Saturday, May 15, 2010

Benefits of Exercise and Supplements in Postmenopausal Women

We just received word that 84 year old, Edna Northrup, just arrived at the Mount Everest base camp! This is living proof that women of any age can achieve whatever they set their minds to do.

Edna is a successful Usana leader, helping others maintain their health, while pursuing her hiking and boating activities. What an inspiration!

(The picture to the right isn't Edna. It's me, on an upside down Bosu ball, doing squats with a weighted ball in hand. A great exercise for balance, muscle and bone strength.)

No doubt Edna has strong bones. I'm assuming that from a February 2010, two-year Australian study that shows significant benefits to bone mineral density and other measureable results, among postmenopausal women who participate in a twice-weekly weight-bearing aerobic exercise program.

"At the end of the study, women in the exercise group experienced less than one-fourth the spinal BMD loss compared to the control group. Results were even more impressive for the hip measurement, where the exercise group saw a 9.6% improvement compared to a 4.4% loss in the controls."

There are a number of nutritional supplements that are also important for postmenopausal women. I have personally chosen the ones by Usana Health Sciences, since they are pharmaceutical grade and guaranteed for potency (what's on the label, is actually inside).

1. The Usana Essentials (Mega Antioxidants and Minerals/Co-Factors) For long-term optimal health

2. Active Calcium Plus Supports development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums. Helps maintain strong, mineral-rich bones and healthy teeth.

3. PhytoEstrin Phytoestrogens and soy isoflavones that help provide support during the post-menopausal years.

4. BiOmega Provides advanced and guaranteed levels of EPA and DHA, two long-chain omega-3 fatty acids important for healthy brain function (we all want to keep our minds working well!) BiOmega also supports sound cardiovascular health.

I use a number of other Usana products, but the ones listed here would be the four main ones I would choose for post-menopausal women. Then, there are specific products to address special health concerns.

Bottom line: Eat low glycemic meals, take your supplements, and exercise at least twice-weekly in an organized program (go for nice brisk walks on the other days). These can be the healthiest and most vibrant years of your life!

Deanna Waters 1-888-320-8250 www.ddwaters.com Committed To Your Life's Journey.

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