When you were first diagnosed with PCOS, the first suggestion to tackle it must’ve been ‘weight-loss’. We’ve all been there and, as unfortunate as it sounds, it does require certain amount of exercise to drop the number on the scale.
If you dislike putting hours into slow and prolonged workout sessions, you are in luck. A high intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, might be just what you need to keep yourself on your toes.
What is HIIT?
HIIT, is a type of training technique that alternates between bursts of intense exercise followed by a short recovery period of rest or low intensity exercise. This type of workout keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time.
Benefits of HIIT:
1. It increases metabolism and you’ll keep burning calories long after you finish the workout.
2. It is quick and convenient. A HIIT workout can be finished in 15-30 minutes, and can be done ANYWHERE.
3. You do not need any equipment.
Why is HIIT effective for women with PCOS?
HIIT improves insulin sensitivity in women. Exercise helps in absorption of glucose in cells and several studies have proven HIIT to be especially beneficial in regulating insulin resistance in women with PCOS.
This training technique also helps women to lose fat around their mid-section, which can be a fairly problematic area during weight loss for PCOS.
An HIIT workout requires a significantly less amount of time than a regular exercise session for the same benefits.