Exercise is important at every stage of life and perimenopause/menopause is no exception.
Look at your current level of activity and see if it needs improving. I know for some of you I am preaching to the converted if this is you well done and keep up the hard work. If this is not you, start from where you are at. I have often seen recruiting a friend or family member to join you and keep you accountable is a good starting place. Book in times and days to get started. This may start with just a walk around the block and later on, extends to a full day hike in the mountains. It could start with a lap or 2 swam in the local pool or a short bike ride. You may even like to sign yourself up for a charity event so you have a set date in which you need to be ready by.
Ideally, you are looking for a combination of stretching, weights, and cardio. It may be easiest to hire a personal trainer to help customise a program specifically for you, get you started and keep you accountable. There is nothing like putting money on the table to get you moving and shaking. Exercise physiologists are a better bet if you have injuries or special needs. Exercise physiologists are both physiotherapists and personal trainers.
One of the most important aspects of exercise is fun. This is something you will have to do regularly so find something you enjoy to do and hopefully, you will find a group of fun-loving individuals to share the experience with. Personally I have found if you find the right group, they will motivate you and keep you on track.
Some of my favourite ways to exercise include:
The benefits of regular exercise are huge.
Just a word of warning with exercise: don’t overdo it! Excessive exercise can lead to increased stress and can also increase your risk of injury.
In general, you need to move every day but you don’t need to work out every day. Make it fun. I love classes as I love the energy in the room but I also like a solo run. It's my escape from daily life. So commit, recruit some friends/ or make new ones, mix it up, and have some fun.