Study Shows Walking Reduces Menopause Symptoms, Hot Flashes

menopause symptomsExercise such as walking may be one of the most effective ways to reduce menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and heart symptoms.

From the April 2007 issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine comes a study from Steriani Elavsky, a kinesiologist.  Kinesiology is the study of human movement and motion.

The study included 164 menopausal women in their 50’s who were experiencing hot flashes and insomnia and who were somewhat non-active.  They were put into three different groups – walkers, yoga-doers and sedentary non-exercisers, and were studied for four months.

The groups that reported their stress and tension were reduced, as well as having a betterment in their quality of life, were the women who walked regularly or took yoga classes.  Women who walked derived the most benefit in terms of menopause symptom improvements, but yoga was also beneficial.

Elavsky concluded: “We found a significant association between changes in cardiorespiratory (heart and lung) fitness and changes in menopausal symptoms.  Women who experienced decreases in menopausal symptoms in the study also experienced improvements in all positive mental health and quality-of-life outcomes.”
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