Exercises to Help Eliminate Menopausal Belly Bloat  

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 Many women experience changes in their bodies during menopause, including increased abdominal bloating and weight gain. In this article, we delve into the challenges of menopausal belly and bloating, hormonal influences, and effective workouts to achieve a toned and strong midsection during this stage of life. Let’s get started! 

Understanding Menopausal Belly Bloat 

Menopausal belly and bloating refer to the discomfort and distension experienced by women during menopause, which is triggered by hormonal fluctuations and changes in metabolism. With declining estrogen levels, fat redistributes from the hips and thighs to the abdominal area, leading to increased belly fat and a larger waistline. Hormonal imbalances, including elevated cortisol levels, can also contribute to water retention and bloating, exacerbating the appearance of a protruding belly

Targeted Exercises for Menopausal Belly Bloat 

Incorporating targeted exercises is crucial to combating menopausal belly bloat. Strength training exercises such as plank variations, rotational core exercises, deadlifts, and leg lifts specifically target the abdominal muscles, promoting core strength and toning the midsection

How to Get Rid of Menopausal Belly and Bloating 

Here are some practical strength training exercises that can specifically target menopausal belly bloat: 


Planks are a fantastic exercise for strengthening the core muscles, including the abdominals. To perform a plank, start in a push-up position, but with your weight on your forearms and elbows. Keep your body straight and hold the plank for as long as possible, engaging your core muscles. 

Weighted Deadbugs

The weighted deadbug exercise targets core muscles effectively. Begin by lying flat on your back, holding a weight plate or dumbbell with both hands and extending your arms toward the ceiling. Lift your legs off the ground, bending your knees at a 90-degree angle. Engage your core to maintain a neutral spine position. Alternate extending one arm overhead while lowering the opposite leg toward the floor, but do not let the arm/leg touch the ground. Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. Maintain control and tension in your core throughout the exercise. 

Side Planks

Side planks target your side abdominal muscles (obliques). To begin by lying on your side with your legs fully extended and stacked on each other. Support your upper body by propping yourself up on your forearm, ensuring your elbow is positioned directly beneath your shoulder. Next, raise your hips off the ground, forming a straight line from your head to your feet. Engage your core muscles to stabilize your body, holding this position for the desired duration. Remember to perform the side plank on both sides to maintain balanced strength development. 


Deadlifts are a compound exercise that engages the entire body, including the core muscles. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and a barbell or dumbbell in front of you. Bend your knees and hinge at the hips, keeping your back straight. Extend your hips and knees to lift the weights. Lower the weights back down to complete one rep. 

Leg Lifts

Leg lifts target the lower abdominal muscles. Lie on your back with your legs extended. Lift both legs off the ground, keeping them straight until they are perpendicular to the floor. Slowly lower your legs back down and repeat.  

Cardiovascular Exercises for Menopausal Belly Bloat 

Cardiovascular exercises, such as brisk walking, incline treadmill walking, cycling, swimming, and dancing, boost metabolism and burn calories, aiding overall weight loss. The recommended weekly time is 150 minutes of moderate-intense and 75 minutes of vigorous cardio. If you start incorporating cardio exercise into your routine, begin in the lower range and work up to the recommended weekly minutes. 

Moderate-intense cardio is not a leisurely-paced walk. Your heart rate should be elevated, and you should break a sweat, but you can also carry on a conversation without gasping for air or working at your maximum capacity.   

An example of a moderate-intensity cardio session:  

Long Intervals (2-4 minutes) of faster-paced walking, cycling, rowing, and swimming followed by a recovery interval (1-2 minutes). The sessions can range from 10 minutes up to 45 minutes. Start a routine with 10 minutes and work your way up.  

Vigorous-intensity cardio involves physical activity that significantly increases your heart and breathing rates. Working at this intensity makes it challenging to hold a conversation that requires considerable effort. Vigorous intensity is difficult to sustain for an extended period; thus, short work intervals.  

Examples of vigorous-intensity cardio exercises:

Running at a fast pace, cycling uphill, swimming laps at a rapid rate, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and aerobic dance classes with vigorous movements.  

In conclusion, addressing menopausal belly bloat requires a multifaceted approach encompassing strength training exercises to tone the midsection and cardiovascular workouts to boost metabolism and burn calories. By staying committed to a balanced, realistic exercise routine, making dietary adjustments, and adopting healthy habits, achieving a flatter tummy during menopause is within reach! So, celebrate every milestone and embrace the journey towards optimal health and well-being. 


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About the author
Kat is an award-winning certified personal trainer and has been transforming lives both in-person and online for over a decade. With a focus on women's fitness, she excels in guiding clients through the various stages of life, from pregnancy to perimenopause. Kat's unique philosophy challenges the notion that the body is broken; instead, she believes in its incredible capability to gain strength at any age. Her expertise and passion create a supportive environment, empowering individuals to excel in their fitness journeys. She designs personalized programs from her extensive online database of workouts and exercises and delivers them to her clients using her customized app. Connect with Kat on her website: https://www.kat.fit/ 

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