Physical Activity is Key
resistance and chronically high insulin and LH levels are reasons women with PCOS are
unable to ovulate and also the reason many suffer other troubling symptoms. There have been a number of studies which now
confirm that physical activity is an essential factor in managing PCOS – and physical
activity can also increase fertility as well as enhance a healthy lifestyle.
fat, the fat that surrounds organs, is best lost through a program of diet and
exercise. While weight loss is affected
by diet alone, or by exercise alone, studies have shown that belly fat
(visceral) is affected by the combination of both. Women with PCOS, as a rule, are unable to
lose weight, and this very factor makes them targets of diabetes and heart
disease, both of which are often accompanying diseases of PCOS.
Weight Loss Not the Only Goal
alone is not the only goal. Losing
weight, without maintaining proper muscle mass can leave a woman open to
weakness and thereby susceptible to other health issues. Studies done on insulin resistant women have
shown that a diet low in fat and consisting of low-glycemic foods such as fish,
nuts, fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy and legumes, along with a moderate
exercise program helps to improve waist-to-hip ratio (meaning belly fat was
lost), which in turn improves PCOS symptoms.
alone can help improve glucose, fat metabolism and reduction of body fat – you may
not lose much weight by just exercising. However, exercise is very effective in
improving the metabolic processes which in turn has a pronounced effect on heart
health, chronic fatigue syndrome, and even some forms of cancers. A moderate exercise program not only has
physical benefits, but also helps with mental outlook. Exercise promotes the propagation of endorphins,
which in turn help with mood and emotions.
Since depression is also an accompanying feature of PCOS, exercise can
benefit greatly in this regard as well.
Benefits of Regular Exercise
exercise provides many wonderful health benefits, not the least of which is
improvement in some PCOS symptoms.
Proper diet alone is very beneficial to management of blood sugar,
weight management and numerous other health benefits. The combination of both healthy diet and
regular exercise is a winning method to speed progress in management of PCOS
symptoms such as insulin resistance, fertility and weight loss. Add to that increased endorphin production
which affects mood, and you have an effective, natural program to address PCOS.