“Diseases and weight gain associated with metabolic dysfunction skyrocket after menopause. The intent of this research was to determine what role exercise plays in protecting women, specifically less-active women, metabolically as they go through menopause.”
For the study, researchers compared how exercise training maintained metabolic function in sedentary rats versus highly active rats.
50-percent Fat Reduction
The rats had access to a running wheel, which they could use as much or as little as they wanted. The sedentary rats only ran 1/5th of the distance as the highly active rats did; yet, the limited physical activity still maintained their metabolic function and normalized insulin levels.
Moreover, the previously sedentary rats saw a 50-percent reduction in their fat tissue as a result of that small amount of exercise.
“These findings suggest that any physical activity, even just a small amount, can do wonders in terms of maintaining metabolic function,” Vieira-Potter says. “This is significant for postmenopausal women as they deal with weight gain associated with menopause as well as the increased risk for disease.”
Sedentary women can be proactive as they enter menopause by doing a variety of simple things: