Adrien Cotton, MASTER Menopause NOW!

3 Mindset Hacks to ENJOY Working Out and Find Menopause Relief

With the busyness of the holidays, making time to exercise may be the last thing you want to do. Even though you know how important it is for your body, it may feel like a chore these days. With errands to run, work to complete, and family and friends to care for, it seems like there is never enough time to prioritize exercise. And, if you have downtime, you probably want to relax on the couch. (Especially as we move into the colder months!)

Even when we’re busy – especially when we’re busy – movement is critical for our wellness during perimenopause and menopause. Our bodies depend on quality movement that fosters strength, mobility, and cardiovascular health. There’s no way around it.

Since exercise is a necessity, our exercise should be enjoyable. Wouldn’t you prefer to embrace your workout instead of dreading it?

Movement For Menopause Relief

After struggling to feel strong in my body at the start of my perimenopausal journey, I researched and worked with the top experts to discover what happens to women’s bodies in midlife and how to optimize our wellness during this inevitable phase. I also discovered the best ways to move our bodies and learned that it’s not punishment-style cardio. It’s time for movement that honors our bodies and makes us feel good.

Think of it this way: We are ALL athletes – in life. While our playing field may look like a desk or a driver’s seat, we need our bodies to be strong and able to handle anything that comes our way.

To achieve the strength that we need, we must redefine our relationship with exercise and kickstart a journey to feel good in our bodies.

We can redefine our relationship by shifting our mindsets and re-evaluating the “conventional wisdoms” about wellness that limit our potential.

Here are the top 3 mindset hacks for menopause relief I share with my clients:

  1. Value strength over thinness. As we age, being strong and properly fueled is more important than ever. We need strength for all that life has to offer. And did you know that strength training burns calories too? Double win!
  2. Your body is different than it was in your twenties. It’s time to adjust your wellness routine. During midlife, our bodies are different, and the way we move has to change as well. We need to honor our bodies for all they are, instead of treating them as we did in the past. Our hormones are different, our metabolism is different, and the way we respond to movement is different. We need to adjust our fueling and movement strategies to prevent injury, boost mobility, and increase wellness.
  3. Cardio is not the most important facet of wellness. Did you know that during midlife, the cortisol (stress hormone) released during high-intensity workouts will only make us gain or hold onto unwanted weight? Leaving difficult and overwhelming workouts and opting for getting 7-7.5 hours of sleep, reducing your stress, participating in low-impact quality movement, fueling your body properly, and managing your calendar will support you on your journey to wellness and weight loss. Yes, intense calorie restriction can be a thing of the past, too.

A positive movement mindset can have a profound effect on our wellness and make movement something to look forward to even during our busy December days.

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