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Menopause and Exercise

Bushman, Barbara A. Ph.D., FACSM

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: May/June 2013 - Volume 17 - Issue 3 - p 4–7
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e31828cb232
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I’m 52 years old, and my menstrual cycles stopped about 14 months ago. Although “the change” has been relatively uneventful, I do experience some hot flashes (during the day and at night) and I feel more irritable and moody. ’ve been relatively healthy to this point in my life, and I want to remain healthy for years to come. After consulting with my physician, I have elected not to use hormone therapy. Can exercise benefit me with regard to my health and fitness?

Barbara A. Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor at Missouri State University. She holds four ACSM certifications: Program Director, Clinical Exercise Specialist, Health Fitness Specialist, and Personal Trainer. Dr. Bushman has authored papers related to menopause, factors influencing exercise participation, and deep water run training; she authored ACSM’s Action Plan for Menopause (Human Kinetics, 2005), edited ACSM’s Complete Guide to Fitness & Health (Human Kinetics, 2011) and promotes health/fitness at

Disclosure: The author declares no conflict of interest and does not have any financial disclosures.

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