Menopause and weight bearing exercise – Episode 25

It’s our Silver Jubilee episode! Yes that’s right The Better Ageing Podcast is 25 episodes old.

In this episode we’re discussing the transitional phase of life for all women; menopause. In particular we take a look at some of the lesser known physical changes during menopause including reducing bone density and weight gain, and how exercise and diet can help mitigate these changes.

Jason discusses the role physiotherapists can play and how, in particular, weight bearing exercise is important to improve bone density and reduce the risk of falls and unexplained fractures. Jason then goes on to give us some easy to follow at home exercises that can help.

As always, we hope this episode helps you better understand your own health and wellbeing.

As mentioned in the episode below, here are some helpful links for more information about menopause:

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Show notes/ topics covered:

0:18 – Welcome 
1:28 – Introduction to menopause 
2:43 – Physical aspects of menopause 
4:55 – How health professionals can help 
6:14 – Diet, exercise and sleep 
7:43  – How can a physio help? 
10:35 – Thinking about your bone health 
11:55 – Weight bearing exercises to try 
13:29 – A final reminder 

About the experts: 

Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 

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