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Should You Exercise if You Have Adrenal Fatigue?

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  • Exposure to chronic stress from overwork, chronic inflammation or long-term illness can result in HPA axis dysfunction, more commonly referred to as adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion
  • Exercise can be a challenge when you’re exhausted all the time. Since exercise is a physical stressor, it can also exacerbate HPA dysfunction if you’re not careful
  • If your stress response is dysfunctional, your primary objective is to rebuild your metabolic reserve. Gentle exercises such as walking, yoga, qigong or tai chi, preferably outdoors, are recommended during the healing phase

By Dr. Mercola

Your hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis is the system responsible for one of the most important functions in your body — the management of stress. This includes stress from every conceivable source, be it injury or disease, work or relationship problems.


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