At a snap of a finger, some people can easily commit to dieting and exercising. But when you’re diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, you may require more than a coach’s average pep talk. Even the motivation to move is harder, especially when your body is tired and your joints are aching. However, experts at some wellness centers have unique treatments targeting Hashimoto’s Disease. In Logan, experts often recommend exercise. This is not your regular sweat-‘til-you-drop exercise sequence. Believe it or not, some low-impact exercises are designed for your long-term commitment.
The ultimate exercise cliché is walking. Experts advise beginners to walk comfortably for five minutes and increase the difficulty gradually. This may sound too basic, but taking the first step is the key.
Do you know that taking the first step forward uses some 200 muscles in your body? To get started, have realistic goals. For example, plan and commit to walking outside for 10 minutes daily. After seven days, increase your time spent walking to 15 minutes. Add some more minutes the following week.
At first, these activities may not appear to dent your weight, consider its psychological effects. Even a 12-minute walk could result in an improvement in mood. Some studies even claim enhanced self-confidence after walking. For some entrepreneurs and artists, walking promotes innovative ideas.
While these may appear too good to be true, consider its effect on the body. Walking flexes your muscles, which in turn needs more oxygen to function. To increase oxygen intake, you breathe faster. Blood needs to flow at a faster rate to bring additional oxygen to your muscles. Improved blood circulation and allowing your mind to wander during such an activity enables your brain cells to fire more rapidly.
Admit it. The first thing that comes to mind with flexibility exercises is yoga. Erase the thoughts with the poses that come to mind. Most of the poses found on TV are designed to leave you in awe. These are impossible for beginners to do right now. What you can do is start on meditation exercises. Such exercises may seem too easy but bear in mind that meditation helps in breathing. Again, just like walking, do not underestimate breathing exercises. Free divers thrive in their ability to breathe properly. They swim through deepest parts of the sea at such superhuman lengths of time, all without any respiratory accessory.
Some also consider meditation as a spiritual activity. For some, the benefits of meditation come in full force. Taking in a full breath of air has helped many in making better decisions and has ushered in that rare but very valuable “ah-ha!” moment.
For some, dancing is their preferred exercise. Some people engage in Zumba, a dance-based workout. With its increasing popularity, experts recommend 150 minutes for moderate workouts and 75 minutes for lively dances. Just remember to avoid movements that may aggravate joint pain. For more fun and increased motivation, try joining group Zumba.
Take the First Step
Each person has their coping mechanisms. For those with Hashimoto’s Disease, movements are harder. Motivations you hear may seem like ill platitudes. But when done properly, exercise is most beneficial. Remember that even the simple act of walking will make you feel better and stronger. It does not matter how you do it. It matters that you do it.