This week, I exercised before I heading to work each day. Wednesdays and Fridays are the toughest days for me to get up at 5am because I have community theater rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, which means I get home later and go to bed later than normal. Actually, every day is tough for me to get up at 5am because I’m NOT a morning person! I make myself get out of bed and get that workout in for a couple of reasons: 1) There may be times when I have to work late because we get requests for reports with short turn-around times which would prohibit me from working out & I can’t have that! 2) I commute to work, and by the time I get home in the evening I’m more likely to say “I’m too tired to exercise” 3) I have more energy throughout the day when I exercise first thing, 4) If I exercise late in the evening, it will be nearly impossible for me to fall asleep early enough to get a good night’s sleep.
Here’s the exercise I did this week:
- Sunday – no workout. Menstrual cramps had me down for the count, which is pretty typical for me on day two or three. Not only do I usually have severe cramps that require a heating pad, but I also get a headache for most of the day. It took all the energy I had to do meal and outfit prep for the week and to shower and wash my hair so I would be ready to go to work Monday.
- Monday – 30 minutes on the treadmill (same method as last week).
- Tuesday – 30 minutes of Pilates from the 10 Minute Solution Pilates with Lara Hudson DVD. I did the abs, legs and arms segments.
- Wednesday – 20 minutes of Yoga from This is Yoga with Tara Stiles. I completed the Yoga for Strength and Flexibility segment.
- Thursday – 45 minutes of PiYo from the Crunch Super Slimdown Pilates Yoga Blend with Ellen Barrett.
- Friday – 30 minutes on the treadmill (same method as last week).
- Saturday – 35 minutes from Sean T’s Rockin’ Body DVD series. I completed the Disco Groove segment.
As I mentioned last week, this exercise might not look like much to a normal person, but those of us with hypothyroidism understand how hard it is to get through a normal day, much less to exerce as well.
I’d like to emphasize that getting started is the hardest part. Once you start, you can build from there. If you check out my workouts from last week, you’ll see that not only did I add an extra day of exercise, but I also added a longer workout one day. Of course, to get to the point where my hypothyroid symptoms weren’t overwhelming, I made several lifestyle changes. Try implementing one small change at a time and it will inevitably lead to bigger changes over the long haul.