Tired of being tired?

Jan 13, 2015
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January is thyroid awareness month. Thyroid conditions are an issue that most people don’t realize they have; or in my case been dealing with the condition for 22 years. Fatigue is usually the first noticeable symptom and then a laundry list of others follows.

There are two typical categories that the disease can fall into, hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. The disease that I have is Hashimoto’s which is often confused with hypothyroidism. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is where antibodies react against proteins in the thyroid gland creating a gradual slow down and ultimately stops functioning causing a goiter. After 15 years battling the goiter growth, checking my levels of thyroid hormones it had to be removed. The learning curve for me was when I was trying to lose weight. I was tired all of the time and no matter how much I exercised, watched my food intake, I couldn’t lose weight.   Went to my Endocrinologist who suggested I exercise in the mornings rather than the evenings.

Educating myself on the process of the thyroid gland and what it controls was a huge perk for me. Our metabolism is controlled primarily by the thyroid gland. If it is not working properly it begins to create issues in other parts of the body. For me, weight gain was the issue then followed up with extreme fatigue. In some cases you can see muscle loss and depression. Symptoms are different in each of us who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism; those with hyperthyroidism can vary and even seem the extreme opposite.

Understanding my body and what was happening, I found a gym. Exercise increases your metabolism and lean muscle mass, boosts your mood and increases your energy levels. Regular aerobic exercise can elevate your T4 and T3 levels which encourages natural production and function of the thyroid gland with either disease. Not sure where to begin or even understand aerobic exercise here are a few suggestions. One of the best for hypothyroidism is dancing, biking or swimming for 30 minutes to an hour each day. For hyperthyroidism, one of the best exercise formats is resistance training 2 to 3 times a week. Both conditions can benefit from a functional exercise that introduces calmness such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Ai Chi (in water) for overall optimal health.

Exercise is not a substitute for medical treatment, therefore, get checked out. Consult your physician before you begin any exercise. Remember you are your best advocate, have fun in doing what can make your potentially feel better.

Author: Windy Wills

  • bobl07

    This is a topic that I do not know that much about. Thank you so much for the update.

  • http://attractgetwomen.com/ Bellaisa Filippis

    I didn’t know that exercise encourages natural production; although, it makes total sense. Another reason to get busy dancing!

  • bobl07

    I am all for dancing. Thank you for your comments.

  • windyh2o

    Absolutely dance or any movement where you are having fun. It makes the world of difference. Thanks for your comment.