Watch Gabrielle Union Crush a Series of Full-Body Exercises

She also got real about how her "weight fluctuates" due to perimenopause (and that she's okay with that) in a recent Instagram post.

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Renowned actress Gabrielle Union recently gave her followers a glimpse into the rigorous fitness regimen she follows, showcasing her robustness and dedication to physical health. Even while navigating the challenges of perimenopause, she maintains a strong workout regime as evident from the video she recently posted on her social media. The caption reads, 'Drop the fitness routine? Say less ??,' showing clips of various full-body exercises she performed in preparation for Milan fashion week, all set to Beyoncé's latest hit, 'BREAK MY SOUL.'

The variety in her workout routine is notable, ranging from treadmill running, push-ups with a resistance band around her waist for added difficulty, to seated reverse chest fly repetitions using criss-cross resistance chords attached to equipment. Her upper and lower body routines are equally intensive. She uses a mini loop-style resistance band wrapped around her thighs for hip rotation exercises, performs crunches with her torso on an exercise ball, Bulgarian split squats utilizing a ladder and a vertical bar for balance, along with trap bar deadlifts.

Union's workout doesn't end here. It extends to lunges using the vertical bar for stability, core strengthening with an ab wheel, and additional cardio through running. Union’s intense workout routine and her resilience towards maintaining her health amidst her personal challenges instills inspiration among her followers.

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Supporters, including Union's spouse Dywane Wade, applauded her efforts in the comments section. Wade wrote, "go for it, Mama," while others commended Union for openly discussing perimenopause. The period leading up to menopause is known as perimenopause, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The ACOG explains that during a woman's 30s and 40s, the estrogen levels produced by the ovaries begin to fluctuate. This can result in symptoms like changes in menstrual cycle length, missed periods, and variations in flow intensity. Perimenopausal individuals may also deal with hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and issues concerning the vaginal and urinary tract.

Union recently shared in a post caption that her weight varies due to perimenopause and hormone fluctuations. She wrote, "My hormones etc. cause my weight to fluctuate, so I was advised to eliminate gluten, dairy, alcohol, and caffeine to balance my hormones and reduce memory fog, mood swings, insomnia, hair shedding, bloating, and other delightful ?‍?side effects." However, the 49-year-old admitted that she only followed part of the advice. "I stuck to the no gluten and dairy rule because, well, I'm human," she added, "I reserve the right to fluctuate ?❤️."

The Mayo Clinic reports that hormonal changes associated with menopause could result in weight gain around the abdomen rather than the hips and thighs. However, it's usually aging, lifestyle, and genetics that cause weight gain, not these changes themselves. The organization suggests regular exercise, mindful eating, limiting alcohol intake, and monitoring added sugar consumption for maintaining a healthy weight during menopause.

Jessica Shepherd, M.D., a Texas-based ob-gyn and founder of Sanctum Wellness, suggests that avoiding dairy, gluten, and caffeine could indirectly alleviate perimenopausal symptoms. She explains that gut health can alter during perimenopause due to hormonal changes affecting the body's ability to digest certain foods. Cutting out dairy, gluten, alcohol, and caffeine might help evade uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating and gas.

Women's health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D., suggests specific foods might trigger perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms. "Caffeine and alcohol, for instance, could initiate hot flashes," she says. However, experts generally don't agree that diet can counteract perimenopausal symptoms. Christine Greves, M.D., a board-certified ob-gyn at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, states, "Perimenopausal symptoms like brain fog, hot flashes, and fatigue are real." She adds, "Whether your diet impacts it or not is debatable, but you are what you eat."

If perimenopause is taking a toll on your life, Dr. Greves recommends consulting your doctor for personalized dietary and exercise advice. However, Union's recent Instagram post suggests that one shouldn't be too distressed about natural body fluctuations during perimenopause.

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