You probably know all about the physical benefits of regular exercise by now. But the quickest way to motivate yourself to keep active is to focus on how getting fit can hugely improve your PCOS health via natural “highs.”
Psychological health is a vital part of enjoying life to the full. And exercise doesn’t just release endorphins, the morphine-like compounds that makes you feel good. 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 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 also 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.