An underactive thyroid can turn your hormone production down to ‘low’, so it’s no surprise that your mood, metabolism, energy levels and a whole host of other bodily functions can sink there too. 

If you’ve been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid – known medically as hypothyroidism – you may be struggling with unexplained weight gain, lack of energy, weak and sore muscles, low mood and constipation.

Thankfully, there is hope for sufferers of hypothyroidism. NAPHL Health Hub Exercise Physiologist Aric Visentin (pictured) said exercise may be the answer to relieving some of the symptoms of a sluggish thyroid.

“The thyroid’s function is to regulate the body's metabolic rate, controlling heart, muscle and digestive function, brain development and bone maintenance,” Mr Visentin said.

“Regular exercise improves our thyroid function and relieves many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism,” he said.

The local clinician said it is possible to target your symptoms by choosing particular types of exercise.

“Low-impact cardiovascular exercises such as cycling, walking and swimming aid in weight loss,” Mr Visentin said.

“Resistance training can help keep the weight off too, as our muscles need more energy to maintain themselves than soft tissue. It also boosts your metabolism and your overall strength,” he said.

“Swimming is excellent for those who experience any joint pain. The water pressure reduces stress on your joints and aids in blood flow.”

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We all know the importance of exercise on our mental health, with Mr Visentin reminding us that moving your body regularly can help with the low moods that can come with an underactive thyroid.

“If your condition has you stressed or feeling down, aerobic exercises can elevate metabolism, improve energy and improve your mood,” he said.

If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, an Exercise Physiologist can guide you in how to exercise safely and effectively for your condition. To find out more, call 07 4722 8750 to book an appointment today. 

This is general health advice only. Exercise does not replace medical treatment for hypothyroidism, but is a useful add on and may assist in the management of hypothyroidism. You should speak to your doctor for diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders.