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Pilates and Menopause

Updated: Dec 29, 2022

Menopausal changes affect women in their mid to late 40s into their early 50s. Hormonal fluctuations can produce many side effects, such as hot flashes, sleep loss, mood changes, drops in libido, and weight gain. Other changes can include a decrease in bone density, changes in metabolism, and increased fatigue.

Pilates can be a great way to stay active and fit. While it is considered a low-impact exercise, it has great strength training benefits that will help maintain or increase bone density. It also is good for the cardiovascular system which can help with weight loss. A key element of Pilates is the element of mindfulness. Focusing on breathing, and centering the body can aid in reducing stress.

Building core strength and improving posture are more and more important as we age. Pilates exercises may help to also help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles which tend to become weaker as we age. Also, exercises can be modified to all different levels so it is a great alternative for beginners and can be progressed for the more advanced client.

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