Whether you're speeding through a park, taking a relaxed stroll, or just dancing in your living room, there's no denying the magic of movement. As a certified health and run coach with a menopause specialization, I've seen first-hand the incredible transformation that a little hop, skip, or jog can bring to one's mental well-being, especially during the tumultuous times of menopause. More importantly, as a woman experiencing the roller coaster of perimenopause, I can say firsthand that boosting my mental health through movement during menopause has been a game-changer.
Neuroplasticity: Your Brain's Superpower!
Let's start with a fancy term you might have encountered – neuroplasticity. No, it's not the latest yoga trend! Neuroplasticity refers to the brain's ability to reorganize and adapt by forming new neural connections. Think of it as your brain's gym membership! When you get moving, whether it's through a brisk walk or a high-intensity run, you're not just toning your muscles, but you're also giving your brain a solid workout. This helps it stay flexible and adaptive, a must-have during the menopausal phase when everything feels a bit topsy-turvy.
Lactate Threshold: Foggy Brain's Worst Enemy!
Brain fog. We've all been there. One moment, you're on top of everything, and the next,
you've forgotten where you placed your keys (spoiler alert: check the fridge).
Research has shown that pushing your lactate threshold – during intense exercise when you feel "the burn" – can play a role in enhanced cognition. Not only does this kind of workout improve cardiovascular health, but it also releases a cocktail of neurotransmitters and growth factors that sharpen mental clarity. So, the next time the fog sets in, remember that a quick, intense workout might be the sunshine your brain needs.
Gentle Walks & Conversation Pace: The Mood Elevators
Let's be real. Not every day is for smashing personal records. Sometimes, a gentle walk or a light jog at a conversational pace is just what the doctor ordered, especially when serotonin levels start to dip as we go through menopause. Engaging in these milder forms of exercise can be therapeutic. They help stimulate the release of serotonin, known as the "feel-good" neurotransmitter. Think of it as nature's very own mood enhancer! Plus, there's something magical about engaging in deep conversations or getting lost in thoughts while moving gently. It's meditative, and in the tumult of menopausal changes, it's a haven of peace and positivity.
Menopause is a marathon, not a sprint.
But no matter how you choose to move – be it sprinting, strolling, or simply swaying to your favorite tune – know that every step is a stride towards better mental health and overall well-being.
Hungry for more tips and tidbits about navigating the menopausal maze with grace, style, and a spring in your step?
About Me: I'm Christine. Once a corporate whirlwind, I ventured into the heartwarming nonprofit world. It was rewarding, but a whisper inside told me there was an even greater impact to be made.
Enter the world of movement. After decking out my wall with certifications (yep, including that special GGS-Menopause Specialist one!), I embarked on a mission. A mission to empower women like you, especially those navigating the unique challenges of perimenopause and menopause.
Let's face it: You're often the superstar who places everyone else's needs before your own. As your coach, I aim to shift that narrative. Through the magic of running, we'll build not just your physical strength, but also bolster your mental and emotional resilience.
Whether you're lacing up for the first time or have countless miles under your belt, let's shine and stride together.