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From fighting fatigue to combating unexpected weight gain, exercising can help you manage when you have hypothyroidism.

Dealing with hypothyroidism may sometimes feel cynical. This condition is known to cause fatigue, painful joints, and weight gain.

A health condition such a thyroid disease, can make exercising a painful or even an unbearable routine.




A thyroid gland may be small but it plays a significant role in how well the body functions regularly. It is because the thyroid regulates metabolism by producing a hormone and processes and converts the food and drink consumed to energy.

Hypothyroidism is a condition or event that cause the deficit to the functioning of the gland from the destruction of the cells of the thyroid. Hashimoto thyroiditis is one cause of hypothyroidism. It is a condition that resulted from the attack of the thyroid gland by the body’s immune system. In some cases, some women acquire hypothyroidism after giving birth. One of the major cause of hypothyroidism is intensive treatment such as medication, radiation, and surgery of an overactive gland – thyroid. Whatever the causes, the risk of developing hypothyroidism increases as one age and is generally higher for a female. A reduced production of regulating hormones of the body's process can be caused by the impaired thyroid gland.

When you have an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism, your metabolism performs slowly that causes increased gain weight and thus can feel fatigued and sluggish.

Not enough thyroid hormone can also mean too much portion of a bad fat or LDL cholesterol present in the bloodstream. The thyroid hormone functions as it helps break down the cholesterol that circulates in the blood and other enzymes to get rid of the body's triglycerides which are known as another type of blood fat in the liver.

Hypothyroidism also affects mood negatively. The thyroid glands act as a neurotransmitter to your brain as it communicates with other glands. When the thyroid is not functioning properly, neurotransmitters can be distressed leaving you feeling anxious and depressed.


Hypothyroidism and its effect on exercise


Some may not experience any signs or symptoms of hyperthyroidism until the disease develops and progress through ages. One of the many signs of the conditions is feeling increased fatigue during physical activity. Other symptoms that affect the ability to exercise include the general feeling of weakness and drastic weight gain despite having a balanced diet and exercise. Some experience depression due to the low motivation to engage in exercise and other physical activities.

So what is the best type of exercise if you have a hypothyroidism? Low-Impact aerobic exercises and strength training program are strongly recommended by endocrinologists. Studies say that low impact aerobics can increase heart rate and your lungs healthier without much pressure on the joints. This is relevant as joint pain is another common symptom of hypothyroidism, too.  


The Best Fitness Exercises That Can Help Combat Hypothyroidism


People with hypothyroidism are recommended to do a cardio and a strength-training exercise that includes these six exercises.


One-legged deadlift


While balancing, hold on to something (while standing on one leg for support). Put one hand in front of your thigh in a relaxed position. As far back as you can, push your hips until you can reach and touch the ground with your hand. Stand up. This exercise should be felt in the rear (gutes or butt muscles). The back should stay straight as it should not curve and not upright.




While standing, bend your hips and knees until you are in a sitting position. Lower your position.


Similar vertical push or overhead press move


Get a pair of dumbbells and raise it to a shoulder height. Turn your arms facing forward. Lift the dumbbells until your elbows are facing a straight position, then lower them both back down to your shoulders.


Similar vertical pull or lat pull-down move


With palms facing away, grab a pull-down bar and pull it close to your collarbone. Keep back straight and ensure that the bar gets close your face possible.


Similar horizontal pull or rowing move


Sit on the bench while rowing your hands in a machine and holding the handle attached to the cable. While your back is on a straight position, lean about 10 to 15 degrees back then pull the cable inwards until it touches the mid-stomach. Release it under full control.

It is best to start with 15 repetitions of each of these exercises and gradually increase up to 20. The routines are known to be easy on the joints. It may take 15- 20 while you are starting out complete this routine.

Adjust the number if repetitive routines as you progress. Try these routines in just two weeks and you can also try a different routine. The more you are getting in shape, the faster the progress will come.

If there is quite a challenge doing it on your own, find a personal trainer who can recommend and show you how to lose weight through the exercises you prefer.

However, always consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine. These exercises should never make a substitute for any thyroid medication. You should feel better with the right medication within three to four weeks.

With the right exercise and motivation, you can fight hypothyroidism symptoms or lose and maintain weight. Medication and keeping fit will make you start feeling much better.

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