By Tania Molina, Symmetry in Motion

Every woman experiences menopause differently. For some, the symptoms are mild and pass quickly. For others, it is an explosion of hot flashes and mood swings. Women can adopt lifestyle changes to help cope with the changes occurring in their body. Here are some tips including fitness and stress reduction.

Regular exercise is an excellent way to relieve stress and enhance your overall quality of life. Pilates, in particular, is a great way to maintain ideal weight and loss of muscles mass. Pilates has a unique ability to make a body stronger and is a form of low intensity resistance training, combine with movement that is organized with all angles and shapes so many different muscles are targeted. Osteoporosis risk skyrockets after menopause because of lack of estrogen so strength training is especially vital.

Practice relaxation techniques including meditation, yoga, Pilates, or deep breathing. Find a fun way to add more movement to a routine. Zumba, dance and ballroom are great for flexibility and coordination. The American Heart Association reports that as women enter menopause, their risk of cardiovascular disease increase. In addition to fitness, a balanced diet is just as important during this phase. Eat more fruits and vegetables and add more lean proteins. Eat foods high in fiber and omit sugar and dairy.

Set realistic, attainable, specific goals to avoid frustration. Don’t simply declare, “I am going to exercise more.” Tell yourself, “I will walk for 30 minutes during lunch.” Take a new fitness class or try a new sport. Recruit a friend or spouse as a buddy to help keep you motivated. Yes physical fitness and a healthy diet is essential but do not forget to exercise your creativity. Now is an optimal time to indulge in a artistic outlet such as painting, ceramics or knitting. Eat delicious, healthy meals. Laugh until you cry. Revitalize and rejuvenate.

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