The Efficacy of Exercise in Alleviating or Minimizing Menopausal Symptoms in Menopausal Women: A Review of the Literature

Cynthia Whiting, Brigham Young University - Provo
Mary Williams, Brigham Young University - Provo


Nurse practitioners should be aware of alternative treatments for menopausal women who cannot or don not want to take hormone therapy. This article reviews recent literature on how different types of exercise can relieve or alleviate menopausal symptoms in midlife women. The effects of exercise on the menopausal symptoms of vasomotor symptoms, insomnia, and the mood symptoms of depression and anxiety are evaluated. Recommendations are made based on the findings of the review.