The Best Exercise for PCOS

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So many women with PCOS hate working out and for a whole host of reasons. A couple of the main reasons has to do with having enough time and not seeing results.  I get it, who wants to spend hours at the gym and not see the scale budge? I know I don’t have time for that and neither do you! So, here’s the solution that will address both of these concerns. You need to be incorporating high-intensity interval training into your routine.

I’m sure you have probably have heard the term HIIT thrown around but maybe you weren’t exactly sure what it was or how to do it. So, I’m going to breakdown the important information that you need to know.

What is High-intensity interval training?

High-intensity interval training or more commonly referred to as HIIT is short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods.  It’s done at 85-100% of one’s maximum heart rate.

The health benefits of HIIT:

  • Burn more fat in less time
  • Helps with cardiovascular fitness
  • Improves insulin sensitivity
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Increases your metabolism.

Other benefits of HIIT:

  • Can do it anywhere
  • You don’t need any special equipment
  • It is efficient- it can be done in under 30 minutes
  • It can be adjusted to anyone’s fitness level

Why HIIT works :

HIIT works because it gets your heart rate up and keeps it up. In fact, your body will continue to burn fat after you are done working out. How sweet is that? Traditional cardio can’t do that for you.

An Example of a HIIT exercise:

Start with a warm-up of jogging for several minutes then you will begin your intervals. Run at full speed/intensity for 20 seconds then walk for 40 seconds of recovery. Repeat this for a total of 10 minutes. Once you are done with the 10-minute interval, do a cool down walk for several minutes.

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