The survey was conducted on 2606 women from Finland's population registry, representing a 52 percent response rate. All born in 1963, making them 49 years old at the time of the study. Of those, 28 percent were still menstruating regularly, 31 per cent were perimenopausal, and 23 percent had not menstruated in the past 12 months.
The menopausal status of the other 18 percent could not be determined because they were taking hormone replacement therapy.5 hours per week of moderate activity (eg, fast-paced walking) or 1.25 hours of vigorous activity (such as jogging or running), and if they also did any strength or balance training at least twice a week.
Just more than half of the participants (51 per cent) met the definition of being physically active.The less-active women were more likely to score highly for anxiety or depressed mood.Overall, the more active women had greater self-perceived health and global quality of life compared with other women their age.
Women who engage in less than the recommended amount of exercise may still see some benefits, causing the observed effect of exercise to be smaller than it really is.Women experiencing more severe symptoms, whether physical or mental, may be less likely to engage in exercise.