Restorative tai chi exercises may provide relief from menopause
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Women who enter menopause initiate an unfamiliar plateau in life, in which one chapter ends and an exciting new one begins. Of course, those who are annoyed by hot flashes and trouble sleeping may be hard pressed to see the excitement in everything. Fortunately, tai chi exercises can help them on their journey!
The hormonal shifts of menopause can have different effects on the body, including changes in energy as well as bone and muscle mass. For women who are not physically active, this can spell trouble for both the bones and joints. Weak muscles and excessive weight gain are two things that aggravate joint pain.
Nancy White, a Henry Ford Hospital sports medicine physician, suggests that menopausal women use restorative exercises to stay physically fit during the change of life.
What activities did she recommend? Yoga and tai chi, of course!
"It helps build core strength and increases blood flow," White told the Detroit Free Press. "It's very honoring to your body…You can gain core strength, and you're sort of giving your joints a little bit of a break. And usually, it can help improve sleep, which is an issue for many menopausal women."
So look for a class that teaches Dahn Yoga and tai chi exercises. These techniques can help you stay mobile and independent for years to come.