Exercises for PCOS


One of the two fundamental treatments of PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is exercising.

PCOS makes you more vulnerable to high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, cardiovascular diseases, depression, sleep apnea, and more diseases than the usual person. 

You must manage your weight for your body to work smoothly. Having a healthy diet isn’t enough. Exercising is just as important if not more. 

When you have PCOS, your insulin resistance goes up which means your cells don’t respond to blood sugar as they are supposed to. This is linked to the first stages of developing obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. It’s been noted that people who are not physically active can develop insulin resistance. 

Meaning women with PCOS must exercise to keep in good shape and increase their overall health. Thankfully not all women with PCOS are overweight when they are diagnosed but this disease makes them more prone to obesity. Despite your weight, being physically active is essential. 

Some exercises that can help are:

Aerobic Exercise

This includes swimming, running, jogging, and cycling. Jogging and cycling are great options that can be integrated into daily life. These exercises reduce body mass, increase insulin sensitivity, and reduce follicles. 

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT Workout)

This is one of the best exercise types for PCOS. You can do this at home without any equipment. They are more enjoyable in the long term too. This exercise includes squats, high knees, push-ups, jumping jacks, burpees, and more. You can increase metabolism, burn fat, and decrease blood pressure. 

Strength Training

Many women found this exercise to be intimidating at first but loved it once they started. You can lift weights, use resistance bands, weight machines, do pull-ups, and more. Strength training helps to build healthy muscle, reduce androgen, increase insulin sensitivity, and help you to lose weight. 

Mind Body Exercise

If you want exercises that help to manage your mental stress, you can look into yoga, pilates, qigong, and tai chi. They help to control stress as well as lose weight and increase strength. 

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