Can exercise help in the management of PCOS?
The short answer is YES, but if you’re like me and you like reading on all the facts please read on.
Allot of women with PCOS experience higher rates of insulin resistance compared to women who don’t have the condition. Insulin resistance affects your body’s ability to use blood sugar for energy. It is well known that there is a connection between the lack of physical activity and excess body weight as potential contributing factors to insulin resistance. Although not all women who have PCOS are overweight. Structured physical exercise is something you can incorporate in your daily routine for your health and for improved health when you do have PCOS, regardless of your weight. It has been shown that exercise can improve insulin sensitivity, hyperandrogenaemia and menstrual frequency in lean women with PCOS as well, in my books following a regular exercise routine will definitely help reduce symptoms of PCOS and improve health markers all round.
An estimated 80 percent of women who experience infertility due to lack of ovulation have PCOS. Exercise and weight loss (when required) can help women restore ovulation cycles and improve regularity of the their cycles. Having a holistic approach, including lifestyle changes, diet and exercises and in some cases further medical treatments is more effective than diet alone or medication alone in managing PCOS and infertility.
The bottom line is exercise can be an important part of your PCOS management. Not only does it improve your physical health, exercise can help you manage your stress levels, improve your mood and combat many of the negative symptoms of PCOS.
If you aren’t sure where to start, seeing your doctor and finding a Biokineticist or other professional qualified in the fiend who can help set you on a safe pathway. Exercising at least three times a week and sticking with it can help you improve symptoms from PCOS.