Is your Hypothyroidism Self Sabotaging your Workouts?

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We all know that regular exercise is an important part of your overall health. Exercise burns calories to prevent weight gain and helps speed up your metabolism. It is also a releases endorphins to give you those mood-enhancing chemicals. What if I told you that exercise can cause adrenal crashes due to your already high cortisol issues? You could be stressing your thyroid out even more and not even realizing it. Are you exercising but not getting any results? Are you still gaining weight, feeling constantly fatigued, irritable and moody and often battling some other sort of sickness? You could be  actually stressing your body more out by over-exercising.

The magic word here is cortisol.  

Cortisol, a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland. It is released in response to stress. When you are stressed, your body releases certain “fight-or-flight” stress hormones that are produced in the adrenal glands: cortisol, norepinephrine and epinephrine. Staying stressed raises your cortisol levels and your body actually resists weight loss. Your body thinks times are hard and you might starve, so it hoards the fat you eat or what you have presently on your body. Cortisol will grab fat from your butt and hips, and move it to your abdomen which has more cortisol receptors. Hello there Mrs. Muffin Top!

Today most of us are in a chronic stress state. However, our body don’t know the  difference between car troubles, relationship issues, debt, work pressure and truly life-threatening stress. This is why our body still ready to defend and reacts exactly the same as it always has done.

Over-exercising can:

  • Deplete hormones necessary for the functioning of the body
  • Cause gradual bone loss
  • Increase injuries
  • Cause cramping of muscles
  • Add to inflammation
  • Increase healing time
  • Affect cardiac function
  • Affect blood flow
  • Decrease the ability of muscles to use fatty acids as a source of energy
  • Reduce endurance

Here are a few things you can start to incorporate into your life:

1.Limit your caffeine to 200 milligrams a day. ( This is equal to about one 12 oz cup of coffee)

2. Start eating a true Keto diet. In doing this  you will  avoid simple carbs, processed foods, and refined grains, and get plenty of high-quality protein, healthy fats and great vegetables.

3. It’s okay to say NO! Take time to relax, take a nap, distress and recuperate.

4. Start building your endurance back slowly.

5. Get a heart rate monitor and use it. Know your heart rate comfort zone.

6. Listen to your body. How do you feel the next day? Do you need an extra day to recover?

7. Set realistic goals, one step at a time and don’t get discouraged.

8.   Try a  Low-impact aerobics workout . Something to get your heart rate up and your lungs going without putting too much pressure on your joints, which is important because joint pain is another common hypothyroidism symptom.

9. Strength training is good.  Strength training builds muscle mass, and muscle burns more calories than fat, even when you’re at rest.

10. Get some sleep!

Just think how great its going to feel when you are as healthy on the inside as you look on the outside! The ultimate goal isn’t to look fit but to be fit.

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Health and Happiness,



Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.


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1 Marmara University, Engineering Faculty, Department of Chemical Engineering,

2 Marmara University, School of Physical Education and Sports – Istanbul,

3 University of Gaziantep, The School of Physical Education and Sports,

4 Firat University Medicine Faculty Biochemistry Department,

5 Muğla University The School of Physical Education and Sports, Mugla – Turkey

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