Fitness plays a special role for people with diabetes. Regular physical activity can have many positive health effects such as lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and weight. In people who have pre-diabetes, healthy eating and being active can help lead to a 5-10% weight loss which reduces the risk of developing diabetes. For best results, mix with fun!
Build Up Your Strength
Being more active really isn’t hard, but it is important to start slow when your body is not used to physical activity. Begin by adding activity into your normal daily routine, such as parking farther from a store, using the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking in place during TV commercials. As these activities get easier, work towards the goal of 30 minutes of activity a day, five days a week. Activity can be done in 10 minute increments for a total of 30 minutes on most days of the week.
Types of moderate exercise:
Other examples of being active:
For people with diabetes, a combination of aerobic and resistance training is shown to work better in helping to control blood sugar than either type of exercise alone. Exercises such as lifting weights, working with resistance bands and swimming are good choices for resistance training.
Tips to Safely Becoming Physically Active
Tips to safely becoming physically active:
Call your doctor before starting an exercise routine if: