How Pilates can help with Polystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) ?

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First of all, let’s talk about what is PCOS. It s a hormonal disorder which usually affects between 5 to 10 % of women who are of a reproductive age.

Most common symptoms of PCOS would be obesity or difficulty to lose weight, acne, amenorrhea (when you stop having your menstrual cycles), insulin resistance is another one or high cholesterol.

It is a silent epidemic for women around the world that impacts weight, blood sugars, cardiovascular health, mood, cancer risk and fertility. It is the most common endocrine disorder in women, and between 50 to 70 percent of the women struggling with this condition remain undiagnosed.

This silent killer is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and is often confused with thyroid disease, metabolic syndrome, or estrogen dominance. Even those women who are given the diagnosis often aren’t educated about the significance of this condition or given proper guidance, and so don’t protect themselves from the future consequences, which can include Type II diabetes, severe obesity, endometrial cancer, and autoimmune thyroid disease.

We have find out that regular fitness in general is a very important component of managing symptoms of PCOS. Pilates is the perfect form of exercises as it will raise your heart rate (especially when you are an advance Pilates student), will keep your stress level down, Pilates is a great way to releases stress.

The best type of resistance to use is your own body. Pilates is wonderful for creating long, strong and lean muscles.

Resistance or strength training is an integral part of exercising with PCOS. Since we already have elevated levels of testosterone, most of which are stored in our muscles, its important to ‘release’ this extra hormone by activating our muscles through resistance training. Essentially, higher repetitions with lower weight are endurance resistance training exercises that yield long and lean muscle. Lower repetitions and higher weight yields muscle growth. I think we can agree that we all want the long and lean! Often people see weight training or resistance training as creating bulging muscles and fear to become “HULK” (that is only if you remember the green manJ ) it’s just not true.

Although resistance training should be the bulk of your exercise, all four elements of exercise need to be incorporated in order to reap the full benefit of exercise to your PCOS.

  • Resistance training
  • Cardio
  • Intervals
  • Stretching

 

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