Being ready for menopause doesn't mean waiting in a fortress-like lookout tower and expecting it to be charging at you from over the horizon. The signs of menopause can be both subtle and blatantly obvious and how you handle it will have a lot to do with how you've prepared.

Too many women ignore the benefits of gaining good knowledge about menopause symptoms during their younger years; dismissing it as irrelevant at that stage of their lives and failing to realize that life passes you by quickly.

When the big "M" finally comes knocking at your door, will you be able to handle everything it throws at you?

Preparing For Signs Of Menopause

So what can you do to prepare for the most significant change in a women's life? Well, preparation is a combination of mental and physical activities. Let's take a look a some of the ways you can diminish the shock value of menopause when it arrives:

1. Prepare mentally. This basically means knowing as much about it as you can without becoming obsessed. It's simply a matter of sitting down with your doctor and discussing the signs of menopause, treatment options and the effect it can have on you and those around you.

2. Be in good shape physically. This is so important. Exercise is helpful in many ways including preventing the rapid onset onset of osteoporosis.

3. Exercise can come in many forms. It can be regular walking, 3-4 sessions a week at the gym for both cardio and weight training, yoga and tai chi, swimming, cycling, dancing or simply being active in a team sport.

4. Your diet during your 30's is vital to handling the signs of menopause. Foods rich in calcium should form a staple part of your diet and as a means to strengthening bones. After the age of 30, a woman experiences regular bone loss and while it's only minute each year, it can add up to significant levels by the time she reaches 50.

5. Eating healthy to maintain healthy bones is not the only reason. Heart disease can be a major factor for a woman in her late forties and onwards and combining healthy eating with regular exercise can significantly lower any risk of problems settling in.

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