Hello everyone! I am having the most lovely summer in this amazing city enjoying many walks with my dog Keiko. I’ve recently discovered that I needed to cut back on running and other high intensity cardio and training while I heal my thyroid and Hashimoto’s. I’ve always been a bit of a gym rat, but I’ve felt so exhausted in recent months I just haven’t had the energy for the gym.
Instead I starting talking longer walks with Keiko and noticed I felt noticeably better. I’m no longer dragging myself out of bed – in fact I really look forward to my morning walks before work! I generally try to walk for about 40-60 minutes everyday after breakfast. Walking after a meal helps with digestion and the morning sunlight helps regulate circadian rhythms. Keiko keeps me going at a good pace so I know I’m still getting a workout, even if its not the sweat drenched workout I once enjoyed!
I’ve learned self care is so important to my health journey and that includes noticing when a previous healthy habit no longer serves you. Once I am better to I hope to incorporate some more high intensity cardio into my day, but even then I don’t think I’ll ever push myself as hard as I once did. It’s so important to listen to your body and recognize when you’ve reached your edge. Before I was constantly pushing myself to do better but now I am feeling more content with already being enough.
I’ll keep you all posted on my exercise regime as I start feeling better! I’m hoping to incorporate yoga and weights next!