Polycystic Ovary Syndrome affects 1 in 10 women. Now, I'll be honest, I've never been diagnosed; but through my twenties doctors would constantly state that I likely was dealing with this. As a competitive athlete, at times this made training intensively difficult; including black outs and extreme fatigue. . Exercise is a great tool to lose weight and relieve some symptoms of PCOS. Light to moderate exercise 3+ days a week can reduce insulin resistance and your risk of diseases like cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. However, while it's a great tool it can also exacerbate symptoms if not properly performed for your body. Here is some info to figure out what's best for you: .
1. Resistance training. Women with PCOS tend to have higher levels of androgen hormones. Testosterone can make building muscle easier, so a great work out for many women with PCOS is resistance training. Resistance training is great because it is highly efficient, great for your metabolism, and stabilizes and strengthens your kinetic chain of your body. . 2. HIIT. This one is heaps mixed and really depends on how your body reacts to it. Here is the breakdown: HIIT tends to put your body in a state of alarm in order to reach the desired results. The issue can arise because of the release of cortisol And other stress stimuli (like increasing insulin) that put stress directly on the body. This makes the body hold onto fat, the muscles stop growing, and exacerbate symptoms like it inflammation. If you find yourself exhausted or with worsening symptoms after HIIT workout than it's better to work your way up or do low intensity exercise. This can be heaps beneficial if you can build up to it. . 3. Low intensity. This is solid for those with extreme and minimal symptoms alike. There are many yoga flows that directly work with relieving a dysfunctional reproductive system. Pilates, light jogging, walking, hiking, and yoga (especially PCOS emphasised yoga) are all great to achieve the benefits of exercise without putting your body into a stressful state. . Do you have PCOS and have found what works for you? Or do you have more questions? I would love to see your questions and input!