Today is all about exercising when you have thyroid problems.
First, you need to understand how exercise impacts calorie burn in your body. There are 2 main ways that your body burns calories…
The first is through your metabolism (of which about 60% is controlled by your thyroid) which accounts for around 70% of total calories burned and the other 30% is controlled through other activities such as exercise.
Factors that influence your metabolism include your resting heart rate, thinking, breathing, sleeping and so on.
Factors that you can control include the amount that you exercise and how active you are throughout the day.
In many cases, patients accidentally damage their metabolism by overexercising which can cause issues to their thyroid.
This means you have to be careful when you exercise because it causes stress to your body.
This stress, if excessive, can also cause damage to other hormones such as cortisol.
The proper amount of exercise can help increase your metabolism by increasing muscle mass and the number of calories that you burn each day.
But how much is enough?
The amount that you will need to exercise will vary and will be different from other people but you will want to combine both low-intensity exercises which high-intensity interval training.
Starting off slow, and listening to your body, is critical if you want to feel better and improve thyroid function.
Exercising helps you lose weight by altering your hormones (and this is more important than its ability to increase the amount of calories that you burn).
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