Tamara if your interesting in getting into running, come over to the Jeff Galloway Spark Team! Jeff Galloway is a 1972 Olympian who started the Galloway Run/walk/Run programs! What you do is incorporate timed walk breaks into your Jogging! He has written alot of Books on Running with walk breaks and you can find them in your local Library, Book stores and on teh Web www.jeffgalloway.com I'm also Hypothyroid too, but have been running using this method for 10 years now. Sure, I get tired but I don't let or blame my Hypothyroidism on slowing me down. Running and walking is a Cardio exercise but it also helps burn calories if you are in your Heart rate's "Fat Burning" zone. and the periodic walk breaks helps with your body's recovery too. I've also lost and gained weight but mostly that gain in that Healthy Muscle which helps to burn fat too. As long as your Thyroid meds are optomized and that your not experiencing alot of the side effects of your Hypothyroidisum you should do fine... I'm glad your enjoying life and have alot of spirit in spite of your Hypothyroidism. Because that is what I do too every day! I'm gl
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Fitness Minutes: (8,062) Posts: 103 11/9/12 1:21 P
I'd joined Spark People years ago and then gone quiet. Almost seven weeks ago my blood tests showed that I have hypothyroidism. It explains a lot! Mood swings (including two days of being in tears a week), very tired, low energy, dry flaky skin, insomnia earlier in the year, foggy brain, not being able to think or concentrate, or remember and more. I've been taking medication since then, and am due to have another blood test to see where it's at now.
The area where I have surprised myself, and others (and confused more) is exercise! I've long been a keen walker, and had been walking 10km (6.2miles) twice a week for some time. A friend challenged me to run in a 10km fun run, at which I laughed at. However, one day I thought I'm walking quite fast, I'll try a little jogging. Then I tried 2 min jogs (which was all I could manage)/5min walks and so on for a while, and gradually built it up. Once I reached 5km, I started to admit that I was giving it a go to others. My sister, who used to be a keen runner when she was younger (and hasn't exercised too much for nearly 20 years. She's been busy with 5 kids) also wanted to join me. We've been an encouragement for each other! About three weeks ago we both completed the 10km fun run... jogged all the way, no walking! We're now trying to maintain that fitness and are looking into the next one.
What baffles some people (myself included) is that if I don't have energy, how do I manage to jog that far? Truth is I did a lot of training before I knew what I had, and thought I was tired and needed a good holiday! Admittedly it was also helpful when I was very irritable (which I was frequently the month before being diagnosed)... I let off steam on the track!!! Also, I never actually felt good running (like my friends say they do), I always felt terrible, and admittedly would rather have a nap... but I enjoyed reaching mini goals along the way, and stepping up to each challenge. I do tell myself to keep going a lot... it's a huge mental battle! I haven't lost one bit of weight, unlike my sister, but have been stable all year with the exercise. But I am fitter!
Now, my aim is to try and live the best in spite of hypothyroidism!
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