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Menopause is a natural and inevitable process in every woman’s life. It marks the end of menstrual cycles and fertility, but it also signifies a new beginning. In Japanese culture, menopause is referred to as “konenki,” where “ko” means renewal or regeneration, “nen” means years, and “ki” means energy. This terminology perfectly captures the essence of menopause, which is a time for women to renew themselves and embrace their new chapter.
There’s no denying that menopause comes with its own set of challenges, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. However, there are plenty of natural approaches that women can adopt to help themselves. These approaches not only alleviate the symptoms but also enhance their overall well-being.
One of the most effective natural approaches is regular exercise. Exercise helps keep hormones balanced and regulates weight, which can help relieve hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Reformer Pilates, in particular, has been found to be very beneficial for menopausal women.
At Best Body, we’ve helped thousands of women experience little to no menopausal symptoms by incorporating Reformer Pilates into their fitness routine. A study published in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy found that Reformer Pilates significantly reduced hot flashes, night sweats, and overall menopausal symptoms in women.
Reformer Pilates is a low-impact exercise that focuses on strengthening the core muscles and improving posture. It is performed using a specialised machine called a Reformer, which consists of a platform, carriage, springs, and ropes. Reformer Pilates is ideal for menopausal women because it is gentle on the joints and helps build lean muscle mass, which can help increase metabolism and regulate weight.
Aside from exercise, there are other natural approaches women can adopt to alleviate menopausal symptoms. For instance, balancing blood sugar levels is crucial because high blood sugar triggers the release of insulin, which can stress the endocrine system and inhibit the production of oestrogen. Therefore, it’s essential to cut out processed sugars from your diet and eat foods that support your liver, which metabolises waste oestrogen and ensures its production after menopause. Ditching processed foods, especially those high in processed fat, and avoiding alcohol can also help support liver function.
Eating cholesterol and fats is essential for producing testosterone and making new cell membranes. Foods such as avocado, oil, fish, and eggs should be included in the diet. Additionally, enjoying phytoestrogens, which are found in plant foods like oats, barley, beans, lentils, yams, rice, alfalfa, and many beans, can also help alleviate menopausal symptoms.
Getting enough sleep is crucial during menopause. Spending time outdoors can help regulate circadian rhythms that regulate core body temperature, hormonal processes, and cell regeneration. Without light, our rhythm goes out of whack, leading to changes in metabolic, hormonal, sleeping, and eating patterns, and even glucose production. Light fuels our body and boosts Vitamin D levels, which are essential for helping our bodies absorb calcium and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Finally, tackling stress levels is crucial because stress produces cortisol, which can interfere with the balance of oestrogen and progesterone in the body. Activities such as long hot baths with a great book, Reformer Pilates, meditation, chatting with friends, or enjoying your favourite hobby can help create calm and reduce stress levels.
Don’t let menopause hold you back from feeling your best self. With a natural approach and the right exercises, you can experience little to no symptoms and embrace this change for the better. At Best Body, we believe in the power of movement and the transformative effects of Reformer Pilates. Our studio has helped thousands of women to navigate menopause with ease and grace.
If you’re ready to start your journey to feeling toned and strong, we invite you to download our Best Body App and get started with our Toned & Strong 2 Week Intro Program. This program is perfect for women of all fitness levels and will give you a taste of what Reformer Pilates can do for your body and mind. With daily workouts, expert guidance, and a supportive community, you’ll be on your way to feeling your best self in no time.
Take the first step towards a happier, healthier you today. Download the Best Body App and join our community of strong, empowered women. We can’t wait to see you on the Reformer!