The problem with this rushed approach to fitness is that the body doesn't respond to sudden exercise and unhealthy dieting in a favorable manner. In fact, people who strive to get fit at the last minute risk injuring themselves from doing too much exercise too soon. The body needs time to adapt to a new exercise program through gradual increases in duration and intensity.
There is no better time for women approaching or currently going through menopause to start or renew an exercise program. Physical activity can play an important role in counteracting many of the changes a woman experiences in her post menopausal years including the increased risk of weight gain, heart disease and bone loss. In addition to exercise, a low-fat, high fiber diet rich in calcium can also help ward off symptoms.
A properly designed exercise program for menopausal women should include aerobic, resistance and flexibility exercises to help rebuild essential muscle and bone mass post-menopause. Before hiring a personal trainer, be sure he or she is certified by a credible organization such as the American Council on Exercise.