Pilates can alleviate many of the symptoms of the menopause.
Menopausal women often experience a sense of loss, for both their youth and their child-bearing ability. But exercise and a positive attitude can help assuage such a feeling and many the symptoms of the menopause, including hot flushes, mood swings, depression, irritability and sleeplessness. Stretching and breathing exercises can calm and relax menopausal women and help them sleep better.
Weight gain can be countered through instructors giving more intensive exercises to menopausal women. These can help with weight gain around the hips, buttocks and thighs, another result of the menopause. Exercise also releases endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals that counter depression.
Skin strength and elasticity can also be improved through Pilates. Exercise has been shown stimulate collagen regeneration in the muscles and bones. This is extra benefit for menopausal women, some of whom are at risk of osteoporosis.
The menopause is a time of great change, but Pilates can result in more energy and confidence, less stress and a drop in hot flushes, fatigue and other related symptoms.
Women also appreciate the social aspect of Pilates and the support and humour of women at a similar life stage.
What People Say About Pilates and the Menopause
“Pilates is a mind-body experience just like menopause is, and we can use the philosophy of Pilates to help women through it”, comments Carolyne Anthony, a Pilates expert and director of The Center for Women’s Fitness in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“Menopause can be a truly amazing time if women are given the tools necessary to cope with its trials and tribulations. Pilates is a wonderful aid in accomplishing these goals.”
“This is also a time of self-reflection, a reemergence of the self. Most women report an opening of the mind and an insatiable desire to learn new things. These women are strong and confident and are willing to do what it takes to achieve balance in their lives. Pilates seems to fit the bill.”
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