On our Exercise page, we explained why regular exercise and physical activity play a central role in your ability to bring PCOS under control.
On this page, we share a story from a personal trainer who has polycystic ovary syndrome.
Hello!! I am Gemma, a fit and healthy Personal Trainer who leads an incredible life!
I am one of the lucky ones who realized having PCOS was actually a fantastic reason to attract great health!
Above, Gemma tells her amazing story and shows her new baby.
I discovered that I had polycystic ovary syndrome when I was 16 and like
nearly every other woman I know, had no clue what it was! (Neither did
my doctor!) I was told to take the contraceptive pill and left to find
out what polycystic ovarian syndrome was for myself.
This, at the time, seemed terrible, but now, I have learned, was the best thing that could have happened to me.
At 18 years old I found myself training in a gym. Training made me feel good and I had realized that I was burning fat and getting really fit, which in turn was making me happy and balanced!
I paid a personal trainer to take me through the ropes 3 hours a week. He was amazed (as was everyone else in the gym) at how strong I was. This didn't faze me at all, strength was something I had had all of my life and I always saw it as an added bonus!!
It was when I was 19 that I pursued my strength career and set my goal on becoming Britain's Strongest Woman. I knew before I had started training for the competition that this was my title and I believed it every day. After attracting all the right people on my strength journey I had a wonderful time and won many national and international trophies and titles.
In 2006 I was injured in a competition that meant I couldn't train for a few months and this is when I realized how valuable my training had become to control my disease, as in these months I gained fat and reverted back to "pre-18 years old Gemma".
I believe now that this was all in a good cause. It was this push that really gave me the drive to become a Personal Trainer and help others with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
I knew that it was my mental state after my injury that had set me back and through excellent training, delicious nutrition and positive thinking my body is now perfect and I feel absolutely fantastic! I wish for you all -- the same!
- Gemma Magnusson
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