Hypothyroidism and Fitness: How hypothyroidism affects fitness and how can fitness help

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Hypothyroidism, by scientific definition, is a condition in which one’s thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of certain important hormones. Studies reveal that this can be most likely gotten by women who are older than age 60.

This can also be due to heredity—since it can be passed through genetics. Or if a person has autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, a chronic inflammatory condition.

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Another risk factor of having hypothyroidism could be premature delivery or exposure to the neck or upper chest radiation. This is one serious ailment because a person who has hypothyroidism produces an imbalanced chemical reaction in one’s body and thus causes other health problems like obesity, joint pain, infertility, and even heart disease.

Regardless if you are a man or a woman, you need to be careful enough to live a healthy and balanced life so as not to heighten the risk of having the illness. However, due to medical advancements, there are already existing thyroid function tests available that are simple, safe and effective to diagnose and treat the said disease.

However, is not it more enticing to think that hypothyroidism, just like any disease, can also be cured by a natural intervention? All a person needs to realize is his conscious decision to choose whether he only wants his hypothyroidism to be cured or he wants a healthy body and a sound mind for the rest of his life. Perhaps the second option would sound very, very good.

To make you be convinced of how this so-called natural intervention could be of really great help, read on.


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW


Do you have any idea that your thyroid gland may just be one tiny organ in your body, but it portrays a big role in your body’s proper functioning? The reason for this is stated by medical experts wherein our thyroid produces a hormone that regulates our metabolism which is ultimately the process of converting what we eat and drink to energy.

Aside from the mentioned effects, hypothyroidism also affects your mood in a negative way since the thyroid gland allows proper regulation of the chemical messengers, more specifically, neurotransmitters that are used by our brain to communicate with our nerves. If our thyroid loses its ability to function, the messengers can go haywire which then leads us to become anxious and depressed. Therefore, the affected portion will not just be your physical health but most importantly, your mental wellness as well.


WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that having the appropriate exercise routine allows you to combat hypothyroidism and its symptoms, and along the way having to intentionally lose or maintain weight, and starting to feel much better. Frequent exercise as proven and tested burns calories preventing weight gain and can even protect you from having a slow metabolism.

A good exercise is also a good mood-booster since while you are working out, your body releases endorphins—the hormone responsible for mood enhancement making you feel light-hearted all throughout the day.


THE HYPOTHYROIDISM-EXERCISE RELATION


Perhaps the most appropriate workout for a person having hypothyroidism is a complete blend of low-impact aerobic exercises and strength training, according to an endocrinologist in the name of Yaroslav Gofnung. This is because engaging in low-impact aerobic exercises enables our heart rates up and keeps our lungs going without putting up too much pressure on your joints, which is said to be most important according to Dr. Gofnung since joint pain is another common hypothyroidism symptom. Moreover, a stationary reclining or recumbent bicycle and a low-impact elliptical machine are also satisfactory machine choices for a cardio exercise.

Most naturally, walking is an excellent exercise too as long as you do not have knees or ankles swelling. Gentle yoga or one that is known as Pilates, can also help enhance core muscles and ease back and hip pain which can also be related to hypothyroidism.

People that have hypothyroidism can also use strength training as in lunges, leg raises, push-ups and weight-training machines at their very own advantage because strength training allows for the building of muscle mass and muscle is able to burn more calories than fat, even when you are at rest. Building the muscle can really protect you from potential weight gain since weight gain may also due to an underactive thyroid.


BEST HYPOTHYROIDISM EXERCISES

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There are many hypothyroidism exercises suggested by medical experts and one of which is the One-Legged Dead Lift. All you need to do is stand on one leg while holding onto something for balance and keeping your one hand relaxed in front of your thigh.

You must push your hips as far back as you can until your hand touches the ground, and then come back up. This should be felt in the glutes or the butt muscles and then the back should not curve rather it should stay straight, but does not have to be upright.

Second best hypothyroidism exercise known is the very popular Squats. What you have to do is stand up straight and then bend at your hips and knees until you are in a sitting position before you go down all the way. Last but not the least is the Overhead Press wherein you will raise a pair of dumbbells to shoulder height and then turn your arms so they are facing forward. You then lift the dumbbells up until your elbows are straight before you lower them back down to your shoulders.


DISCLAIMER


Although the abovementioned really brings more harm than good, you must also talk first with your doctor before starting with any workout exercise. Most importantly, you should not replace any thyroid medication over an exercise since the medication itself is there for a very good reason. Dr. Harrel comments on this: “With the right medication, you should feel better within three to four weeks and have the motivation to get back to (or get into) a regular exercise routine.”


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