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(HealthNewsDigest.com).. SAN DIEGO, Aug. 22 -- Menopause or "the change" is a turning point in every woman's life that brings uncomfortable and sometimes lasting effects on a woman's body. The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's nonprofit fitness authority, recognizes "National Menopause Awareness Month" in September and shares good news that regular physical activity and a balanced diet can help manage many symptoms and health concerns associated with menopause.
"There's no better time for women approaching or currently going through menopause to start or renew an exercise program," said Sabrena Newton, M.S., ACE-certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. "Physical activity can play an important role in counteracting many of the changes a woman experiences in her post menopausal years including the increased risk of weight gain, heart disease and bone loss. In addition to exercise, a low-fat, high fiber diet rich in calcium can also help ward off symptoms."
Exercise plays a key role in making the transition through menopause easier and in enhancing health, happiness and productivity during the second half of life. Physical activity helps to:
* Reduce and prevent symptoms such as hot flashes, loss of vaginal and bladder control, joint pain, anxiety, irritability, depression and more * Lessen the risk of common health concerns including osteoporosis, heart disease and weight gain * Enhance and increase a woman's strength, stamina, flexibility and energy in addition to helping improve overall mental outlook
Read more about how exercise can help combat the symptoms of menopause at http://www.acefitness.org/fitfacts/fitfacts\_display.aspx?itemid.
"A properly designed exercise program for menopausal women should include aerobic, resistance and flexibility exercises to help rebuild essential muscle and bone mass post-menopause," said Newton. "Before hiring a personal trainer, be sure he or she is certified by a credible organization such as the American Council on Exercise."
The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's Authority on Fitness, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. As the nation's "workout watchdog," ACE sponsors university-based exercise science research and testing that targets fitness products and trends. ACE sets standards for fitness professionals and is the world's largest nonprofit fitness certifying organization. For more information on ACE and its programs, call (800) 825-3636 or log onto the ACE Web site at www.acefitness.org.
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