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Activities and Exercises to Avoid When Healing

01 June 2022

Whether you are healing from adrenal fatigue or something else perhaps, you may not have given much thought to the different types of activities and even exercises to do? 

You may not have connected high adrenaline exercises to prolonging or even hindering the healing process? Some forms of activity, sports or exercise can actually make adrenal fatigue worse!

Well, that is why we are here today together to discuss the ins and outs of things to avoid when healing your health condition (adrenal fatigue in particular).

If healing your condition is your priority you may be best to avoid adrenaline activities such the ones below:

Best to Avoid:

  • Skydiving
  • Climbing mountains/rock climbing
  • Bungy jumping
  • Cage diving with sharks
  • Surfing in wild weather
  • Bucking bulls (ok that was random)
  • Going to theme parks
  • Extreme kayaking
  • Jet boating
  • Extreme sports
  • Competitive sports
  • Rally driving
  • Adrenaline water sports 

Or any other adrenaline activity.

The sports or exercises you'd be best to avoid while you heal are:

  • Running
  • Marathons/Triathlons/Iron man
  • Hardcore bike riding or Mountain biking
  • Competitive cycling
  • Strenuous kickboxing
  • Boxing full stop
  • Cross fit
  • HIIT
  • F45

Basically any exercise or activity that is too intense, produces adrenaline or messes with your cortisol. Your body will have a very hard time healing when it is producing stress hormones (isn't life stressful enough??)

Once you are recovered fully, you could always go back to these things but you may not even want to, you may feel so good just doing more gentle forms of movement? 

Why is this So Important?

It's all about low-intensity and keeping you nervous system calm and your adrenals supported by not overproducing adrenaline or cortisol (the 2 stress response hormones).

With adrenal fatigue, often the person already has issues with their cortisol (too low or too high) so you don't want to overdo things. 

The truth is that adrenaline activities are high intensity exercises that may cause cortisol to be released and overburden your already taxed adrenal glands. See a study here.

Cross fit in particular may be one to avoid when healing as this type of training showed an increase in the stress response hormone -cortisol.

Short circuits of highly intense exercise (HIIT) with a small rest in between is thought to make adrenal fatigue worse rather than better.

Something else to point out, is that you probably won't even have the energy most days to feel motivated for much exercise so anything intense possibly won't interest you?

We put together a list of gentle activities and exercises that will help to support your healing so if that interests you, be sure to check out our other blog 'Exercises for adrenal fatigue'.

To Be Clear

We don't want you to stop exercising, we just want to help you to understand that there are exercises or activities that support your healing and ones that do not and may be harmful for you right now.

It is vital that you still exercise, just be sure to choose something less intense and more loving towards your body during this time.

Remember to see our list of exercises for adrenal fatigue here and if adrenal health interests you, we have a few more blogs that you might love to read. Simply click on any of the links below:







Disclaimer: These are only potential benefits. This article is purely intended for informational purposes and not as advice. One must seek proper professional advice from their trusted health practitioner.


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