In addition to your standard daily routine, the onset of perimenopause symptoms brings about another aspect of life which you need to take a bit of time out of your day to manage in order to reduce its impact on your life.
As we grow older exercise becomes a key factor in helping the aging process go as smoothly as it can, with perimenopause symptoms being one of the early signs that your body needs more care. Aside from keeping your joints and muscles strong, weight loss, and improving your overall health, exercise has many other benefits which can help reduce your perimenopause symptoms including relieving stress and anxiety. Exercise also helps your body better prepare for your menopause years by lowering your risk of osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, heart attack, and other cardiovascular diseases.
We at Very Private know how hard it is to find time to exercise each day so to help you stay fit and reduce your perimenopause symptoms we are sharing a 5 minute workout you can do anywhere. No equipment is needed, but a workout interval timer would be helpful (you should be able to find an app that works for you from the many that are available).
Step 1: Get on the floor and assume the standard pushup position. Move your right knee up slowly to touch your right elbow and then return your right foot to the floor. Repeat on the left side and keep alternating for 1 minute. After you have been doing this for a bit, you can start bringing each knee up to the opposite elbow for more of an impact.
Step 2: Lay flat on your back with your arms by your side. Slide your feet up so they are a few inches in front of your knees. Keep your feet and arms flat on the floor and raise your hips up off the floor as you squeeze your butt muscles. Slowly bring your hips back to the floor and repeat for 1 minute.
Step 3: Sit on the floor with your feet flat a few inches in front of you. Place your hands palms flat a few inches behind you. Slowly raise your hips a few inches up from the floor while keeping your elbows bent and you feet and palms on the floor. Lower your hips back to the floor slowly and repeat for 1 minute.
Step 4: Assume the "modified" pushup position (knees on the floor instead of feet, and feet lifted behind you). Place your hands close together so that your two index fingers and thumbs touch forming a diamond shape. Slowly lower yourself to a few inches from the floor and then push yourself back up. Repeat for 1 minute.
Step 5: Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Raise your arms out straight in front of you with your palms facing down then raise your right leg in front of you about 6 inches from the floor. Slowly lower yourself down a bit by bending your left knee while keeping your arms raised and your right leg off the floor, then raise yourself back up to standing position. Repeat with the left leg lifted off the floor and alternate for 1 minute.
By taking just 5 minutes each day to exercise you will feel better and help alleviate some of your perimenopause symptoms. Even a quick daily exercise routine will have a positive impact in your life and help keep your body healthy now and after your perimenopause symptoms have ended.