PCOS, or poly cystic ovary syndrome, is quite common these days. What’s uncommon is the understanding that you can regulate it with exercise. Along with a balanced diet, an active lifestyle goes a long way in regulating hormones and keeping your ovaries healthy. Pilates is one such exercise for PCOS that has great benefits for your overall health. Here are a few compelling reasons you need to start doing Pilates if you have PCOS.
1. Your uterus needs exercise too
Weight gain is the most common symptom of PCOS. The first reaction to weight gain is to go heavy on the treadmill. But unless you address the root cause, cardio won’t be of much help. The weight gain you experience with PCOS is because of hormonal changes. Focus on strengthening your uterus with gentler but effective exercises like Pilates and yoga. If you don’t have any experience in these forms of exercise, please consult a qualified trainer and your doctor before starting.
2. Stress levels can be controlled with pilates
Stress can play havoc on your body. It has physical manifestations on your health which will give you more stress. Watch this video on how to deal with anxiety and stress through movement, breathing, and relaxation. Its ability to control stress is also one of the reasons that Pilates is the best exercise for PCOS.
3. Correct your hormonal imbalance
Pilates, when combined with yoga, is excellent for your hormones. The deep muscle activation is great for your nervous system. This, in turn, leads to better communication between your brain and other parts of the body, regulating the release of hormones. Doing yoga and Pilates regularly for four to six months can lead to a significant improvement in your hormone levels. If you’re trying to conceive, making Pilates and yoga a part of your daily routine will help significantly.
4. Flush out all toxins
PCOS wears out your body with acne, hair fall, unexplained weight gain, and other health issues. Your entire system feels out of whack. Pilates acts as an ‘internal shower’ that detoxifies your body from within. It focuses on rhythmic, deep breathing that coordinates the body and mind.
5. Pilates can help you deal with depression
Depression and low self-esteem are two issues that are not often discussed as side-effects of PCOS. Studies have shown that oral contraceptive pills, often prescribed to PCOS patients, can lead to depression as well. The loss of control over your body and mind can be overwhelming. Regular exercise releases endorphins and makes you feel stronger. Also, as you inhale more oxygen, you will feel fresher and more energised.
Remember, these exercises and lifestyle changes should be a part of your PCOS treatment, not the whole treatment. You still need to follow your doctor’s prescriptions and consult them regularly to monitor your progress.