Learning that you have type 2 diabetes does not mean you won’t live for many more years. What it does mean is that you have a chronic condition that must be managed with medication, a proper diet, and the right type of exercise. The good news is that you have quite a few options for exercise. Creating a regimen that is designed to keep your glucose levels in a healthy range and promote your general health is in your best interests. Here are some examples of what to include in your daily exercise plan.
The Importance of Strength Training
Certain types of exercise are classed as strength training. The goal is to help your body burn fat more efficiently and help your body to be more sensitive to the decreased amount of insulin your body is producing. In other words, strength training will help you to make better use of whatever amount of insulin your body does still make and slow the progress of your condition.
You have plenty of choices when it comes to strength training. Many of the exercises you learned during those physical education classes at school can be put to good use. Sit-ups are a prime example. You’ll also find that straddle hops (also known as jumping jacks), and push-ups are excellent ways to begin your training and start toning those muscles. All of these exercises also encourage more efficient blood circulation. That is important if you want to remain healthy.
Don’t overlook the benefits of lifting weights. Along with building muscle mass, your body consumes more of the glucose found in your bloodstream. The result is lower levels that are less likely to cause damage as the years pass.
Aerobic Workouts Matter Too
Movement is good for anyone but especially for those living with type 2 diabetes. Aerobic workouts are designed to involve just about every part of the body. They also help tone the muscles and decrease the mount of fat you are carrying around your middle. These are also good for promoting better circulation and carrying essential nutrients to every organ in your body.
Swimming, brisk walking, dancing, hiking, and bicycling are all examples of aerobic exercises you can begin doing today. While you may start out doing only a few minutes at first, your endurance will increase and it won’t be long before you are spending 30 minutes a day enjoying one or more of these workouts.
Keep in mind that if you have been relatively inactive for years, it pays to have a complete physical before starting any exercise regimen. Your goal is to set reasonable expectations for those first few weeks even as you set goals for your long-term fitness. After your physical, consider working with a trainer who can help you develop a specific plan and encourage you to keep with it.
The choice is yours. You can live a sedentary life and increase the odds of complications from your diabetes, or you can work out and enjoy a higher quality of life. Which will it be?