Monday, June 15, 2015
Putting the pause back into men
There are a lot of things that people don’t talk about in perceived polite company: sex, puberty, going bald, etc. Taboo subjects best ignored. But did you know that the quickest way to clear a room full of men is to loudly mention the word “menopause”?
That little word makes eyes go round, faces go red, and many a man will look for the nearest exit. Why that is I have never fully understood. The average male will be happy to talk about sex, so what is the taboo around menopause? Because all it is boys, it’s another hormonal phase in a woman’s life. It will happen to your wife or girlfriend or daughter whether you like it or not.
And don’t think as a male you are exempt. Even men are affected by this menopause. Yeah no kidding. Men call it their midlife crisis, we call it MANopause. You become restless and irritable, and start longing for the good old days. Maybe buy a Harley Davidson or sports car to prove you are not affected.
For a woman this part of her life is very important. It signals the end of her reproductive years. Just the thought of it can cause regret and depression in women who never managed to reproduce. It is also the cause for hot flushes, dry skin, and yes you guessed it, weight gain. When menopause comes to get you it will pad your hips, your bum and sometimes your stomach. Your metabolism slows down, and suddenly losing weight is no longer as easy as it was 20 years ago.
The only thing that accelerates is hair growth. Girls, you will grow hair in places you never even dreamt of. And this hair grows at a pace that would put Usain Bolt to shame. You will experience hot flushes but I find them quite nice in winter, it keeps me warm when the frost is biting.
I have been wrestling with menopause for the past 3 years. I started a bit early, and that is ok with me. And have found that the fitter I am, the less it affects me. Take a break from training and hot flushes will be haunting me every night. Stay as fit as I can possibly be and I hardly notice the difference.
I have had to change my diet. More vegetables, less snacking, watch my alcohol consumption. Because no matter how hard I train my body is determined I gain a bit of weight. Short of starvation that is exactly what is going to happen, and I’ve made peace with it.
I will continue to take this world by storm, menopause or no menopause. So boys, next time you hear this magic word stick around and listen, you might learn something!