Do these exercises to keep thyroid problems under check

Adding specific exercises for people with thyroid issues can have a big impact. Such exercises increase metabolism without taxing the body.

ByDr Srinivas Kandula

Published Jun 13, 2024 | 12:00 PM Updated Jun 13, 2024 | 12:00 PM

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Thyroid health maintenance via exercise and wellness practices is crucial for general well-being.

There can be a big impact from adding specific exercises for people with thyroid issues.

Such exercises increase metabolism without overtaxing the body.

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Exercises for thyroid health

Here are a few things that people can start practising to keep their thyroid health in check”

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): This is especially useful for treating weight difficulties associated with hypothyroidism.

Pilates with HIIT: Helps with improved posture and strengthens your core muscles which are frequently impaired by thyroid-related fatigue.

Pranayama: Practise pranayama to increase oxygenation and lower stress hormones, which could otherwise have a detrimental effect on thyroid function.

Alternate-nostril breathing technique: This can assist in bringing the body’s energy into balance and fostering serenity.

Nature therapy: Spending time in green areas can lower stress and inflammation. Thus, prioritising nature therapy is vital to thyroid health.

Personalised diet: Include foods high in zinc and selenium in your diet. A personalised diet can help the body produce thyroid hormones.

Yoga for relaxation: Yoga can be useful to strengthen muscles and improve stretching in your body. It also focuses on breathing techniques which can help with the relaxation of the body.

Strength training: Lifting light weights or using the body weight to perform exercises such as squats can help build muscles. This may also help relieve joint pains experienced by thyroid patients.

Low-impact exercises: Walking, jogging, or stair-climbing can be practised. Experts also suggest activities like dancing, swimming, aerobics, etc for thyroid health. This helps move the body and burn calories.

Tai Chi: This is a martial art that incorporates meditation with a focus on breathing exercises. This gentle exercise can improve the flexibility of the muscles.

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(Edited by Arkadev Ghoshal)