I do hope you all had a great Easter and those of you that are still on holiday…Go girl, enjoy!
Exercise during menopause is really important, although today I would like to concentrate on painful and stiff knees and what stretches you can do to help with these symptoms.
The reason for painful joints during menopause; there is a massive decline in Oestrogen which affects the collagen in our joints, so if you cannot take on Oestrogen then look at Oestrogen building foods, which I will cover in another newsletter…
In my job I am on my feet for around 8/10 hours a day, which I have been doing for over 20 years and before opening my studio I used to teach many classes which took its toll on my joints. So when I went to my GP he told me that what I was feeling was due to what I had put my body through, which was rather depressing to say the least!
Every day I would stretch for at least 20/30 minutes. I now only have to stretch after exercise as I have been on HRT for 5 months now and I feel 10 years younger! I am not going to talk about HRT today, but if you do have any questions related to HRT then do email me back.
I want to share with you today stretches for your knees, not only after exercise but every day if you are suffering , before doing these , please make sure your muscles are warm; walk around for at least 5 minutes before doing so, or of course any other type of cardio will do!
All of these should be performed for at least 20 seconds; you can hold them for longer which would help the pain. You can also do these as often as you like.
Use a chair for this, if you work at a desk, try and do this every hour, so walk around – get up and get some water which will be great for you also.
This will help with your painful knees.
Push your hips forward when you do this, hold onto a chair or anything else for balance.
Make sure your back t and knee are straight, if you pull the toes up towards
you then this will help stretch the calf – so you get 2 for the price of 1!
*with undertaking any new exercise regime please get the ok from your health professional or GP