Why Does Menopause Affect Your Motivation To Exercise?


PUSHING YOURSELF IS HARDER IF YOU ARE A WOMAN
OVER 50. (NATS-LIFTING BAR OVER HEAD)
“I would rather sit on the couch at home and watch re-runs.” ) “I would probably run on the treadmill
2 to 3 minutes and then walk. Now it’s down to 1 or 2 minutes.” BUT WHY DOES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DECREASE FOR
WOMEN ENTERING MENOPAUSE? RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
THINK CHANGES IN BRAIN ACTIVITY MAY BE THE ANSWER. ASSISTANT PROFESSOR VICTORIA VIEIRA-POTTER
SAYS THE KEY IS TO BE COGNIZANT OF WHAT IS HAPPENING….SMALL LIFESTYLE TWEAKS CAN IMPROVE
HEALTH AND COMBAT WEIGHT GAIN. “We don’t need a lot of activity; these women don’t need to take up marathon running
because they’re going through menopause.” M-U RESEARCHERS IDENTIFIED A LINK BETWEEN
OVARIAN HORMONES AND DOPAMINE LEVELS IN THE BRAIN. VIEIRA-POTTER BELIEVES THE LOSS OF OVARIAN
HORMONES IN POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN LEADS TO A DECLINE IN DOPAMINE SIGNALS (ACTIVITY) IN
THE BRAIN’S PLEASURE OR REWARD CENTER. “I think what my research shows is
that, that’s true, is that they’re not consuming more calories, rather there’s
just a very small drop in physical activity that happens that is not their fault but actually
changes that might occur in the brain that drive this reduced motivation to be physically
active.” M-U RESEARCHERS ENCOURAGE WOMEN ENTERING AND
FOLLOWING MENOPAUSE TO BE PROACTIVE ABOUT EXERCISE, BECAUSE THEIR BRAIN MAY BE TELLING
THEM TO SLOW DOWN. FOR ACTIVE OLDER WOMEN LIKE MESCHELLE AND
ANNIE IT’S ALL ABOUT PUSH-UPS, CHIN-UPS AND CARDIO. “I don’t feel right something is missing
if I don’t exercise I feel fantastic and I dramatically
throw myself on the floor like it was the hardest workout ever and that even makes me
feel really good too FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, TERESA SNOW
REPORTING

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