Menopause begets its concurrent hormonal changes in the body, we all know that. But according to a recent research, scientists also found that it has the capability to crush one’s motivation to exercise. The study was reported by a leading English Daily and conducted on rats, not females.
A team at the University of Missouri has identified a link between ovarian hormones and dopamine levels in the brain that make exercise feel so good. This can lead to a new study to help women treat their lethargy.
According to Dr Victoria Vieira-Potter, who is specialized in nutrition and exercise physiology at MU, Postmenopausal women are more susceptible to weight gain and health issues.
Menopause tends to hit the female body by early 50s and it can even cause mood swings, depression and anxiety. In many cases, it also affects a woman's drive to move, and many women may gain weight during this time.
In order to examine all these bodily changes the study tracked physical activity of rats, some of which were physically fit and some that were not. Physical activity is recommended at all stages of life and whenever possible people should find some time for their bodies.