by Amy Medling, founder of PCOS Diva
There are two major things to keep in mind when exercising with PCOS.
First, it is important that you move it every day. That doesn’t mean you have to sweat it out on the treadmill for hours a day. It means you make movement a habit and find ways to do it that you enjoy. For some, that it a Barre class. For others, it’s dance, gardening, or walking. In a perfect world, it is a combination of things that you enjoy and which move your body in different ways. When we find joy in movement, we not only get cardiovascular and metabolic benefits, the stress reduction benefits are amplified. We could all use a little more of that!
Second, we need to be sure not to OVER do it. It is easy to get wrapped up and overexert sometimes. Other times, we may find ourselves punishing ourselves with exercise. I know I used to try to work off a candy bar by running for miles. Not only do calories not work that way, you may be making things worse. Overexercising can throw the hormones in your body even further out of whack. So, as with all things, exercise in moderation. Listen to your body. Celebrate what it can do today, and look forward to what it will be able to do in the future as a result of your time and attention.
More on exercise for PCOS:
- The 4 Best Types of Exercise for PCOS
- The Biggest PCOS Exercise Myth: Calories In-Calories Out [Podcast]
- How to Modify Your Exercise to Work with Your PCOS Hormones
- Treat PCOS Naturally with Strength Training
- 7 Tips for Beginner Cyclists
- 5 Reasons Why Yoga is Beneficial for PCOS
Amy Medling, best-selling author of Healing PCOS and certified health coach, specializes in working with women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), who are frustrated and have lost all hope when the only solution their doctors offer is to lose weight, take a pill, and live with their symptoms. In response, Amy founded PCOS Diva and developed a proven protocol of supplements, diet, and lifestyle programs that offer women tools to help gain control of their PCOS and regain their fertility, femininity, health, and happiness.