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Myths of Exercise for PCOS
Have you heard any of the following?
- You should only do gentle workouts if you have PCOS
- Cardio isn’t a good idea if you have PCOS
- Walking and yoga are best for PCOS
- HIIT is ok for short workouts but don’t over do it
- The reason you aren’t losing weight is because you are working out too hard
- The reason you aren’t having regular ovulatory periods is because of your exercise program
Sound familiar? Have you heard of any of these?
These partial truths have been repeated and taken out of context until many people and even so-called experts believe them.
So what is the truth about exercise and PCOS?
There is certainly NOT one right way to reverse PCOS exercise is no exception to the ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL!
That is why this episode is so important as I share how to approach exercise for PCOS whether you are just getting started or are an athlete.
The benefits of exercise for PCOS go on and on but a few big ones are:
- Exercise reduces stress
- Exercise helps balance blood sugar
- Exercise reduces inflammation
- Exercise improves mood and energy
Well just like anything else…. we can always overuse a good thing. And over-exercising can lead to burnout and adrenal fatigue, something that I also discuss in the episode and how to listen to your body.
That said, understanding your primary PCOS root cause is always very important. And can provide a lot of insight into what exercise routines could benefit your PCOS the most.
You can take the PCOS root cause quiz to learn more about your current primary root cause.
Where does that leave YOU? What practical action can you take to improve your PCOS hormone balance with exercise?
While there may be cases of too much exercise the problem is feeling restricted and fearful.
The concern of doing something wrong paralyzes us to take action. And without getting started we can’t discover what is or isn’t working for our bodies.
So sadly these blanket statements that only apply to about 10% of women with PCOS who are currently in active burnout are being applied to 90+ % of women with PCOS who would greatly benefit from exercise but are left not sure what to do.
so I encourage you to take the PCOS root cause quiz and start learning more about your PCOS root cause. And listen to this episode so that you can feel more confident in how to move your body to benefit your health and hormones.
You can find all the resources mentioned in this episode here