I am a regular on The Survival Podcast as an expert on health, finance, and life simplification. Below is the transcript of my answer to a listener question on what to do when you hate exercise. Listener Question Gary, I…
For women menopause is a life-changing event. It’s important to understand exactly what it is, how it occurs, and how this time of life is impacted by nutrition and exercise.
What is Menopause?
Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. It is characterized by an absence of menstrual cycles for twelve consecutive months, during which time a woman is considered to be in menopause. During this transition, a woman’s ovaries stop producing the hormone estrogen. This is significant because prior to menopause, 90 percent of a woman’s total estrogen is produced by the ovaries. Estrogen is crucial for maintaining physical and mental balance.
Starting an exercise program is an accomplishment. Sticking with one, however, is the real key to lifelong health. What follows are some tips on taking your workouts to the next level – and, equally as important, some ideas on making sure you adhere to your new activities and get the absolute most of our every workout.
Beyond the Basics
In my experience in the fitness industry, I have found that simple straight forward exercise routines are the easiest for people to follow, understand and stick with. However, there are many different types of exercise routines out there.
Resistance Training: Bulking Up Versus Toning Up
Resistance training is sometimes referred to as strength training or weight training. This type of exercise increases your muscular strength with weights (resistance) such as a dumbbell, barbell, resistance bands, or your own body weight.
Resistance training can increase muscle strength and bone density as well as produce denser, stronger muscles. This is not to knock aerobic exercise; it is also very important. However, many people underestimate the value of incorporating resistance training into their workouts, and I don’t want you to make the same mistake. The bottom line is that you will get the best results when you combine both aerobic and resistance training for a synergistic training effect.