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Eating Right for Menopause
Endometriosis and Exercise
Flying and Pregnancy: Do's and Don'ts
Spring Into Fitness!

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Due to lowering hormone levels and the natural aging process, many women find it harder to keep extra pounds off in their 40s and 50s. Often women lose muscle and gain fat, mainly in the belly area. Lifestyle factors come into play, too - menopausal women tend to be less active and eat more calories than they need.


Health Risks Associated with Menopausal Weight Gain

Let's face it: When we gain weight, we don't feel good. It can be uncomfortable and cause low self-esteem. But that's not all. Weight gain is related to health issues including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and insulin resistance (a condition in which your body cannot use insulin correctly, which can lead to diabetes).


Avoiding a "Midlife Metabolic Crisis"

Plan for your body's natural metabolic slowdown. As with any time in life, there are no quick fixes when it comes to weight loss. There are, however, ways to avoid a midlife crisis when it comes to a slowing metabolism.


Be physically active. Adults should do at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. Exercise doesn't have to mean a trip to the gym. You can be active doing daily activities. Take the stairs; park further away from your destination and walk; garden; or dance.


Eat Right. Foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories.If you drink alcohol, limit yourself to one drink a day.


Avoid oversized portions. Try using a smaller plate, bowl and glass. Cook more often at home where you are in control of what's in your food. When eating out, choose lower calorie menu options. Choose dishes that include vegetables, fruits and whole grains.


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March 2015 

Think Spring!


With the official arrival of spring later this month, there's no better time to "spring" into action by renewing your commitment to your health and well-being.    


March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month, a disease that affects 5.5 million U.S. girls and women, and over 70 million females worldwide. If you've been diagnosed with endometriosis, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to feel better besides taking medication. Healthy nutrition and exercise play an important role in maintaining overall health. Regular exercise lowers the amount of estrogen in the body. Since the goal of endometriosis treatment is to lower estrogen levels, be sure to read Endometriosis and Exercise to learn how you can help improve your endo symptoms.     


Speaking of fitness, you're soon to gain an extra hour of daylight thanks to Daylight Savings (don't forget to turn your clocks ahead on Sunday, March 8th). Use this time to your advantage -- more hours of daylight means more opportunities to start shedding those unwanted winter pounds. Get started by reading Spring into Fitness.


This time of year is the most popular month for a quick get-away. But when you're pregnant, you may be wondering when - and if - it's safe to fly. If you've already made travel plans, you don't have to rush to change them just because you're pregnant, but you'll want to read, Flying and Pregnancy: Do's and Don'ts for more information and helpful hints.    


We look forward to spring because it marks the end of cold weather and signals the beginning of new life. And if you're anything like us, you look forward to the season's best foods. Since March is also designated as National Nutrition Month, this is a time to take care of yourself by making healthy lifestyle choices. Eating Right for Menopause explains the types of foods you should - and shouldn't - be eating to help make this midlife transition easier.


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Endometriosis and Exerciseendo

exercise-outfit-woman.jpg Endometriosis is a disorder caused when the lining of your uterus, known as your endometrium, grows outside of the uterus. Symptoms may include pelvic pain, especially during your period, pain during intercourse, a frequent need to urinate, excess bleeding during your period or between periods and infertility. Endometriosis is typically treated with drugs, hormone therapy and, in some cases, surgery. According to the Center for Young Women's Health at the Boston Children's Hospital, exercise may help improve your symptoms.


How Exercise Helps

According to the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, women who exercise have a decreased risk of developing endometriosis. This may be due to the fact that regular exercise decreases the amount of estrogen your body produces. Endometriosis is a condition that is considered to be estrogen-dependent. Additionally, exercise promotes circulation and releases endorphins, which are pain-relieving, "feel good" chemicals manufactured in your brain. The Center for Young Women's Health at the Boston Children's Hospital suggests that these two benefits can improve endometriosis symptoms by decreasing pain and promoting the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients to your entire body by your bloodstream.


Scientific Evidence

One study published in the January 2003 issue of the "American Journal of Epidemiology" by researchers Preet K. Dhillon and Victoria L. Holt states that women who participate in regular, high-intensity physical activity have a 75 percent reduction in the risk of developing endometriosis as compared to women who did not participate in any form of exercise. Irregular performance of activity or low-intensity exercise was not associated with a reduced risk. High-intensity exercises such as running, biking, swimming and playing tennis are beneficial for reducing your symptoms.


Kegel Exercises

Kegel exercises strengthen your pelvic muscles. According to Robert H. Phillips, the founder of the Center for Coping, and registered nurse Glenda Motta in their book, "Coping with Endometriosis," Kegel exercises can help with certain symptoms of endometriosis, such as the need for frequent urination and bladder issues.

To perform these exercises, empty your bladder. Sit or lie down. Locate your pelvic muscles, which are the muscles you use to stop the flow of urination. Contract these muscles for a count of 10. You should feel an inner lifting towards your rectum. Release and repeat for 10 minutes, three times daily.



Consult your doctor before beginning a physical activity program, especially if you are new to exercise or have been leading a sedentary lifestyle. Don't immediately start with a high-intensity program. Instead, start with low-intensity exercises such as walking and work your way up to higher-intensity exercises as your body becomes accustomed to regular exercise.


Source: Livestrong 

Flying and Pregnancy: Do's and Don'tsflying 

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), healthy pregnant women can fly safely until their 36th week. The best time for pregnant women to fly is between weeks 18 and 24, since the chances of miscarriage and premature labor are both relatively low then. So if you've already made travel plans, you don't have to rush to change them just because you're pregnant - but read on for more information and helpful hints.  


Don't be concerned about walking through the metal detector at the airport - it's not an x-ray device, and it's safe for you and your baby. Also, there's no real risk of dangerous exposure to electromagnetic radiation from the sun while flying at high altitudes; the level of exposure under these circumstances isn't significantly greater than normal everyday background radiation. If you're flying during your first trimester and have been suffering from morning sickness, you may be particularly susceptible to nausea while airborne. Request an aisle or bulkhead seat when booking your ticket, just in case you need to rush to the bathroom - this is a good idea at any point during pregnancy, since it's likely you'll have to use the toilet during the flight.  


Easy mobility is also recommended to avoid circulation problems, an issue for all airborne passengers and of added concern during pregnancy. Take regular stretching and walking breaks during the flight. Walk around the cabin, and flex your feet and roll your ankles while in your seat.   

Wearing compression stockings will help keep the blood moving in your legs, and always wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing while traveling.


Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, even those this will mean yet more trips to the bathroom. Unless you're out of your seat to walk around or u

se the bathroom, the ACOG recommends that pregnant women keep their seatbelts fastened at all times, to be prepared if turbulence occurs. Even if you're having a letter-perfect pregnancy, check with your obstetrician or heath care provider, to see if he or she has any pre-flight recommendations or warnings. Once onboard, if you feel unwell or like you're having contractions, notify the flight attendants immediately, in case arrangements have to be made for an emergency landing.  


A woman experiencing a high-risk pregnancy or one who has had any notable complications should not travel at any time while pregnant. Flying itself may be safe, but an airborne plane miles from solid ground (not to mention a hospital or doctor's office!) is not where you want to be should a problem occur. Pregnant women suffering from sickle cell disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), cardiovascular issues, problematic diabetes, severe anemia or placental abnormalities should not fly, nor should a woman who is at risk for premature labor.  


Furthermore, once a woman reaches her 36th week of pregnancy, the ACOG recommends that she shouldn't fly, as there is too great a risk of her going into labor during the journey. If you have to fly close to your due date, be sure to bring a copy of your medical records, in case something happens, and you should also ask your health care provider for a medical referral at your destination city. When making your flight reservations, check with the airlines, as some have their own restrictions about pregnant women. It's possible that you might have to bring a "permission"-style note from your doctor in order to board the plane, so be sure to make arrangements to get one before your departure date.


Most importantly, when in doubt, be sure to check with your OB/GYN.   

Source: Just Mommies


Spring Into Fitness!spring

When spring comes and the weather gets warmer, many people start peeling of the clothes and decide that it's time to get serious about exercise. The most important thing to remember is that small changes go a long way toward achieving your goals.  


Just because you are committed to an exercise program does not mean that you cannot have fun while you do it.



Begin by holding yourself accountable for your goals. If you tell people, whose thoughts and opinions you respect, about your goals, you will be more likely to stick to them. Having both short- and long-term goals can help to keep you in check as you progress. A short-term goal might be losing five to 10 pounds in a month to wear a bikini at the beach. In the long term, you might try a fitness competition, train for a marathon or finally develop those "six-pack" abs before next spring comes around.



Warming up properly prevents injury, but it also helps you get a better workout.  One example is doing five to 10 minutes of cardiovascular exercise before your workout.  


Another warm-up is doing light sets of exercises before moving on to heavier poundage. There is no sense putting all the effort into getting in shape if you get injured because you were too lazy to warm up properly. A muscle pull or strain can keep you indoors out of the warm spring weather.


Lift Weights

Adding weight training to your exercise program can help you burn more fat.  Not only do you burn calories while lifting weights, but for up to 48 hours afterward.  


Free weights will give you the best results, however, machines and resistance bands are a good alternative if you are too intimidated by the gym atmosphere. Get some resistance bands and a pair of dumbbells and head outdoors to get a good workout in the spring sunshine. Try to remember the sunscreen, even if it's still in the 50's-60's temperature-wise.



Doing your cardiovascular exercise after your weight lifting can help you to burn more fat.  You do not need to be on a treadmill in a dark gym to burn calories. Instead, you can get out and participate in outdoor activities that you enjoy.  


Thirty minutes a day of walking, jogging, cycling or playing recreational sports should provide you with all the cardio you need. However, if you feel you have a lot of weight to lose you might double up and do cardio twice a day for five days a week.




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