What’s The Best Exercise Routine For YOU?
(sorry for my dog’s barking in the background! Lol)
Running? Swiming? Weightlifting? Crossfit? Boot camp? Sports? Yoga? WHAT??
Not seeing results? You may be spending time doing the wrong exercise routine for YOUR health needs!
For us to see results, we have to take into consideration our current health status. Have you been exercising without seeing results? Well, then this may be your case… you are probably doing the wrong thing.
This has happened to me many times before, when I found myself on the treadmill, running like a hamster on a wheel, 1hr every day, 5-6 times/week. Then I would hop on the scale and… my weight went UP!! I remember being SO frustrated with myself, blaming my body for being the way it was, blaming my thyroid for slowing down my metabolism… And the way I thought was: “Well if my thyroid is slowing my metabolism down, that means that I have to do more than everybody else to see results.” And so I would.
At that point in my life, I was at my heaviest: 170lbs. I was taking hypothyroid pills, shivering like crazy for being cold all the time, my hair was falling out so much, to the point that I was afraid of washing it, besides being exhausted — really exhausted — every day, no matter what time of the day it was.
Still, I pushed myself to go to the gym every day to run for an hour- for months- without seeing results.
Here are some pictures of me from back when I was struggling so much, going to the gym almost every day, but only seeing my weight go up:
Always take into consideration your health conditions
As you can imagine, at that time of my life, my body was going through a lot of stress. The proof of that was in my symptoms: even though I was taking medication to better my thyroid, the pills were not working (I ended up stopping taking the pills at some point; if you would like to know more, click here). I still had all of the symptoms that came with having a low thyroid… So, looking back, I know that my body was under a lot of stress, trying to fix itself and regulate my entire body — the thyroid is a very important gland that releases hormones that regulate almost EVERY cell in our bodies!
I was still learning about health back then and hadn’t even started my research yet so, just like you, I did what I thought made sense: since my metabolism had slowed down, I was trying to make it go faster, by raising my heart rate: doing cardio exercises.
Little did I know, I was only making matters worse.
So, what should I have done?
Listen to your body
Every exercise routine that we are under should be picked after we took a look at our current health condition. If we are under stress (physical, chemical, or emotional) we should do one type of exercise; if we have hormone problems we should do something else. Same goes for heart conditions, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory problems, skeletal problems, etc.
We wouldn’t go for a run with a broken foot, right? That’s obvious. And it is only obvious because the result of it is immediate pain. But what people don’t realize is that the same rule applies when we are having other types of health conditions (or symptoms). The way we exercise will affect that health condition and, that health condition will affect our exercise results.
Only when I learned to stop doing everything that I was doing, changed my exercise routine completely, and listened to my body, was when I started losing the so unwanted weight that my body was holding. And, by losing the weight and working WITH my body- focusing on HEALING instead of losing weight- was when my body started to balance its hormones naturally.
On this series of blog posts, I will be talking about the following ailments and what type of exercises is good to do, considering those health conditions and/or symptoms (the conditions/symptoms of my 6-year research):
- Chronic Stress
- Thyroid problems (hypo and hyperthyroidism)
- Heart problems
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Respiratory Problems
Curious? Well, I hope that you subscribe to my blog so that you don’t miss out on what YOU should be doing for your health and, consequently, your weight!
As always, choose to be healthy.
See you next Sunday!!
Disease Prevention Advocate, Blogger, Author, Speaker, Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and Licensed Medical Massage Practitioner by the Virginia Board of Nursing