Cardio Exercise & PCOS. Is it REALLY Necessary?

by Becky Miller on March 1, 2013

Screen shot 2013 02 22 at 11.48.06 AM 300x300 Cardio Exercise & PCOS. Is it REALLY Necessary? Do you struggle with PCOS weight loss? Before I got diagnosed with PCOS I was an avid runner. I loved running, the feeling it gave me, what it did for my body and even loved the fact that I could run pretty well. My last completed half marathon clocked in at 1:45, that’s 1 hour and 45 minutes. I had just been diagnosed with PCOS when I did that and let me tell you that it was the hardest training I had ever experienced. You see, up until that point, running had always come naturally to me, even EASY.

I soon realized that running was no longer helping my body and even negatively affecting my PCOS. When I gained 30 lbs. in 3 months on a strict running regime and nothing else incorporated into my exercise routine, I knew something had to change.

PCOS weight loss is a common issue with women who have PCOS. I answer the ‘why’ to that question in my recent blog post, Exercising & Gaining Weight?

Is Cardio Necessary?

Today, I will be focusing on how to incorporate cardio exercise into your PCOS workout routine. To answer the title question, yes, cardio is necessary, but it’s essential to know HOW to incorporate cardio. Be reminded that PCOS affects every woman very differently and although this is a common issue seen in PCOS, this may not be the case for every woman. I just ask you to consider today’s information as you formulate a plan to tackle your PCOS.

With PCOS, straight cardio exercise is almost not necessary. Let me explain. This doesn’t mean that you do nothing to raise your heart rate. You have to do something. You have to take action. You have to be consistent to see results, ladies.

What Kind Of Cardio Is Best For PCOS Weight Loss?

The kind of cardio that women with PCOS find most successful is resistance training. This is where your cardio comes in. You want to be engaging in resistance training in ‘circuits’ or little chunks of exercise to not only strengthen your muscles but to get your heart pumping and burn calories at the same time. This will allow us to burn fat while releasing the extra build up of free testosterone that occurs with straight cardio.

PCOS Exercise Tips

Here are a few tips to get you started on the right track.

  • Do exercise consistently. 3-5 days a week is recommended.
  • Eat a healthy PCOS diet in addition to exercise.
  • Incorporate a variety of types of exercise into your routine with cardio-resistance as a foundation. More on the types of exercise to include in Exercising & Gaining Weight?
  • Your own body weight is the best kind of resistance.ance
  • Be sure to incorporate 1-2 rest days per week.
  • Yoga is SUPER essential to PCOS. Read why in Why Is Yoga Good For PCOS?
  • Walking helps physically and mentally center your body. Especially outdoors in nature.
  • Schedule your exercise time. Has it worked out before when you just tried to fit it in?

Bottom Line

Don’t neglect exercise. I am NOT saying that cardio shouldn’t be included. I’m saying that the RIGHT kind of cardio should be used for women with PCOS. You have to make a choice to be consistent with exercise in your daily routine. ‘Here and there’ exercise is better than nothing, but you won’t see the results that you want to see with that kind of routine. Everybody has a life that keeps happening and because of that you must prioritize exercise as an essential part of your PCOS health, because it is.

I Believe In You And So Does He!

You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). Having a healthy temple is in alignment with God’s will for our lives. If you ask for strength and discipline, He will provide! What are you waiting for? Get out there!

For more tips and to learn how to incorporate exercise into a complete and whole PCOS lifestyle, join the ranks of other women who are finding PCOS healing from the inside out with CROWN Coaching. You CAN beat this and it’s my honor to help you get there!

Contact Becky today to chat! Yes, I’m human and available, too! I’d love to speak with you about how CROWN can help you reach your PCOS goals and dreams. We will schedule a ‘Getting To Know You’ session. It’s complimentary, why wouldn’t you?

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