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Best Exercise for Women in Menopause

The new year is a great time to review what we have accomplished in the past year and plan what we want to improve upon in the coming. One of the top goals I hear at this time of year is, “I want to exercise more and lose weight.” These two don’t always go hand in hand, especially when we enter menopause. Working out harder or longer isn’t necessarily the best way to go about achieving our goals for a certain number on the scale or a smaller dress size.

First of all, chasing bad food choices with long or hard workouts doesn’t work.

Second of all, putting our bodies under more stress without enough recovery isn’t beneficial either. It could actually set you up for injury.

One more thing, instead of our focus being losing weight, we benefit more by changing our focus to building muscle and losing fat. To quote Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, “Muscle is the organ of longevity.”

To live and enjoy the second half of life, focusing on building muscle is, in my opinion, a must.

That’s not to say we don’t need to do cardio workouts but we need to make strength training a priority. Building muscle mass increases our metabolic rate, prevents obesity, helps protect against disease and helps us maintain balance and stability.

We also need to consider our recovery time. Back in our 30’s we could workout hard every day. The good news is, those days