In­tense ap­proach to menopause

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By CAITLIN TILLER

A NEW pro­gram based in Mos­man Park is help­ing women to over­come menopausal symp­toms through high-in­ten­sity ex­er­cise.

Ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist Katie Ste­wart works along­side doc­tors and spe­cial­ists to de­liver the eight-week pro­gram aimed to re­lieve symp­toms for menopausal and peri-menopausal women.

“Once women are over 41-42 they are com­pletely sus­cep­ti­ble to peri-menopauses and they can spend 6-8 years suf­fer­ing from menopausal symp­toms,” Mrs Ste­wart said.

“This can in­clude cog­ni­tive de­cline, sweats, sleep de­pri­va­tion and weight gain be­cause of a change in hor­mones.”

Mrs Ste­wart, who also lives in Mos­man Park, said the pro­gram was a re-education process that used a phys­i­o­log­i­cal ap­proach.

“It all comes back to phys­i­ol­ogy and high- in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing, which chal­lenges the sys­tem to its phys­i­cal max­i­mum to re­bal­ance the cel­lu­lar sys­tem,” she said.

Mrs Ste­wart said anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion were of­ten part of menopause.

“High- in­ten­sity ex­er­cise is ex­tremely con­nected with men­tal health im­prove­ment,” she said.

“The mus­cles have strong feed­back with the en­docrine (or hor­mone) sys­tem and the pro­gram re­bal­ances the sys­tem.”

Sue, from Swan­bourne, started the pro­gram in Novem­ber and said she had no­ticed a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence.

“Last win­ter I was wak­ing up with sweats and I was sleep­de­prived and grumpy,” she said.

“Once I got into the ‘run free’ pro­gram my sleep im­proved and the hot flushes be­came less fre­quent.”

A self-pro­claimed couch potato, Sue said she knew it was im­por­tant to keep on top of ex­er­cise to reap the ben­e­fits.

“It’s about get­ting that sup­port and hav­ing the knowl­edge to warm up the right way and know how to pre­pare for the short, sharp bursts of ex­er­cise.”

The Heal­ing Tree’s menopause pro­gram starts Fe­bru­ary 8 and 22.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d448710

Ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist Katie Ste­wart with client Sue.

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