By NATALIA HAWK
In 2009, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Although it’s incredibly common amongst women (about one in ten have it), it’s associated with some really scary statistics. Your chances of having a baby without IVF are reduced. Your chances of getting diabetes are significantly increased. It’s much easier to put on weight, and much harder to lose it.
While the pill can manage some of the symptoms associated with PCOS, there are only two main treatments: exercise and diet, with exercise being the most important thing you can do to reduce your chances of PCOS affecting you incredibly negatively.
So it was the 9th January 2009, when I first made a pledge to myself to live the most active life possible.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Lorna Jane. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
I’ve always been an active person. I played a lot of sports as a kid (not being particularly good at any of them didn’t bother me – it’s the thought that counts, right?) and in high school I used to walk the 4km home from school every day, saving the bus for only the rainiest of days.
But when I got out of high school, my fitness dropped off a little. I had a car and a licence, and it became all-too-easy to drive to places instead of bothering with the walk. I was at uni, spending many hours in lectures and tutorials, and working a desk job. The most exercise I got was walking up and down university campus; I even used to drive to the bus stop, just because I could.
And my inactivity is something that I’m sure a lot of Australians can relate to. In fact, it’s been discovered by Lorna Jane that the majority of us never exercise- formally at least.
While we might do incidental exercise – say, walking around the supermarket while doing the weekly grocery shop, or running after the kids all day – 54% of us don’t go for runs, we don’t join netball or touch footy teams, we don’t lift any weights, we don’t try dancing or swimming or surfing or yoga.
In a way, I understand the statistic. When life is so busy, it can be really difficult to find time to exercise – especially if there are various factors involved that make life more difficult – small children, a demanding family, little support network, a lack of money, etc.