If you have thyroid disease, did you know you can completely shift your metabolism with body movement? It’s true! By using two types of body movement, you can put your body into a fat-burning zone and rev up your metabolism!
You may not think this first type has much value. Passive movement isn’t the structured, go-bust-your-butt type of exercise; however, it may be more important than we think.
Passive movement is what we do to keep from being stationary for long blocks of time. It can be fidgeting, moving randomly, etc.
The longer we are still, the more our metabolism slows and the fewer calories we burn. Some argue that the duration of being sedentary is as hard on our bodies as smoking!
A trick to keep your body moving is to hydrate really well. You may be asking, “Why would hydrating make me move more?” Because you can’t sit still for very long without needing to use the restroom if you’re well hydrated! Shoot for 3-4 quarts (or more) of water for the day. This will give you a built-in timer about every hour to get up and move. When you return from the restroom trip, take a few moments to do a couple stretches. Touch your toes, reach up high, do a jumping jack or two and take a couple deep breaths. Make a habit of moving your body and getting your blood circulating at least once an hour.
When I was working on my last book, I’d take large blocks of time to study and write (like 14 hours a day). I’d set a 50-minute timer. When the timer went off, I’d have a set of things to do: a couple push-ups, a couple pull-ups, some jumping jacks, chi-gong breathing and some bouncing. This activity every 50 minutes made a big difference in my ability to maintain throughout the day.
Active movement is what we think of in terms of exercise.
There are two types of active movement that are best for revving your metabolism: gentle and prolonged or intense and very brief.
Gentle exercise is that casual walk or a restorative yoga-type class. This type of exercise is soothing for the body. It moves you out of a high-stress state and into a more secure and relaxed state. This aids your body to burn fuel more efficiently.
When you’re up for it, brief bursts of high-intensity activity is also good for you. All it takes is 20-30 minutes at the most. Circuit training is a good example. This is where you’ll do one type of exercise, then move onto the next, then the next, etc. For instance, you may do some jumping jacks, then immediately do some push-ups, then some crunches, etc. You may also have a circuit at the gym where you do one machine, then the next machine and keep on going. This also works well for high-intensity interval training. This is where you run, cycle or do a StairMaster, hitting it hard one minute, going easy for two minutes and repeating cycles like that.
These types of exercise move you a little outside your comfort zone into a range where your body is pushed to repair itself and become stronger.
You don’t want to exercise with moderate intensity for long periods of time. You either want to exercise in a super casual and relaxed way or a briefly brisk and intensified way.
Both passive and active body movement make a huge difference in revving the metabolism, pushing your body back into a fat-burning zone and making tons of endorphins!
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Dr. Alan Glen Christianson (Dr. C) is a Naturopathic Endocrinologist and the author of The NY Times bestselling Adrenal Reset Diet.
Dr. C’s gift for figuring out what really works has helped hundreds of thousands of people reverse thyroid disease, lose weight, cure diabetes, and regain energy. Learn more about the surprising story that got him going.