What is the link between PCOS and exercise?
PCOS stands for polycystic ovary syndrome. PCOS has become a very common hormonal disorder among women in recent years. Many factors influence the development and severity of PCOS. This hormonal imbalance can affect the functioning of other organs and can also significantly affect mental health.
Upon diagnosis, your doctor may suggest various lifestyle and dietary changes to better maintain your PCOS. Regular exercise is also highly recommended for women with PCOS. In this article, we discuss why it’s important to exercise if you have PCOS.
Why do I need to exercise regularly if I have PCOS?
Exercising, in general, has endless benefits for our body. In fact, exercising regularly should be treated as a necessity. Here are reasons why you should add it to your routine if you have PCOS:
1. Reduces the risk of diabetes
Having PCOS can significantly influence your insulin sensitivity. Regular exercise and cardio can help improve your response to insulin. Improved insulin management helps reduce diabetes risks.
2. Releases endorphins
Having PCOS can make you prone to depression and other mood disorders due to hormonal imbalances. Regular exercise results in the release of endorphins and other happy hormones that reduce the risks of developing mood disorders.
3. Improve sleep quality
Studies show that women with PCOS are at a higher risk of developing sleep-related disorders like snoring, sleep apnea, etc. Due to the lack of enough studies on women and sleep apnea, it may even go undetected. Hence, it is ideal to follow a healthy exercise routine to improve sleep quality and reduce these risks.
4. Helps control cholesterol
Similar to various diseases, women with PCOS may be prone to developing high cholesterol. Most women with PCOS have high cholesterol. High cholesterol can also significantly affect our metabolism. Eating a healthy diet along with regular exercise can help lower your risk.
5. Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases
In addition to high cholesterol, women with PCOS are also at higher risk of developing high blood pressure and more chronic heart-related diseases. In addition, exercise, in general, improves the health of our heart and makes us less prone to various diseases.
6. Promotes weight loss
This may be the main reason you are prescribed regular exercise. Weight gain can cause or worsen PCOS. Regular exercise can help you lose weight. However, weight loss can take a long time if you have PCOS, even if you follow a healthy diet and lifestyle. Weight loss can also help you reduce the risks of other diseases mentioned above.
7. Helps control hormones
As mentioned above, exercising regularly helps and increases the production of happy hormones. Polycystic ovary syndrome causes a hormonal imbalance that can also be controlled and improved through regular exercise. Exercise also helps lower insulin and estrogen.
What is the takeaway?
Implementing consistency with exercise can take time. However, it is essential if you have PCOS. As discussed above, regular exercise has many benefits and can significantly reduce the risks of other chronic diseases. In addition to adding regular exercise to your routine, be sure to also eat healthy, well-balanced meals. You should avoid unhealthy food as much as possible.
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