Why running is so beneficial for older women
(CAROLEE BELKIN WALKER, THE WASHINGTON POST)
Just as some things in life get easier with age, inevitably, other things get harder.
Important things, like regenerating bone density. It’s not exactly the hottest new trend for looking and feeling young and healthy in our 50s, but it should be.
For many women, finding ways to regenerate bone density in our 20s and into our later years isn’t always intuitive or even something we think much about.
That’s when running, even into the post-menopause years, and other high-impact and weight-bearing forms of exercise can be crucial, says Ranit Mishori, a professor of family medicine at Georgetown University’s School of Medicine.
Although women aren’t considered to be in menopause until they’ve gone 12 months without a period, according to the National Institute on Aging, most women begin the transition to menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, and the process can last seven to 14 years.
That’s because a key factor in menopause is the gradual decrease in some hormone levels, especially estrogen, Mishori says. This decrease in hormone levels begins as a woman approaches the end of her childbearing years, typically in her 40s. Estrogen levels can drop so slowly that many women, distracted and busy with children at home and active in their careers, might not notice the changes until menopause or even post menopause when symptoms such as hot flashes, weight gain and insomnia become most prominent … READ FULL ARTICLE IN THE WINNIPEG SUN