When you have hypothyroidism, simple tasks like getting to work and running errands can feel like an exhausting workout. You’ve probably heard that exercise can help you manage your symptoms, but it seems impossible when you’re achy, fatigued, and depressed.
Even if it sounds difficult, the benefits of regular exercise for people with hypothyroidism are too impressive to ignore. Reading about these amazing benefits might just encourage you to find the right routine for your body so that you can start feeling better!
Unexplained weight gain is one of the first signs of hypothyroidism. Adding regular exercise is a great way to lose some weight and then eventually maintain your weight. You don’t have to exercise for hours a day or at a high intensity to see the benefits, either.
A consistent routine of a low-impact exercise is best for weight management and overall health. Going on a 30-minute walk or hike will do wonders for your health and you can get some vitamin D.
Relief for Your Muscles and Joints
When you’re just starting out, select exercises that don’t stress your joints. Swimming and water aerobics (or water walking) are great options while you get used to exercising.
Eventually, you’ll want to do exercises that increase muscle mass. This isn’t about starting an intense strength training routine! You can add muscle mass doing push-ups, planks, bodyweight squats, and yoga.
Increased muscle mass improves stability, balance, and even bone density. Having stronger muscles will also take some of the stress off of your joints.
It might seem like hitting the gym will make you feel tired, but it has the opposite effect. Once you make exercise a part of your regular routine, you’ll find that it fights off the sluggish feelings associated with hypothyroidism. As an added boost, exercise may improve the quality of your sleep, which will leave you feeling more energized the next day.
Depression and anxiety are some of the toughest hypothyroidism symptoms. Exercise causes the body to release endorphins, natural mood boosters that increase your sense of satisfaction and optimism.
Exercising can also help you take your mind off of stressful thoughts that may cause feelings of anxiety. You may also enjoy the social aspects of exercise, especially if you take a yoga class or dance class or go on walks with groups of friends.
Remember, you don’t have to do intense exercise to get all of these benefits. A consistent routine that doesn’t stress the body will be best for managing hypothyroidism symptoms.
If you’d like to craft a custom exercise routine that’s best for your symptoms, contact the team at Pollack Wellness Institute. We believe in getting to the root of your symptoms, and we would love to help you design the perfect workout.