Exercise can manage thyroid hormones in both hypo and hyperthyroidism and can keep a check on other thyroid related complications too. The following are the most recommended exercises for patients living with thyroid condition which can fit in their daily routine.
It is one of the simplest exercises as it doesn’t require any special equipment. Brisk walking for about 30 mins a day or a moderate pace walk for about 40 to 50 mins a day is generally recommended. In addition, walking also improves cardiac health, breathing difficulties and can aid in weight management. A special note, your walking shoes should be comfortable and ergonomically suited. Without proper footwear other parts such as knees, ankles and spine may get affected if not taken care.
Water aerobics are a good substitute to break free from the routine exercise regime and are especially beneficial for those who are on the higher side of weight (obese). Water therapy or water aerobics are mostly advised for those with knee or joint pains and they are exclusively advised for patients with hyperthyroidism which gives a lighter feel and helps in staying fit. Water aerobics can be incorporated into exercise routine for at least 2 to 3 times a week, especially during the summer season.
This form of moving meditation has an ability to control mood swings which are one among the frequent seen symptoms in thyroid disease. Additionally, it alleviates the muscle stiffness caused by hyperthyroidism and it can manage sluggish metabolism in hypothyroidism. Tai chi can be performed 4 times a week as a part of exercise regime under a good practitioner.
Many researches strongly say that there is a direct connection between stress and thyroid. Yoga not only improves thyroid function by stimulation of thyroid gland, but it can also manage stress effectively. Additionally, it also improves overall health, concentration ability and posture.
Yoga poses for hypothyroidism
Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
Ushtrasana (camel pose)
Trikonasana (Triangle pose)
Yoga poses for hyperthyroidism
Setubandhasana (Bridge Pose)
Tadasana (palm tree pose)
Shavasana(the corpse pose)