Your hormones tend to go crazy during both perimenopause and menopause, which can lead to weight gain, especially around the middle. Luckily, a 2015 study shows that strength and endurance workouts can help you lose weight by promoting healthy hormone levels.
But for some women that’s not enough, says Scinta. While low estrogen levels can contribute to weight gain, testosterone deficiencies can make it harder to build muscle and boost your metabolism, she says.
If you experience symptoms from too-low levels of estrogen and testosterone following menopause, like weight gain (duh), acne, thinning hair, loss of libido, and severe hot flashes and vaginal dryness, talk to your doctor about having your hormone levels checked. Once you shore up any potential hormone imbalances, you’ll be able to get more out of every workout.
K. Aleisha Fetters, M.S., C.S.C.S., is Chicago-based certified strength and conditioning specialist, training clients both in-person and online.
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