Exercise or Not? Feeling Exhausted
Exercise can kill you. Well, so can lots of other things, but people tout exercise as all good, all the time.
Before we jump on that bandwagon, let's take a look at how exercise works.
Exercise stresses the body. It builds free radicals, those natural enemies that rust out our various and sundry parts.
Exercise's benefits come with recovery. After you stop exercising, your body sets about making things right. Your feelings of well-being, even euphoria, come from recovery.
If exercise leaves you feeling exhausted, you're doing yourself in. Your exercise created too deep a stress pit for recovery to dig out. Very bad idea.
Exercise for short periods
Let your body tell you what to do. Exercise in short bursts and find your balance between exercise and recovery. This is absolutely essential for anybody with endocrine problems-thyroid, adrenals, etc. You're in enough trouble without force-marching your body through rigorous exercise.
If you have severe endocrine issues, you may not exercise at all for a time.
Some years back, I hit a very bad spell. After years of working out, not happily but regularly, I suddenly lacked energy. To do anything.
I put my gym membership on hold and started doing my impression of a beached whale. Friends thought I might be dying.
My doctor ordered the adrenal saliva test, which I failed. Adrenal failure, it said. And my doctor's bag of tricks came up empty. As often seemed the case, I was on my own.
Well, okay. Life is what it is, so I expanded my research. My recovery took the scenic route, with serendipity leading the way, but here I am.
The cause and the cure are another story for another day, but I have to tell you, pausing my gym membership and saving my energy for the fight at hand proved crucial. My high endocrine stress level made exercise recovery impossible.
Exercise if you can
So, exercise if you can. The test is always to do what you can do without knocking the stress/recovery balance for a loop. Results happen wherever you start. The stress-recovery balance moves up as you keep on keeping on.
Walking can build you up. Walk at a pace that allows you to carry on a conversation as you go; that's a sign you're in stress/recovery balance. And don't go so far that your patooty's dragging on the way home.
Lifting light weights as you watch TV helps. A few lifts with two-pound weights may be where you start. Not to worry. You're doing something. Just let it build.
Don't go at exercise to prove anything, just to bless your health.
Whatever you do, let your body lead the way. The body knows.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.