What is HIIT Training ?
You’ve most likely seen or heard of HIIT in pretty much every ‘fitness’ conversation, gym talk and social media workouts. HIIT is an acronym for High Intensity Interval Training. What this means is a combination of full body workouts in short, fast bursts to rapidly increase your heart rate till you can no longer endure the intensity. You then go into a recovery period for the same time as your work interval until you become fitter and able to recover at a quicker rate.
My PCOS and HIIT Training
Ladies suffering from PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) know the importance of exercise. We know the main things to reverse our symptoms are exercise and nutrition. Simples right?
NO. But really, you would think so. Exercise is such a generic word for anything to do with movement. One could ask so many questions as to what exercises, how much should be done, best times and for what. No one wants to do more than they should be or less than they ought to be. I’ve read so much nonsense online about what exercises we should be avoiding because of our ‘condition’. The truth is we are not disabled or in any way ‘less than’ because we have disobedient bodies with minds of their owns and abnormal hormones. We should embrace exercise as a means of control and the more the merrier. However just don’t over do it and end up injuring yourself.
I decided to make this post after participating in an intense HIIT class on Friday the 31st and Saturday the 1st of Feb.
I woke up that Friday morning, absolutely buzzing. Ready to learn, hungry to succeed and starving for a challenge (so i thought) till mother nature decided to join in on the fun.
As you can imagine my mood switched to rage, disappointment and frustration. How could my body let me down like this, of all days.
This was uncalled for, unexpected and what was even worse is THE 2ND TIME BLEEDING for the month.
I heard the cry of my cycsters (PCOS Sisters) telling me to stay at home, get the hot water bottle out, rest up, and put my health first. I was in two minds. A part of me really wanted a netflix and chill day, this was the perfect excuse.
On the other hand my heart wasn’t having it. Take the pain, the pads, the emotions and go there and literally give your all with blood sweat and tears, just don’t you dare miss this opportunity.
When I bleed I bleeeeeddd. 5-7 days of pure torture to remind me, yes I’m a woman. Thank you lord, I’m not complaining and wouldn’t have it any other way :). I usually get full on piercing cramps for the first 4 days.
Surprisingly, apart from the 2nd day when I was still training, I didn’t seem to cramp up after. Even though I was losing a lot of blood during the training days, my period settled down around the 4th day.
I would love to believe all this is linked with the HIIT training and honestly I felt like SUPERWOMAN after the training.
The Facts – HIIT Training And PCOS
- HIIT training can improve your insulin sensitivity, reduce your waist size while stimulating muscle growth and burins fat! Why would you ever want to go back to moderate exercises when you can get all that done in shorter bursts of time? All I’m hearing is efficiency efficiency efficiency!
- HIIT workouts can prevent heart disease. PCOS put us at greater risk for developing heart disease. HIIT workouts have been shown to improve heart health in both PCOS women and the general population.
- HIIT training is an especially beneficial form of exercise in producing more restorative hormones and, in turn, shutting down the troublesome ones that contribute to PCOS symptoms. High Intensity Interval Training, activates your post workout oxygen consumption, which means you’ll be burning calories long after leaving the gym. This also means that the body produces more HGH (human growth hormone) to repair stressed muscles, while at the same time increasing natural fertility and helping you feel young and energized.-Read More on PCOS Diva
If you’re still hesitant to try HIIT training I get it. What works for one don’t work for all, I get that. But you’ll never know unless you try. I loved it and finished feeling great.
Putting your health first is actually coming out of your comfort zone, trigging your body to rise to the occasion. Learn grow and strive.
Transforming that mindset and build that body to the max, is having faith that our God has given us everything we need to make it already. We just have to step out and do it.
You got this !