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Nordic walking for the menopause

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The benefits of exercise at any stage of life are well documented[1]. It's estimated that 40% of adult women in the UK don't get enough exercise[4].

Exercise is known to increase the release of endorphins in the body which help us feel happy and energised. This can be particularly important during (peri)menopause when our mood, emotions and levels of motivation may fluctuate.

Regular exercise can help regulate mood and anxiety as well as improving heart health[2][3][5].

Regular exercise that raises heart rate and moves and impacts our joints is really important during the (peri)menopause since hormones, in particular estrogen which has had a protective effect in our bodies, begin to fall and leave our bodies more susceptible to illness/injury[6].

Exercise during this time has many benefits:

My one-to-one sessions focus on improving your fitness and wellbeing. Each session is designed around your specific training needs, gently building your fitness whilst walking through the beautiful countryside and parks around Bristol.


  1. Donaldson LJ. Sport and exercise: the public health challenge, British Journal of Sports Medicine 2000;34:409-410
  2. Benefits of exercise, NHS.uk 2021
  3. How to look after your mental health using exercise, Mental Health Foundation 2021
  4. Guthold R, Stevens GA, Riley LM, Bull FC. Worldwide trends in insufficient physical activity from 2001 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 358 population-based surveys with 1.9 million participants, The Lancet Sept 2018
  5. Newson L, Menopause, Depression and Anxiety, Menopause Doctor 2021
  6. P Izzicupo, M. A. D'Amico, A. Di Blasio, G. Napolitano, A. Di Baldassarre, B. Ghinassi, Nordic walking increases circulating VEGF more than traditional walking training in postmenopause, Climacteric 2017

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