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Kathy Smith's Moving Through Menopause
by Kathy Smith
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Warner, 2002 (2002)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Fitness expert Kathy Smith gives us a 'how to' manual on coping with menopause - wise, common sense advice, leavened with humor and inspiring suggestions on how to take control of the process. The author's uplifting attitude comes through from the very first chapter, 'A Change for the Better'. While Kathy Smith brings in her own experience, this is an inclusive book that addresses different approaches and objectives, in subjects that range from HRT to women's sexuality.

Topics include: how to recognize menopause; symptoms and self-assessment; how to maintain sexual health; longer term health risks and their amelioration; strength training in midlife to fortify bones (about a third of the book consists of strength training exercises along with photos showing proper techniques); the importance of cardiovascular exercise and how to make walking an aerobic activity; rejuvenation techniques, such as meditation and yoga (yoga exercises are also illustrated); healthy eating habits, including recommended quantities; and HRT options and tradeoffs. There is even a one page summary 'Menopausal Survival Guide' for men!

I enjoyed the chapter quotes, especially Doris Day's comment that 'The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it.' But what I particularly appreciated about this book was its positive approach to mid-life ... 'let the journey be an adventure. Be grateful for the uncertainty you feel, for uncertainty is just another name for possibility.' Whether you're approaching the menopause tunnel, or have come out the other end of it, Kathy Smith's Moving Through Menopause will shine some light in the darkness.

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