Exercise Is a GREAT Way to Get Healthy, But Too Much Can Do the Opposite!

Exercising is essential to keep the body functioning properly, but we need to have a balance of many different types of exercise to be healthy.

A client that was a high-level marketing executive with a very stressful job, was running 4-5x per week every morning PLUS did a spin class 2x per week.

You would think with that amount of exercising she would have no problem with her weight, but she did. She had hypothyroid and could not lose that nagging twelve pounds that had been weighing her down for over a decade.

She was frustrated that she could implement the best marketing strategies to win clients, but when it came to her weight she was struggling.

I encouraged her to consider exercising less hard: only two times per week running or spinning, and incorporate daily walking and gentle Hatha Yoga classes into her routine on the other days.

She was extremely hesitant at first. She feared that if she stopped working out so hard she would blow up like a balloon!

But, when she finally moved beyond her fear and eased up the stress on her body, she lost ten pounds in the first month.

She was shocked!

She thought she had to exercise her brains out to lose weight, but that wasn’t the truth. She definitely needed to exercise, but she also needed a more balanced approach to the way she was exercising.

A young male student that attended one of my thyroid health cooking classes was running over seventy miles per week! Holy cow – that’s a lot of running! He wasn’t overweight, but was suffering from low-thyroid function (hypothyroid), and more importantly, he couldn’t sleep at night.

His doctor told him to stop running! I agree with the doc’s assessment. This guy was running himself right into adrenal fatigue!

Keep in mind that running won’t necessarily contribute to thyroid disease or adrenal fatigue, but if you add in nutritional deficiencies, plus high stress, with an over-exercising routine, your body may be headed for a breakdown before you know it.

If you are over-exercising and not doing enough rejuvenating and restorative activities (like yoga, Qigong or Tai Chi) as well, you could drain your body’s deep energy reserves and will start slowing down.

Your body is slowing down to protect you from burning out before your time.

And, for all of you ladies out there that are still getting your menstrual cycle every month… STOP exercising when you get your period!

Especially, on the first and second day of your cycle. Exercising while you are bleeding is detrimental to health.

Your uterine lining is shedding and it’s like having an internal operation every month. That takes a toll on the physical body.

Rest during that special time, otherwise, you may damage your reproductive system and your reproductive capacity as well.

On the first day of your period, it’s time to rest. If you want, do some simple stretching or deep breathing exercises, but no hardcore exercising.

Relax, take a walk, chill out, and get a massage.

If you need a reminder, think back to what you learned when you were a young kid in school. If there is a period at the end of a sentence that means STOP! It’s not like a comma, where you take a pause or a breath and then keep going.

It’s a period.


Exercise is imperative to our health, so keep exercising, but know when to run and when to rest.

Plus, I highly recommend adding rejuvenating practices like Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Meditation into your routine. It could do wonders for your health.

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