My goal for the weekend is to get outside! The week has gotten away from me, and Ive only gotten a few walks in, whereas, I usually walk every day the weather permits it. Between doctors appointments (IVF, here we come!) work, and the rain, my walks have been bumped a little further down the priority list. This is a shame since getting outside is especially important for those of us with PCOS.
Being in the sunshine increases levels of Vitamin D, which is significant since women with PCOS are Vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D deficiency is actually a huge deal for women with PCOS, and could even be the cause of many of our issues! And let’s face it, I have plenty of issues these days. (:
Vitamin D levels are important for:
- Improving fertility
- Controlling weight
- Liver health
- Reducing insulin resistance
- Prevention of bone loss and osteoporosis
- Positive mood and cognitive performance
- Gastrointestinal tract health
- Breast health
- Nervous system health
Getting outside is a great way
to get some extra Vitamin D into our bodies (in addition to taking Vitamin D supplements), but exercising outside also has so many other benefits.
In addition to having many health benefits, exercising outside is SO MUCH more enjoyable than walking on a treadmill or going to a gym. And there are so many options: walking, hiking, playing catch with the dogs, bike riding, swimming (LOVE this one), or playing sports (this option is definitely not for me, but I realize there are people that enjoy sports).
Exercising outside also helps me clear my mind, relax, and de-stress. And isn’t that what weekends are for?
“I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, and sky.”