You probably know all about the great physical benefits of regular exercise by now. But the quickest way to motivate yourself to keep active and thus experience the advantages is to focus on how getting fit can hugely improve your general feeling of well being.
Psychological health is a vital part of enjoying life to the fullest. And exercise doesn’t just release endorphins, the natural morphine-like compounds that give you a natural “high”, it also produces serotonin, which keeps us from getting depressed, and dopamine, which helps to ensure we remain engaged in all aspects of life. So, in other words, exercise motivates you … to keep motivated.
In the short term, regular PCOS exercise gives your roving mind a rest by providing a time-out from worries and breaks down hormones like cortisol and other chemicals that build-up during period of intense stress.
Research has shown that exercise can be as effective as anti-depressants in treating mild depression. Moderately depressed individuals who take part in aerobic exercise for 30 minutes at least every other day have been shown to experience an upswing in their mood within two to three weeks.
Exercise also increases the chance of a good night’s sleep, which, in turn, reduces anxiety and can improve your appearance. This latter aspect may then lead to an improved self-image, which also boosts mood, and supplies motivation to maintain the new way you feel and look.
Regular exercise combined with a balanced, nutritious Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome diet can help reverse an underlying cause of excess weight and obesity, namely the imbalance of blood glucose and insulin called Insulin Resistance. By reversing this latter condition, you can facilitate PCOS weight loss.
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