Physical activity is great for mood swings, stress and anxiety - and exercising with others also boosts our physical, mental and emotional wellbeingLast week I wrote about simple dietary changes you can make to help balance your hormones. This week we look at physical activity.

We all know exercise is good for us and makes us feel GREAT (although it can be hard to get started sometimes!). It’s a great stress-buster and mood enhancer. It boosts our metabolism and improves circulation: we feel less sluggish, have more energy, improved self esteem and confidence, and generally feel happier.

And exercise during perimenopause/menopause also helps prevent weight gain, improves muscle, bone and joint health, and reduces our risk for breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many other diseases.

Top tips for physical activity

  1. The great news is you don’t have to do it all at once! Aim for small amounts of moderate activity throughout the day (this will also help ensure you’re not sitting for hours at a time). Remember to check in with your GP if you haven’t been physically active for a while.
  2. The key is finding activities you enjoy: gym workouts, Pilates, running, walking, swimming, pole dancing, Zumba, indoor rock climbing, gardening – do what you love! Bonus: exercising with someone else (your partner or a friend, for example) is great for extra motivation, social connection and keeping you accountable!
  3. Yoga has many benefits, and studies have shown it’s also a great hormone balancing workout
  4. Aim for a couple of strength or resistance training sessions each week too (beneficial for maintain muscle strength, reducing body fat and burning calories more efficiently)
  5. Include physical activity in your wellness vision then set some SMART goals!

Would you like help integrating more physical activity into your life? Wellness coaching can help!