During menopause, many women experience a decrease in physical activity due to a combination of physical, emotional, and psychological factors brought about by hormonal changes.

Let’s look at this a little deeper!

Physical Factors

  1. Fatigue and Low Energy Levels:
    • Hormonal changes, particularly the decline in oestrogen, can lead to chronic fatigue and reduced energy levels, making it harder to stay active.
  2. Joint and Muscle Pain:
    • Menopause is often associated with increased joint stiffness and muscle pain due to the decrease in oestrogen, which affects the lubrication and flexibility of joints.
  3. Weight Gain:
    • Hormonal shifts can lead to changes in metabolism and fat distribution, resulting in weight gain. Increased body weight can make physical activity more difficult and less enjoyable.
  4. Hot Flushes and Night Sweats:
    • These symptoms can disrupt sleep, leading to insomnia or poor-quality sleep. As a result, women may feel more tired during the day and less inclined to exercise.
  5. Bone Density Loss:
    • The decline in oestrogen can lead to a decrease in bone density, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Fear of injury or fractures can discourage some women from engaging in physical activities.

Emotional and Psychological Factors

  1. Depression and Anxiety:
    • Menopause can bring about mood swings, depression, and anxiety due to hormonal changes. These mental health issues can reduce motivation and interest in physical activities.
  2. Cognitive Changes:
    • Some women experience memory problems or difficulty concentrating during menopause, which can interfere with their ability to maintain a regular exercise routine.

Lifestyle and Social Factors

  1. Busy Schedules:
    • Many women in the menopausal age range have demanding careers, family responsibilities, and other life changes that can leave less time and energy for exercise.
  2. Lack of Awareness or Support:
    • Some women might not be fully aware of the benefits of staying active during menopause or may lack encouragement and support from family, friends, or healthcare providers.

Whilst there is no specific exercise for Menopause per say, Reformer Pilates can be super beneficial in building strength, mobility and core control, whilst improving muscle mass, bone density and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

Whilst learning the skill of Pilates, you’ll be increasing your cognitive skills, movement confidence and may even reach a positive flow state… Of course there are lots of different ways to exercise at Menopause and Pilates is just one of them!

If you choose to learn the skill of Pilates on the reformer, make sure your instructor is experienced, fully trained, and qualified.

If you are in or approaching Menopause and would like to find out more about small group training on the reformer or 121 sessions, you can email us on: hello@mettamovement.co.uk

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