Having trouble training? You might want to have your thyroid checked. This gland, which controls the rate of your metabolism, also controls your training abilities. An under active thyroid lowers energy and endurance as well as cardiac output, which means the amount of oxygen and nutrients delivered to working muscles is lowered as well. Lower tolerance for exercise and greater muscle fatigue are common complaints in those people with hypothyroidism, or an under active thyroid.

Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive glands, produces the opposite effect: an elevated heart output and an increase in blood to the muscles. But too much is as bad as too little. An overactive thyroid uses up glycogen, the stored form of carbohydrates, much quicker, causing a form of hypoglycemia during intense workouts. A major symptom of hyperthyroidism is overheating, which is exhausting and also lowers energy and endurance.

A simple test called a blood panel can diagnose the state of your thyroid, which can then be controlled with medication. If your workouts have turned into wear-outs, you should have one done.

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