Women wanted for study
Older Auckland women are being sought for a study looking at the effects of exercise on menopause.
University of Auckland professor Heather Smith, along with other academics and postgraduate students began a six-month study in March looking at what effects pre-menopause exercise had in the long term.
Menopause is a normal condition experienced by women when they stop menstruating, occurring between the ages of 45 and 55.
Menopause symptoms can include muscle loss and weaker bones.
The study hopes to find out if exercise before menopause could reduce these symptoms, and increase understanding of muscle changes due to exercise in middleaged women.
Smith said that, while the study had attracted a number of participants, they were still in need of women between 50 and 65 years old to volunteer.
Held at the university’s Tamaki Innovation Campus, participants learn about their muscle health and fitness with three sessions a week of physical assessments and supervised exercise sessions aimed at increasing muscle fitness.
Smith said participants would receive a summary of the findings after the study was completed.
To volunteer, contact 09 923 6889 or email email@example.com.