It is safe to say that we all know that exercise and keeping healthy is important and that most of understand to, some degree, the reasons for this (such as reducing our risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer).
But… did you know that for women, there are even more reasons to keep in shape and keep moving?
Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced causing them to become more porous and fragile. Although osteoporosis can affect both men and women, women lose bone rapidly in the first few years after the menopause. This is because levels of oestrogen (the female sex hormone that helps keep bones strong) decreases. Exercise is important to help maintain bone density. It is equally important to focus on weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercises.
Although you may feel like curling up on the sofa with a film and large glass of wine when it’s the time of the month, studies suggest that exercising during a painful period may help to reduce pain. Exercise provides a double dose of benefits to relieve cramps. When exercising, your brain releases hormones called endorphins. These endorphins are known to block pain receptors in your brain.
The pelvic floor in females refers to the group of muscles within the pelvis which support the bladder, bowel and uterus. These muscles can become weakened due to things such as pregnancy, natural childbirth, being overweight, menopause and age. Signs of a weak pelvic floor can include leaking urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing or running. But all is not lost! Pelvic floor muscles can be strengthened, and gym training sessions can be designed to focus on these muscles when needed.
Reproductive Health/ Fertility
According to NHS.co.uk, you more likely to get pregnant if you are in good health. Being overweight can affect your chances of conceiving. For example, too much body fat can cause periods to become irregular or stop all together. If you are a healthy weight the chances of conceiving naturally are increased.
Exercise is not dangerous for your baby, if carried out in a safe manner. In fact, the NHS states that there is some evidence to suggest that active women are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and labour. It is important to strengthen muscles to help you carry the extra weight of pregnancy. Exercise can also help make joints stronger, improve circulation, ease backache and generally help you feel well.
Here at Lee Paines Health & Wellness, we understand that gyms can be daunting places for a lot of people, especially women. We pride ourselves in being able to provide 1-2-1 session with our clients in our private gym. At any one time, there will only be a couple of other sessions taking place – allowing our clients to adjust and build their confidence in a gym surrounding.
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Lee & the team