Exercising with Thyroid Issues

Exercising with Thyroid Issues

Thyroid issues are currently very common in our country. Symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, joint pain, and depression can all occur if the thyroid isn’t functioning and balancing hormones properly. Because the symptoms of thyroid issues are affecting the body both physically and mentally, a lot of questions come up when it comes to fitness… like “Can I work out? Are there exercises that I shouldn’t be doing?” In most cases, you can and should work out when dealing with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism (*always consult with your physician)! But the key is to not over-do it! You definitely want to listen to your body at all times! Exercising can help combat symptoms from thyroid dysfunction by increasing energy, increasing bone density, increasing metabolism, improving mood, and promoting better sleep.

Types of exercise to perform:

  • Low-intensity exercises such as yoga, swimming, walking, cycling, step aerobics, water aerobics, and Tai Chi
  • Low-intensity resistance training

Types of exercise to avoid:

  • High-impact exercises such as running, jumping, and high intensity interval training
  • Long-distance endurance activities

As your thyroid begins to regulate more efficiently and you feel like you can add more to your workouts, you may begin to slowly add in high-intensity exercises into the mix. Even though you may feel better, don’t over-do it! This is definitely a gradual process that you have to take slow! So if you do have thyroid issues, stay active and respect your body! Having a consistent, low-intensity fitness plan is very beneficial for your thyroid health and hormone regulation.

*This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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  • Chloe Duke

    Living with thyroid issues can sometimes feel like a vicious cycle

  • Richard Moran

    We don’t have to run a marathon to reap the benefits of exercise.

  • Nettie Charlotte

    I suggest to avoid the temptation to push yourself.

  • Tom Pickles

    Keeping exercise levels up is generally going to help with any muscle weakness that may have set in, and with general fatigue.

  • Siddhartha Tandon

    Lower-impact exercise aids in weight maintenance.

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Dr. Kasey Johnson

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Dr. Kasey Johnson is a family wellness chiropractor with a true passion for helping families reach their highest health potential. She is passionate about helping families, especially children, reach their highest health potential. Her main goal is to educate families on steps that they can take to remove the interference in their health to help break the cycle of the current "sick-care" system. She has given many lectures on wellness in the community, worked with local schools and businesses, and had a health and wellness radio show with a team of doctors in 2015. Dr. Kasey Johnson is the host of a weekly podcast called The Unlock Wellness Podcast, where she speaks to health experts, community leaders, and inspiring people who are dedicated to helping others reach their highest potential. Her podcast is available on iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube, and GooglePlay. Dr. Kasey Johnson attended Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida Campus, to obtain her Doctor of Chiropractic. 

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