PCOS exercise plan: Yasmin Karachiwala shares 3 reasons to trust Pilates

For PCOS Awareness Month, celeb fitness instructor Yasmin Karachiwala has shared reasons why a PCOS exercise plan should include Pilates!
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Here's why you must include Pilates in your PCOS exercise plan! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Vanshika Sharma Updated: 14 Sep 2022, 09:57 am IST
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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is an endocrine condition which results in enlarged ovaries with tiny cysts on the margins. Although the exact cause of this syndrome is unknown, it may be a result of both hereditary and environmental factors. It cannot be cured, but you can manage the condition with a PCOS exercise plan and a proper diet.

Common symptoms of PCOS:

* Menstrual irregularities
* Excessive hair growth
* Obesity
* Infertility problems due to irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate
* Hair loss and thinning on the head
* Acne or greasy skin

Finding a solution to help women cope up with PCOS has become more talked about in recent times. According to celebrity fitness instructor Yasmin Karachiwala, there are 3 reasons why Pilates should be a part of one’s PCOS exercise plan.

Importance of exercise to manage PCOS

In a latest social media post, she asserts the benefits of Pilates as one of the ideal exercises for women to deal with PCOS. Pilates not only tones the body and increases flexibility and core strength, but it also lowers stress-related cortisol levels and thus, helps women affected with PCOS.

Check out her Instagram post!

1. Helps to manage hormonal imbalances

A regular exercise regime can play an important role in regularizing hormonal balance. Pilates aid with hormone regulation, in preventing mood swings and other problems associated with it. Deep muscular activation is highly beneficial to your nervous system. Your brain and other body parts start to communicate better when you exercise, which in turn regulates how quickly hormones are released.

2. Stress reduction

Indulging in Pilates leads people to temporarily disengage from a busy or stressful life. It helps them feel better physically and emotionally. Pilates enhances mindfulness and assists in the development of a self-care routine. PCOS may result in anxiety issues, and having a set workout routine can ease this.


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PCOS can be stressful. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Builds lean muscle mass and burns calories

Pilates works well for posture improvement, muscular strengthening and toning. Pilates can improve your health and assist you in keeping your weight under control. Pilates may not be as effective as aerobic workouts to lose weight, but it helps people remain fit.

Last but not least, be aware that PCOS is a common condition. Instead of giving up, consider taking measures to manage PCOS naturally. Consult a gynaecologist if you have significant health issues brought on by the condition, but have a PCOS exercise plan in place nevertheless!

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