I've learned a few basic guidelines for exercising with adrenal fatigue.
- What you can and can not do depends on your stage of adrenal exhaustion and on your level of adrenal function.
- Stop when you START to feel tired. Make sure you are in situations where you can stop when you begin to feel tired.
- Stress, such as over exercise, causes the body to produce adrenaline (epinephrine) which increases your blood flow, and gives you more energy and oxygen. You feel so much better! The down side is that it is only temporary. In the end, adrenaline depletes your body's reserves and increases adrenal fatigue. If you are keyed up and jittery after exercise and have trouble sleeping, you exercised too much. You are not "building up", and you are not "getting stronger". You are just running on adrenaline. You need to rest. (I thought I was doing so well!)