1. September 2010 10:56
Well I believe brisk walking is the answer. I am a huge fan and since dumping my gym work-outs in favour of a regular ’45 minute power walk’ I feel fitter, lighter and yes more alive too!
The latest report from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) suggests that well over a third of all cancers could be prevented by adjusting lifestyle factors such as doing more exercise. Henry Scowcroft, from Cancer Research UK says, ‘You don’t have to be an athlete to reduce your cancer risk. There’s solid evidence that certain cancers – including breast and bowel – are less common in people who do regular, moderate exercise such as brisk walking.’
But we all know that it’s so hard to get motivated even knowing this cancer protection benefit – it’s so far in the future (hopefully) and there’s always something more important to do. So, I suggest you concentrate on the short-term benefits – after a couple of weeks of regularly brisk walking you will begin to notice an improved sense of wellbeing, increased energy levels, clearer thoughts and perhaps more interest in the bedroom. These benefits are all as a result of the increased heart rate and blood flow that takes place when we do any form of exercise that gets out of breath, hot and sweaty.
I swear by my Polar heart rate monitor to help me walk at the right speed – as a 51 year old women I aim for 128/132 heart rate for 45+ minutes, three times a week. This gives me a good cardio-vascular and resistance workout all in one and helps to maintain my weight. (If you want to buy a similar heart rate monitor you can visit our shop at www.menopausesupport.org.uk where all our shop profits are used to support more women going through the menopause.)