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As women age medical professionals recommend regular exercise and a healthy diet to improve longevity and quality of life. A new study says that moderate exercise can be extremely beneficial without the added stress and intensity of a new work out regimen. Dr. O’Toole often hears from his patients who are over 40 that they are unhappy with the sudden body contour changes that have come with perimenopause. Many times there are added fat pockets on the upper back, lower back, and upper abdomen. This is particularly troublesome for women who exercise and are still unable to contour those specific areas. Dr. O’Toole will typically recommend liposuction of these areas. The benefit is that he can target areas and remove only the fat that will give them better contour.Dr. O’Toole offers both traditional liposuction as well as Smart Lipo which is performed in his office surgical suite. Each method has benefits and limitations. Patients should be open to Dr. O’Toole’s recommendation as to which method is best for them. Patients will be able to resume regular exercise within 3 to 4 weeks. Walking at a moderate pace is permitted within the first week. According to NBC examples of moderate intensity exercise include brisk walking, ballroom and line dancing, biking on level ground or with few hills, canoeing, general gardening including raking, trimming shrubs, sports such as baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis (doubles) and water aerobics. Moderate-intensity exercises are “activities that would allow you to talk in short sentences while you are doing them, but would not allow you to sing,” lead author Dr. Steriani Elavsky, of Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania, said.

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