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Exercise Programs for PCOS Women

Exercise Programs for PCOS Women

by: Dr. Meenu Verma
Sr. Physiotherapist

PCOS or Poly Cystic ovarian Syndrome is a commonly heard name now days. It is associated with menstrual disturbance. The exact cause is unknown but it is thought that the underlying disorder is insulin resistance, with hyperinsulinemia stimulating excess ovarian androgen production. Stress is also considered as a prominent reason for PCOS. Experts also believe that genetics plays a vital role.

Few Signs and Symptoms of PCOS are:

Women with PCOS may experience low back pain, sacral pain, and lower quadrant abdominal pain.  A thorough patient’s assessment can provide information of a gynaecologic or metabolic connection. If PCOS is suspected then immediate referral to a physician is required.

Physiotherapy and PCOS:

A physiotherapist will use different forms and kinds of exercises and manipulations to the body, which enables the deep structures to be released, provide necessary flexibility, while also strengthening the pelvic floor and related structures.

Exercise and PCOS:

Exercise program will help in losing the weight gained due to the storage of estrogen in adipose tissue and lower the insulin levels.

Types of exercises:

  • Cardio training causes your heart rate to rise and it uses energy, increasing your total calories used, which will help with weight loss. It has also been shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in women with PCOS. Some fun exercises you could try: zumba, pilates, yoga, aerobics, cycling, swimming and walking.
  • Strength training, on the other hand, builds muscle which is important in raising your basal metabolic rate so that you burn more calories while at rest and while you are exercising.

Duration: 150 minutes per week.

Recommendations:

  • Lose weight.
  • Regular exercise (30 min/day).
  • Reduction of carbohydrates consumed.
  • Proper sleep.
  • Positive attitude.
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