Get your heart rate up
That's right, get your heart rate up! While knowing when your body needs to rest is great we also need to get our heart rate up every now and then. I'm not talking about running a marathon (although if you're that way inclined yay for you!) I\m talking about taking the stairs over the elevator, I'm talking, do a. couple of squats while you wait for the kettle to boil, maybe even do a fast walk to work instead of the bus.
There are so many benefits to aerobic exercise for us ladies with PCOS, here are just a few!
Women with PCOS commonly have low-grade inflammation (inflammation is linked to health issues like heart disease, insulin resistance, and cancer) But, exercise and specifically Aerobic exercise, improves inflammation in PCOS, so, with an already present risk to these illnesses, I'd say it's a pretty good reason to get our heart rate up!
Movement helps our bodies with being insulin resistant. I'm sure you're sick and tired of hearing all about being insulin resistant by now but hey, it is REALLY REALLY important to understand this as it has an effect on everything!
But, by getting your heart rate up and working hard it can have a positive effect on our insulin resistance.
As ladies with PCOS we find it super duper hard to break down fat (have you noticed??) this is technically called Lipolysis (breakdown of fat). And guess what can boost the hormones that are associated with breaking down fats? Yep, you got it. Aerobic exercise!
So, what type of exercise is actually good for us ladies with PCOS besides the ideas above....
try your hand at cycling, rowing, weight training in low weight but high reps, swimming, boxing and even do some skipping.