Thyroid dysfunction create havoc with our bodies in so many ways. Hyper and hypo-thyroidism can cause sleeplessness, low energy levels, depression, fatigue, body pain and muscle weakness, just a few of the physical symptoms that make it hard to move and exercise easily. But, we must.
EXERCISE AND THYROID DYSFUNCTION
It’s no secret that exercise offers a natural antidote to weight gain, depression, muscle loss, bone loss and strength and low energy levels, but especially so when you have a thyroid condition.
Why? Because, exercise
- raises your metabolism
- increases lean muscle mass, helping you burn more calories
- boosts mood
- and energy levels
- helps you sleep better
- plus, and this is a big bonus!… Exercise stops the guilt and self-criticism for not exercising!
“Aerobic exercise can increase hormone production in the thyroid”, according to the study “Exercise Intensity and its Effects on Thyroid Hormones,” published in Vol. 26 of Neuroendocrinology Letters.
Regular aerobic exercise can boost levels of T4 and T3, helping people who have low levels of hormones in the thyroid, such as patients with hypothyroidism or autoimmune diseases affecting the thyroid. Increased hormone production can, in turn, decrease the negative side effects of many thyroid disorders.
It’s a must to do that 30-60 minutes of committed exercise every day to keep flexible, strengthen your muscles and bones, keep weight down, move through and beyond aches and pains and calm your mind.
Make it happen. Fit it into your schedule every day, even if it’s walking or running up and down your stair cases in your house or office building a couple times a day in between the long 30-45-60 minute walk or work out.
If doing it “all alone” keeps you from doing it, create an accountability/buddy system to help you stay true to your thyroid health:
- Call your accountability buddy before you start to “check in” and help one another stay honest to the plan. Call afterwards and HIGH 5 yourselves!
- Get a buddy who you can actually do the exercising with.
- Join an ongoing class or club
- Join a gym or circuit exercise system. But… if the dues are high and you really now you’re just not going to follow through, don’t do this. Just do 1-3 above instead.
- Hire a Trainer. If you can afford it, do it. I know that as a hands-on Professional Organizer people hire me to keep them on track and moving, just like a personal exercise trainer.
- Hire a Coach. In our busy world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and put ourselves last. Or, if our thyroid dysfunction is bad enough, we are pretty much “checked out” of our everyday world and into fatigue, depression, brain fog, panic attacks, anger, grief and despair. I work with many thyroid patients as a Priority Health Coach to keep them on track with their meal plans, exercise, lifestyle choices, habits, emotional ups and downs and doctor appointments.
EXERCISE… JUST START IT! AND, KEEP GOING
It doesn’t matter how or what, just do it! No matter how slow you have to go to get started, or even if it’s hard every time due to fatigue, body aches, and/or fibromyalgia, do it.
If you can’t stay the course of the checklist of to dos you need to do for your thyroid health, I’d like to help you.
I work with you by telephone from anywhere you are.
Find out more at my Thyroid Health Coaching info page and let’s get your life back!