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  • Carol Michaels

Exercise Tips for Hypothyroidism

A person with thyroid issues needs to be monitored regularly by a physician to make sure that the amount of thyroid medication is correct. Cardiac issues may arise due to the wrong dose of thyroid hormone. It is a good idea for those on thyroid  hormone to monitor their heart rate because the thyroid hormone can make their heart rate speed up really fast during high intensity exercise.  I recommend moderate intensity exercise and using a heart rate monitor if needed.

Aerobic, strength training and stretching exercises  should be included in the treatment plan for hypothyroidism. Strength training exercises are especially important in order to decrease the risk of osteoporosis. Maintaining healthy bones requires that thyroid levels are in the correct range. The thyroid hormone affects the rate of bone replacement. Too much thyroid hormone in your body speeds the rate at which bone is lost. If this happens too fast the osteoblasts may not be able to replace the bone loss quickly enough. If the thyroid hormone level in your body stays too high or low for a long period there is a higher risk of developing osteoporosis.

Those with hypothyroidism  may be at higher risk for osteoporosis especially if the parathyroid is affected. Therefore, strength training and weight bearing exercise should be performed on order to decrease the risk of osteoporosis.

An exercise routine should also include gentle stretches. Neck and shoulder stiffness may be a side effect of thyroid surgery. Therefore, gentle neck and shoulder exercises should be performed following the operation in order to help prevent any permanent stiffness. 

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