Why PCOS + exercise go hand in hand
PCOS + Exercise. Yeah I know, another person telling you to exercise and for those of you who are aren't the get up and go run a marathon types, this will be hard to hear, however not only is exercising good for our hearts, soul and bodies but it also has some hugely beneficial factors when it comes to PCOS.
1. feeling good
Yep, you got it - this one is top of the list! Feeling good is what it's all about. Because lets face it, when we feel good we can achieve anything. Exercising releases all sorts of great hormones such as endorphins (the feeling great hormone!) and women with PCOS are at greater risk of developing symptoms of depression so, we want as many endorphins flowing through us as possible.
2. boosts insulin sensitivity
Women with PCOS have issues, big issues with insulin and this growth hormones jobs is storing fat. Add to the fact that is also an appetite stimulant it's no wonder us girls with PCOS get major binge urges for carbs and sugary goods. However, cardio and high intensity exercise works great at increasing our insulin sensitivity which in turn helps with those cravings, binges and storing fat.
3. regulate hormones
PCOS is all about hormones. ALL about hormones. Regular exercise can and will help your hormones regulate themselves because having even a bit of extra weight adds to their irregularity, mainly the oestrogen production which affects the production of cysts on our ovaries.
4. better sleep
Again, it's all about feeling better. Exercising regularly will help you sleep better and let's face it, who doesn't need to sleep better?1? Did you know that a high percentage of PCOS sufferers have sleep apnea or insomnia not to mention the stress of worrying about hair growth, extra weight etc.
5. lowering of cholesterol
So, not only do we women have PCOS but because of that we are WAY more likely to get a whole bunch of other things such as higher cholesterol and triglycerides which in turn can also contribute to other complications like metabolic syndrome.