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What types of exercise can help with your weight after menopause?

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Strength training, or a weight-resistance exercise program, helps build muscle mass and improve metabolism. Strength training also helps you maintain bone mass. Aim for 2 or 3 times a week using weight machines, dumbbells, exercise bands, yoga, or gardening.

Low-impact aerobics, like walking, swimming, cycling, tennis, and dance, are good for your heart and lungs. And National Institutes of Health review showed that people who did aerobic activities every day for 10 or more minutes had 6 fewer inches around the waistline. Exercise moderately for at least 30 minutes most, if not all, days of the week.

SOURCES:

Obesity Society: "Obesity in U.S. Adults: 2007."

Consumer Reports : "Working up a sweat helps women deal with menopause" and "Stay active and fit."

Weight Control Information Network: "Understanding Obesity."

Medscape: "Exercise, Weight Gain, and Menopause."

American Osteopathic Association: "Exercise in Post-Menopausal Women."

American Council on Fitness: "Exercise and Menopause."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Obesity Society: "Obesity in U.S. Adults: 2007."

Consumer Reports : "Working up a sweat helps women deal with menopause" and "Stay active and fit."

Weight Control Information Network: "Understanding Obesity."

Medscape: "Exercise, Weight Gain, and Menopause."

American Osteopathic Association: "Exercise in Post-Menopausal Women."

American Council on Fitness: "Exercise and Menopause."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 15, 2019

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