weight or losing excess pounds. Such weight management offers vital protection from diseases such as breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Q: Are there been certain forms of physical activity that have been proven more effective?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A mixture of strength training and aerobic activity is necessary for maintaining proper health. You might consider water aerobics, swimming, biking, hiking, jogging, walking or playing tennis. Teaming up with a neighbor, friend, or spouse for these activities makes a major difference as well. Practice a series of restorative and supported yoga poses for added relief. These relaxation techniques can ease symptoms such as fatigue, irritability and hot flashes while helping to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

Q: In your opinion and experience, where do women tend to fail in their exercise goals?

Marla Ahlgrimm: The most important thing is to create a schedule and then commit fully to the plan. The good news is, by adjusting and updating goals along the way, a woman can improve her chances of success and carry out her daily schedule with minimal problems.


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