When you have a thyroid disorder, exercise has a whole host of benefits that impact not only your overall health, but that can help relieve some of your symptoms.
*Increases your energy levels:*
If you have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), you may often feel fatigued, but regular workouts will combat your tiredness.
*Supports deeper, better sleep:*
When your thyroid is producing too much hormone (hyperthyroidism), your sleep may be fragmented and you may have night sweats that wake you up, resulting in poorer sleep. Getting exercise often results in a good night's sleep.
*Improves your mood:* Depression is common with thyroid disorders, especially hypothyroidism. Exercise gets your endorphins ("feel good" hormones) moving and makes you feel good.
*Increases your bone density:*
Bone loss can occur with hyperthyroidism, but studies show that strength training can help you get some of that loss back.
*Boosts your metabolism:*
When you have hypothyroidism, your metabolism takes a nosedive, causing you to gain weight, which is likely one of the first symptoms you noticed. Exercising can be another tool, along with your thyroid medication, to help support a healthy metabolism by burning calories and developing muscle, which in turn burns fat.