Being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone, even if you are living with HypoPara. Regular exercise can offer many benefits, such as strengthening muscles and bones, improving your brain and heart health, and supporting daily living activities and independence. If you have HypoPara, you should exercise with care because it may affect the levels of calcium in your body.

Calcium helps your muscles contract and helps regulate your heart rhythm and blood pressure. When you exercise, your body uses the calcium in your blood. PTH helps your body use the calcium in your bones to replace what your muscles used. Since your body has little or no PTH, you will need to replace the calcium with food or supplements as suggested by your healthcare team.

Living with HypoPara is not the same for each person. Some people may exercise with ease, while others may have some difficulty. Either way, any amount of physical activity you are able to do can provide some health benefits and improve your overall well-being.


Tips to get you started

  • Talk to your healthcare professional: It is important to do this before starting or changing your physical activity. Discuss your calcium needs and which activities are safe for you

  • Take it slow: Start slowly and add more time, frequency, or intensity each week

  • Make a schedule: Plan physical activity for times during the day when you have more energy

  • Get moving together: Invite friends and family to be active with you


Tips for managing calcium levels when you exercise


Types of activities to try

  • No matter which activities you choose, be sure to stretch before and after you exercise. This may help prevent the muscle cramps that can happen with HypoPara

  • Low-impact activities: Walking, swimming, or cycling can be gentle on your joints and bones while improving muscle strength. This may help lessen the risk of bone fractures that are possible with HypoPara

  • Flexibility and balance exercises: Yoga, Pilates, or tai chi can help with range of motion, muscle function, and balance, which may help reduce the risk of falls and injuries

  • Strength training: Lifting weights can help increase or maintain your muscle mass and bone strength. Start with light weights at first and slowly increase the amount of weight and number of repetitions

  • Remember to listen to your body. Pay attention to any signs of low calcium during or after exercise. This could be muscle cramps, tingling, weakness, or fatigue. If you experience any unusual or severe symptoms, stop exercising and check in with your healthcare professional

If you have HypoPara, it is important to talk with a healthcare professional before changing your diet.

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HypoPara=hypoparathyroidism; PTH=parathyroid hormone.