Sickness and lockdowns, facemasks and faceshields, quarantine and social distancing, vaccines and boosters…hell of years 2020-2021 for the whole world! This have brought a not-so-pleasant impact on menopausal women, and why is that? The answer is simply “weight gain”. Somemenopause women who are still working in the office before, were placed in a work-from-home set up. As a result, weight gain. Because those commutations and steps they take on weekdays going in and out of the office serve as their treadmill. Those work bags along with papers and folders and a bag of groceries at times (before going home) serve as their dumbbells.This pandemic has put a stop on the routine.Working at home setup has “froze” them to chair, sitting up 8 hours a day on their laptop, foods are just hand-reachedaway to consume anytime while working. To make things practically easy (and worse), online orders of foods have become enjoyable as compared to cooking under the heat of the kitchen. Once these savory, flavorful, delicious foods get into the tastebuds, you definitely can’t help to try for more.As a consequence, less body movement and accumulation of body fats. Postmenopausal retirees who have a regular Zumba and aerobic dance exercise have unexpectedly ended because of lockdowns and prohibitions to go out in which senior citizens were the first in the list.Generally, outdoor exercise is best achieved with companions. Most gyms, clubhouse and recreationswere in temporary closure until further notice. All these have been deprived from us by the pandemic on COVID19. Staying at home made us safe and comfortable but made us also anxious and gain extra pounds as well. Recalling inside the pandemic years, I realize the 3 things that cause the struggle nowand I identified it myself. I’m sure some of you can relate.
Now, the whole world starts reopening its doors. Establishments are fully operational. Gyms are resuming again and so are dance exercises. That means going backto gyms, Zumba, aerobic, yoga class and other sports classes in the struggle to get fit again. I, for one, is no exception. I went to the gym, have my weight and surprisingly, I am overweight for about 8 kilos according to my BMI (Body Mass Index). My only clamor is just 1 kilo is hard to shed off, how much more is 8 kilos! A real struggle! But then, nobody can help us but ourselves. Yes, we are in our 50s but its never too late to start removing the weight. As for me, just the other day I started to-
The struggle: Sticking to healthy meal
In life, we work hard to achieve what we longed for – career, family, assets, a happy life. We ought to overlook the most important framework for us to achieve these things – our bodies. Would that be possible if we don’t have a healthy body? I don’t think so. For us, menopause women, after providing for everyone for a long time, it’s time to set another lifelong journey- Fitness.