For the hypothyroid patient, when the body feels sluggish and heavy, it is important to not force oneself to perform rigorous exercise, as it will deplete the body’s energy reserves even further.
Although a hyperthyroid patient may exhibit restlessness and appear fidgety, this does not indicate an abundance of healthy physical energy.
The body is overstimulated by the overproduction of thyroid hormones and if left untreated, may eventually lead to hypothyroid as the gland wears itself out.
In both cases, suitable exercises are swimming, walking, gentle yoga, and tai chi.
Tai chi is a form of exercise that strengthens the body through fluid, gentle motions.
The rhythm of tai chi brings tranquility to the mind.
The soothing movements can bring relief to runaway emotions, help increase blood flow to the head, and increase the availability of energy to all the body.
This practice is affectionately known as ‘meditation in motion.’ For this reason, tai chi also provides stress relief.
Managing stress levels is very important when it comes to managing symptoms of any thyroid condition.
Maintaining emotional equilibrium prevents the hormone cortisol from being produced. Cortisol is like an alarm bell telling the body to prepare to flee or fight.
Cortisol, when released into the bloodstream in excess, can exacerbate imbalances in the thyroid gland, interrupting the normal rate at which thyroid hormones are produced and released.
Although it is unrealistic to live a life without any stress, it is important to reduce the impact of stressful situations.
A daily routine of tai chi, yoga or a meditation practice may help mitigate the negative consequences of tension and adverse situations when they do occur.
Getting a good night’s sleep also improves the ability to handle stress well.