What do you do when the doctor tells you that you have poly cystic ovaries? You can either leave it to medications (and fate) to heal your body or you can join the fight to take it head-on. PCOS is very common these days. What’s uncommon is the understanding that you can regulate it with exercise. Pilates is one such exercise for PCOS that has great benefits. Here are a few compelling reasons you need to start doing pilates if you are diagnosed with PCOS.
1. Your Uterus Needs Exercise Too
Weight gain is the most common symptom of PCOS. The first thought is to counter it with heavy duty exercises such as cardio and running. But unless you address the root cause, these exercises won’t be of much help. The weight gain you experience with PCOS is because of hormonal changes. So you should instead focus on strengthening your uterus with gentler exercises like Pilates and Yoga.
2. Brings Down Stress Level
Stress is a vicious circle. It has physical manifestations such as aches and pains which in turn more stress. With PCOS also in the picture, stress can be, well, really ‘stressful’! Watch this video on how to deal with anxiety and stress through movement, breathing and relaxation.
3. Improves Hormonal Imbalance
Pilates, when combined with Yoga, has excellent benefits for your hormones. It’s deep muscle activation means a better function for the nervous system. This, in turn, leads to better communication between your brain and other parts of the body, regulating the release of hormones. 4-6 months regular practice of yoga and pilates can lead to a significant improvement in your hormone levels.
4. Flushes out the Toxins
PCOS wears out your body with acne, hair fall, unexplained weight gain and other skin issues. Your entire system feels out of whack. Pilates acts as an ‘internal shower’ that detoxes your body from the inside. It focuses on rhythmic, deep breathing that coordinates the body and mind.
5. Helps Deal with Depression
Depression and low-self esteem are two issues that are not often discussed as a side effect. The loss of control over your body can be overwhelming. The hormonal shift also leads to mood swings and overall you feel gloomy and low. Considering it as a symptom rather than a disease is the first step to healing from inside. Regular exercise releases endorphins and gives you a feeling of flush through your body. Also, as you inhale more oxygen, you will feel more energised and fresh.
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