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How does exercise help manage Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?


PCOS is often associated with insulin resistance, where the body's cells become less responsive to the effects of insulin. This can lead to increased levels of insulin in the blood, contributing to the elevated production of androgens (male hormones) and disruption of the menstrual cycle. Lifestyle factors, such as diet and exercise, play a crucial role in managing insulin levels and mitigating the symptoms of PCOS.

How does exercise help with managing PCOS?


·      Improves Insulin Sensitivity

Regular physical activity enhances the body's sensitivity to insulin, helping to regulate blood sugar levels. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with PCOS, as it addresses the underlying insulin resistance.

·      Weight Management

PCOS is often linked to weight gain and obesity. Exercise is a powerful tool for weight management, aiding in the reduction of excess body fat and improving overall metabolic health.

·      Reduces Stress

Chronic stress can exacerbate PCOS symptoms. Exercise is a natural stress-reliever, promoting the release of endorphins, which are known as "feel-good" hormones. Managing stress is crucial for overall well-being and PCOS symptom management.

·      Enhances Mood and Energy Levels

Fatigue and mood swings are common concerns for individuals with PCOS. Engaging in regular physical activity can boost energy levels, improve mood, and promote a sense of well-being.


Tips for getting started


·      Be consistent

Start with manageable goals and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts.

·      Find Enjoyable Activities

Choose activities you enjoy to make exercise a sustainable part of your lifestyle. Whether it's dancing, hiking, or group fitness classes, finding joy in your workouts can increase adherence!

·      See an exercise physiologist

Booking a consultation with an Exercise Physiologist will empower you to establish a routine that is safe and effective so you can embrace a healthier, more vibrant life with PCOS.




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