Knowing that you have to exercise and how to actually do it are two different things.
The type, level and duration of physical activity that you undertake as a diabetic will depend on what is suitable for you, something you should agree with your doctor or healthcare team.
our Fitness and Exercise area to encompass the information any diabetic would want to know about sports, fitness and exercise in relation to diabetes.
Aerobic exercise increases how fast your heart beats, raises your breathing rates, and works your muscles out. For the average person trying to lose weight, approximately 30 minutes per day, around five days a week should yield clear results.
However, if you are starting out on exercise and haven’t been active, much less than that can make a real difference.
Aerobic exercise for diabetics include things like:
Strength training is particularly effective for building strong bones and muscles.
Muscle burns calories, even when it is at rest, and this can be very effective in terms of staving off or better managing diabetes.
Strength training for diabetes mellitus includes things like weight lifting, either at home or at the gym.
Flexibility training, usually called stretching, can make a real difference to your diabetes. It keeps your joints flexible and lowers the risk of injury.
Stretching before and after aerobic exercise or strength training helps your body warm up and down.