RUN THROUGH PREGNANCY AND THE MENOPAUSE
As long as you’ve had the go-ahead from your doctor, you can carry on enjoying your training and boost your health during these transformative life stages
RAISE A PRODIGY
Experts at the University of Kentucky have reported that the offspring of women who ran throughout their pregnancy developed better stress resistance, faster metabolism and improved insulin sensitivity, even into adulthood.
EXERCISE IS THE KEY
Continuing or even starting to run as you approach the menopause can significantly lower your chances of developing metabolic syndrome, according to experts from South Korea’s genetic epidemiologic survey. The syndrome can predispose sufferers to heart disease and diabetes, but women who are regularly active have a significantly reduced risk of developing it.
Excessive maternal weight gain can put you at risk of gestational diabetes, but running regularly as you embrace your bump can alleviate the risk. Research from Virgen de la Luz Hospital found mothers who exercised were on average a kilogram lighter than their non-running counterparts, even if they didn’t start training until their second trimester.
DON’T SLOW DOWN
Exercising through the menopause helps to keep you trim and in tip-top condition for life-long running, American scientists have proven. University of Missouri health experts have completed a study to determine the effects of exercise on maintaining a healthy metabolism, which can help reduce fat tissue and normalise insulin levels.