(Brooklyn, NY, USA)
I am trying to get my PCOS under control.
For sometime I have been taking supplements and dieting and trying to do exercise. The first 2 have been highly successful but I am finding exercise extremely difficult.
I do go walking regularly but I find it hard to find a gym. Is there any home exercise that is intense that I can do?
Editor's comments: There are literally hundreds of home exercise programs available. You can go online to sign up for a program, or you can purchase a program at amazon.com. I don't have one to recommend. I suggest you keep looking until you find one that appeals to you.
Many of these programs have levels of intensity, such as beginner, intermediate and advanced.
I might also suggest a mix of resistance exercise and cardiovascular exercise, such as resistance exercise 2 days a week and cardiovascular 3 days a week. You can attain a level of intensity that you feel is right for you and that is within any physical constraints you may have.
You can even increase the intensity of walking by finding a nearby hilly area for your walks. Walking up and down hills can be pretty intense if you walk briskly.
You can also do physical things around the house such as vacuuming and mowing the lawn with a non-power lawnmower.
When you are in a multi-story building, avoid the elevator and use the stairs instead. That will give you an intense workout!
A key to long-term key to managing PCOS is to exercise consistently and persistently. Exercise is a habit, just like brushing your teeth.
However, most people do not exercise on a consistent basis. So it's wise to find an exercise buddy or a check-in buddy to whom you can be accountable for your exercising. Have your check-in buddy call you at least once a week and ask, "how's it going?".
Every person has their favorite or most appropriate exercise. Personally, I do a unique exercise program called Gyrotonic twice a week. I also take a 40-60 minute walk about five days a week. Sometimes I bicycle or take a hike, depending on the weather. I do brief stretching exercises at home every day. I do yard work and avoid elevators wherever possible. When shopping, I park my car at the far end of the parking lot, which forces me to walk.
This is what I like to do. Look around and you'll find some things that you like to do. Once you find what you like, you can make it a habit.
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