Dou you have Hashimoto’s exercise intolerance? Start with mobility first…

Hashimoto’s exercise intolerance is an issue for many patients suffering from Hashimoto’s. Mobility, endurance and strength go both hand in hand. Below is a great video from Ido Portal with a short sequence for you. 

How to beat Hashimoto’s exercise intolerance?

It’s easy… Make mobility training a part of your daily life instead. If you can’t do overly strenuous workouts then focus on mobility exercises that can make you feel great as well.

I so love Ido Portals work… Everything he does is full of art, skill and mastery. When you suffer from Hashimoto’s it´s important to do exercise that will challenge you physically but does not overstrain you.

How to improve your hip, spine and neck mobility

If you have problems with your hips, lower back, and spine the above sequence is one of the best things you can do daily to maintain or regain mobility, stability and flexibility in your whole body.

I am sitting a lot on my computer these days, working on my blog and writing on my first book covering personalized lifestyle medicine interventions in regards to Hashimoto’s treatment.

I realized for myself how writing for hours  can take a serious strain on your body and overall posture.

Your waist, hips and legs are your second heart. Keeping the lower body mobile, strong and supple is an investment that will be of benefit to you far into the future.

Your Thyroid function might benefit from it as well!

The Squat Resting position and Hashimoto’s exercise intolerance

The squat is a resting position that will take pressure of your spine, lumbar back and hips. It´s a deeply relaxing posture (after your lower body mobility has improved…)

When you stand for a long time this can be quite tiring and stressful for your body. When you have been on your feet all day running around from place to place this exercise is perfect too.

Especially when you aim to reduce stress this exercise is fantastic: it will build lower body strength, overall hip mobility and flexibility.

But take it easy and don´t overdo it! It’s a deep workout.

Develop lower body strength and a healthy cervical spine through a good Squat

A healthy spine and a mobile waist and hip will bring many health benefits.

I think as well that anything that will improve the health of your spine and neck will have a positive impact on your thyroid function.

From a healthy foundation (your lower body) you can build up upper body strength that is connected to the ground.

With a stable lower back you will achieve a more healthy and relaxed cervical spine. So you can see that the body is totally interconnected.

All martial arts styles that aim for longevity and whole body power, like Tai Chi for example, always emphasize the importance of a healthy waist and hip with strong legs.

Tai Chi is another great exercise style for Hashimoto´s patients.

I’d like to challenge you to a 30 day squat challenge…

Do you have it in you to improve your posture, hip mobility and overall body strength through taking on a 30 day squat challenge?

When you are ready leave a comment below that you are in… And please share the article with other Hashi´s folks. They can thank me later!

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Meet the Author

Matt Dippl

Matt Dippl, BHSc IFM is a passionate Hashimoto´s Researcher, Functional Medicine Advocate and Biohacker. In 2012 Matt got diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, a complex autoimmune disease. After applying cutting-edge Functional Medicine strategies he became symptom-free. Matt has a Health Science degree from the University of Technology in Sydney and lives in Munich, Germany with his wife Tiffany.

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  • Cool post, Matt!

    • Love Edo’s work. What an artist… He comes regularly to Sydney as far as I know. A friend of mine in Canberra has trained with him and acquired some great skills.

  • Jessamyn Butler Âû

    Love Ido’s work. I would love to try this, but how to do with swollen, weak, painful knees?

    • Good point Jessamyn. With swollen, weak and painful knees I’d suggest some low impact workouts like Qi Gong or Tai Chi. These movements are often done with a high stance and focus on wide open body movements which will let highly oxygenated blood travel through your body more easily. What you can try as well is to lie on your back and slighlty elevate your legs so that your knees are higher then your hips. Then place a heavy book on your belly. When you inhale the book rises and when you fully exhale the book comes down again. Do this everyday for a few minutes to improve your breathing via shifting it from a chest breathing approach to a belly breathing one. Belly breathing is good to optimize blood flow through the body and it might help to get the swelling in your legs down. Breathing is really important.

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