Thursday, September 25, 2014

Running Through Perimenopause

10 Reasons I'm Running Through Perimenopause

By Kathy Vaughan

1. The endorphin rush from running helps to counterbalance the hormonal fluctuations and accompanying moodiness.

2. Running helps to keep weight gain from estrogen fluctuations under control.

3. Running is a weight bearing activity and thus helps to build bone density, which decreases with age and decreasing levels of estrogen.

4. Post run bliss helps to increase libido during this time of hormonal changes when there can be a decreasing sex drive.

5. Being a runner helps me keep a positive sense of self worth, especially as an empty-nester.

6. Running helps me fall asleep more easily, sleep more soundly and fall back asleep again during the night after having awakened from night sweats.

7. It is important to stay well hydrated during times of heavy night sweating and women runners understand this concept and take the concept of hydration seriously.

8. Running with other women is a healthy way to process the changes and experiences of the perimenopausal years.

9. The meditative aspect of long, slow runs is helpful in creating a sense of balance, calm and introspection during this time of mood fluctuations.

10. Putting on flirty running skorts, brightly colored arm and leg sleeves, and sporty running shoes help me channel my inner girlieness.

     So, get out there and run ladies! It's the natural way to stay in balance while our bodies adjust to the fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone brought on by perimenopause.

graphic by Ras /

1 comment:

  1. Your list is SO right on Kathy! Wish we lived closer and could do a GF run. :-)