You've endured the turbulant life stage of menopause and by now troublesome symptoms such as hot flashes should have mostly subsided. However, it is still important to keep healthy and active during postmenopause to avoid the risks associated with this stage of life, such as osteoporosis and certain cancers. Continue reading to discover three great tips for maintaining a healthy mind and body during postmenopause.
Drinking water is vital to providing the body with the fluid it needs to keep organs functioning properly. When you aren't giving your body enough hydration, you are limiting its potential. Drinking water can also help you to avoid postmenopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness and edema, while leaving skin glowing and hair and nails shiny.
Try and drink at least 8-ounce glasses of water a day, including juices and hot beverages. You should also avoid caffeine and alcohol, as these are diuretics, which can leave the body dehydrated by increasing urine output.
Incorporate exercise into your daily life, by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to the grocery store or even biking to work. These simple changes will help you burn hundreds of extra calories and keep you feeling fit and healthy during postmenopause.
For that extra energy boost, give exercise class a go. From yoga to Zumba, Pilates to spin classes, kickboxing to weight-lifting, there is an option for everyone. It may take some time to find the perfect class for you, but once you do, you will be hooked, and will feel the benefits for years to come.
Healthy foods are full of the vital nutrients and minerals necessary to keep your body working the way it should during postmenopause. Adding more vitamin-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains to your diet may help reduce the risk of certain cancers, while eating low-fat, high-calcium foods such as spinach and salmon may protect against osteoporosis. Eating healthily doesn't have to be a chore. Try looking up some new and interesting recipes and include some nutritious ingredients you may not have tried before.
These are easy lifestyle changes that will keep you feeling young and healthy, and protect against the risks associated with postmenopause. If you want to learn more, click on the following link to find out about other tips and postmenopause treatments.
- The National Institute of Health. "Signs of the Menopausal Transition" www.nih.gov
- Boston Women's Health Collective. "Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Sleep Disturbances". Our Bodies, Ourselves, 2006.
- Von Muhlen, DG, et al. "A community-based study of menopause symptoms and estrogen replacement in older women". Maturitas. Sept 1995; 22(2):71-8.