Exercise and Menopause – FAQ’s
Exercise and Menopause – FAQ’s

Many women have lots of questions about exercise and menopause. Check out our answers to commonly asked questions below 👇.


What are the benefits of exercise during menopause?

  • Exercise during menopause can help manage weight, improve mood, alleviate symptoms such as hot flashes and sleep disturbances, maintain bone density, reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes, and enhance overall quality of life.


What types of exercise are most beneficial during menopause?

  • Aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming, cycling, and dancing, as well as strength training, flexibility and balance exercises, are all beneficial during menopause. Incorporating a variety of exercises can help improve cardiovascular health, muscle strength, and flexibility.


How does menopause affect bone health, and how can exercise help?

  • During menopause, declining oestrogen levels can lead to bone loss and an increased risk of osteoporosis. Weight-bearing exercises such as strength training can help maintain bone density and reduce the risk of fractures. If you join EduFIT at Home, you will have access to 24+ live exercise classes per month. For bone health, we recommend our ‘Strength & Tone’ and ‘BodyWell’ exercise classes.


Are there any exercises that should be avoided during menopause?

  •  Generally, there are no exercises that need to be avoided specifically due to menopause. However, women should listen to their bodies and avoid exercises that cause pain or discomfort. High-impact exercises may be less suitable for women with joint issues or osteoporosis so we would recommend lower-impact exercises for this. EduFIT at Home is suitable for beginners through to advanced levels of fitness as you can choose the level (level 1, level 2, level 3) of each exercise in each class that suits you. This gives you lots of options to work with your body and progress over time.  It is important to focus on what we CAN do 😊.


How does menopause affect weight management and body composition?

  • Menopause can lead to changes in metabolism and distribution of body fat, often resulting in weight gain, particularly around the stomach area. Regular exercise, along with a healthy balanced diet, can help manage weight and maintain muscle mass.


Can exercise help alleviate menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings?

  • Yes, exercise can help alleviate menopause symptoms by improving mood, reducing stress, and promoting better sleep. While it may not eliminate symptoms entirely, regular physical activity can often provide relief.


Is it safe to start a new exercise routine during menopause?

  • Yes, it is generally safe to start a new exercise routine during menopause. However, it’s advisable to start gradually and consult with a healthcare provider, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns. If you join EduFIT at Home you will be in safe hands! our clinical exercise physiologist Dr Diane Cooper will review your screening form and provide specific advice to you if needed.


How often should I exercise during menopause?

  • It is recommended to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise per week, along with muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days per week.


What are some tips for staying motivated to exercise during menopause?

  • Finding activities you enjoy, exercising with friends or family, setting realistic goals, tracking progress, varying your routine, and focusing on the positive benefits of exercise can help maintain motivation.



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