I am a 55 year-old woman going through menopause. The symptoms have been affecting me for the last four years. I’ve struggled with depression, weight gain, headaches, insomnia and hot flashes. I am unwilling to take any kind of prescription medication because of the long-term, harmful side-effects. I’ve tried all sorts of natural remedies, including various herbal teas and turmeric. The best treatment for menopause is regular exercise. After a strenuous workout, I am always in a better mood. I feel energized, strong and good about my accomplishment. Releasing feel-good endorphins improves my outlook and ensures a more productive day. Keeping physically active helps me to combat weight gain. As I’ve grown older, my metabolism has slowed down. I’ve had to adjust the types of food I eat and reduce the portions. I need to stay away from high fat, processed foods and sugary treats. My daily workout burns a great deal of calories and keeps my muscles strong. Because of this, I enjoy a better quality of life. I continue the hobbies I enjoy, such as gardening, riding my bicycle and playing with my grandkids. Although I still struggle with hot flashes and difficulty sleeping, I’m able to get rid of headaches through high impact aerobics. When I get up in the morning, I often deal with the consequences of exhaustion. It’s not always easy to get motivated for a demanding workout. However, once I’ve pushed myself through a high intensity routine, I always feel refreshed. I make sure to combine all different varieties of exercises, including lots of stretching, weight lifting and static holds.