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Body + Fitness
Fitness for Hypothyroidism

Acella Pharmaceuticals, LLC., is partnering with Angila Berni, BS, SFG2, to bring greater awareness to the importance of thyroid care and education. This post is part of a paid sponsorship by Acella Pharmaceuticals and should not be construed as medical advice. Please talk to your doctor about your individual medical situation.

Living with hypothyroidism can cause weight gain, fatigue and depression. When those symptoms are combined, you may feel like exercise is the last thing you want to do. But the right program can increase your energy levels, lift your mood and help you lose weight. With a variety of exercises to choose from and venues in which to perform them, the trick is to find something you enjoy.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the recommendation for exercise for a healthy adult is 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise each week. Resistance training is recommended two days a week at moderate to high intensity.

What do the terms moderate-intensity activity and vigorous aerobic activity mean?

Using a Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) scale can help you figure out the targeted intensity. On the RPE scale, the amount of effort required is measured from 0 to 9. The lower numbers indicate a lower intensity level, while the higher numbers indicate a more substantial amount of effort. Applying the RPE to the guidelines from the AHA, an adult should strive to perform an aerobic activity at an RPE of 3 to 4 for 150 minutes or at an RPE of 5 to 7 for 75 minutes per week.

The following are examples of exercises you can complete to meet the weekly recommendations.

Low Impact

Walking, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, tai chi and biking are all good choices. These activities help to increase mobility, burn calories and reduce fat.

Resistance Training

These are machine-assisted activities, such as the leg press and curl machines, that are typically found in standard fitness facilities. This category also includes unassisted movements such as the bench press and deadlift that are performed using dumbbells, kettlebells or barbells. These low-impact exercises increase metabolism by building strength, endurance and lean muscle mass.

High Impact

High-impact activities can include running, speed work, agility, plyometrics, interval training, high-intensity interval training (H.I.I.T.) and speed-endurance exercises. These types of activities allow you to burn calories, reduce fat and increase balance and agility.

Find the Fitness Mix That’s Right For You

Implementing a variety of exercises into your program will help reduce boredom and allow you to explore new and exciting workouts. A balanced exercise program promotes weight loss, muscular strength, endurance and increased energy levels, and helps to enhance mood. Thus, it helps to combat the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Looking for ways to find your favorite exercise style? Find a professional who can create a tailored program and assist you in discovering the activities that bring you joy. Join a gym that looks intriguing. Recruit a friend. Continue to try new things.

Disclaimer: Before completing an exercise program you must have your physician's consent.

Important Risk Information

Drugs with thyroid hormone activity, alone or together with other therapeutic agents, have been used for the treatment of obesity. In euthyroid patients, doses within the range of daily hormonal requirements are ineffective for weight reduction. Larger doses may produce serious or even life-threatening manifestations of toxicity, particularly when given in association with sympathomimetic amines such as those used for their anorectic effects.
  • NP Thyroid® is contraindicated in patients with uncorrected adrenal insufficiency, untreated thyrotoxicosis, and hypersensitivity to any component of the product.
  • In the elderly and in patients with cardiovascular disease, NP Thyroid® should be used with greater caution than younger patients or those without cardiovascular disease.
  • Use of NP Thyroid® in patients with diabetes mellitus or adrenal cortical insufficiency may worsen the intensity of their symptoms.
  • The therapy of myxedema coma requires simultaneous administration of glucocorticoids.
  • Concomitant use of NP Thyroid® with oral anticoagulants alters the sensitivity of oral anticoagulants. Prothrombin time should be closely monitored in thyroid-treated patients on oral anticoagulants.
  • In infants, excessive doses of NP Thyroid® may produce craniosynostosis.
  • Partial loss of hair may be experienced by children in the first few months of therapy but is usually transient.
  • Adverse reactions associated with NP Thyroid® therapy are primarily those of hyperthyroidism due to therapeutic overdosage.
  • Many drugs and some laboratory tests may alter the therapeutic response to NP Thyroid®. In addition, thyroid hormones and thyroid status have varied effects on the pharmacokinetics and actions of other drugs. Administer at least 4 hours before or after drugs that are known to interfere with absorption. Evaluate the need for dose adjustments when regularly administering within one hour of certain foods that may affect absorption.
  • NP Thyroid® should not be discontinued during pregnancy, and hypothyroidism diagnosed during pregnancy should be promptly treated.


NP Thyroid® (thyroid tablets, USP) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat a condition called hypothyroidism from any cause, except for cases of temporary hypothyroidism, which is usually associated with an inflammation of the thyroid (thyroiditis). It is meant to replace or supplement a hormone that is usually made by your thyroid gland.

NP Thyroid® is also used in the treatment and prevention of normal functioning thyroid goiters, such as thyroid nodules, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multinodular goiter, and in the management of thyroid cancer.