Yet another medical study has shown that walking has tremendous health benefits. A study out of Temple University in Philadelphia published in the January 2006 edition of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention found a significant correlation between walking and a reduction in menopausal symptoms.
The study found that women who normally suffer from stress, anxiety or depression because of menopause can benefit greatly from a regular walking program. The research team focused on 380 women with an average age of 42 for a period of eight years.
The study placed the women in three groups. The first tier walked for a a minimum of 90 minutes five times a week. The second tier walked only forty minutes daily and the control group only 15 minutes daily.
At the end of the study those women in the top tier group reported a significantly higher reduction in stress and levels and even more importantly measured higher in overall mental well being.
Walking ofcourse is a great way to battle the addition of fat in women after menopause as well. In addition walking is also one of the best exercises to combat osteoporosis leading up to and after the period of menopause.
According to the Mayo Health Clinic walking has the following benefits for women during and after menopause:
1. Promotes weight loss and prevents weight gain.
2. Reduces the risk of breast cancer.
3. Strengthens bones reducing risk of osteoporosis.
4. Reduces risk of many other diseases including Type 2 Diabetes.
5. Battles depression and boosts mood.
While physical exercise has not been shown to reduce the incidence of hot flashes from the list above it is obvious that women who can spend their work day walking at a treadmill desk will be much healthier and happier as a result.