The symptoms of thyroid disorders can be rough. You struggle with weight gain, depression, body aches, fatigue and more. Although you’re tired and achy, believe it or not, exercise can help with those issues.

Exercise is necessary for optimal health no matter what the situation may be. With hypothyroidism, however, regular workouts can work wonders as part of your overall treatment plan.

When you suffer from hypothyroidism, your body metabolism slows because your thyroid is responsible for your metabolic rate. Sometimes there is an increase in cholesterol as well. Depression and what is commonly thought of as “brain fog” add to the problem. In general, you get sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.
Exercise, especially aerobic exercise, can help relieve these symptoms. It helps to increase good cholesterol and decrease bad cholesterol. There is also a net energy usage which can help you lose body fat and weight.

For depression, anxiety, and cognitive function, adding weight training to the aerobic exercise can be just the right thing. It can help reduce anxiety and give you clearer thinking.

There are other benefits of exercise which help to strengthen your treatment regimen for your hypothyroidism. It can help you stabilize your blood pressure, decrease inflammation, improve insulin sensitivity and even prevent diabetes.

Stress plays a big role to thyroid health. Exercise helps reduce stress and gives you a chance to clear your head. It doesn’t only work for thyroid symptoms. It can improve other areas of your health by lowering risk for stroke, bone loss, heart attacks, and even some cancers. It will improve your sleep and give you a stronger, more flexible body.

Exercise doesn’t have to mean sweating it out at a gym. For aerobic activities that are moderate in intensity walking quickly, participating in water aerobics, bike riding, dancing, tennis, or even pushing a lawn mower can be effective.

Once you get started and comfortable with that you might want to increase your exercise to a vigorous-intensity level. This can include jogging/running, swimming, or shooting hoops with your friends.

If you have hypothyroidism, building muscle mass to keep our basil metabolism active weight training is important. You want to improve your metabolism which slows due to hypothyroidism. Just two days of strength training each week can be helpful. These types of exercises can include weightlifting, resistance bands, sit ups, pushups, or yoga.

Always speak with your physician before you begin any exercise regimen. Together, you can work out a plan that is best for you. Generally, it is best to start with small goals and then build on them as your strength and endurance increase. Day one won’t get you in a marathon, but starting with one minute and increasing each time can get you there eventually if that’s what you want. Short 10-minute walks that increase overtime can help in many ways.
A total of 150 minutes of aerobic exercise of moderate-intensity each week with strength training working on each muscle group two days a week can help relieve those painful symptoms and drastically improve your quality of life.

Even though it may hurt to get up off that couch and get moving, it is something you really need to do for not just thyroid health, but overall health. Find something you enjoy that you’re willing to make a commitment to and get started. It doesn’t matter if it’s moderately or vigorously, what matters is that you get started!