If you’re a diabetic, you know that exercising is a critical component of your daily lifestyle. If you are newly diagnosed – it is important for you to find an exercise regimen that works just for you and your lifestyle. Here are some great tips for diabetics to follow before they start any exercise routine!
Have you ever wondered if you’re getting the most out of your workout? You’ve probably heard the term “target heart rate,” but do you have any idea what that is and what it means to you?
The more intense the workout, the faster your heart beats to pump more blood and oxygen to the muscles. But is an intense workout with a high heart rate always the best way to exercise? It depends.
Do you charge right into your workout then head straight for the door when you’re done? If so, you’re missing out on an important element of any exercise routine: stretching. No matter what type of exercise you perform – whether cardio, strength training or organized sport – a regular stretching routine has many benefits. Stretching helps to:
If you find it hard to get motivated and follow your same old exercise routine, perhaps it’s time to mix things up. Turns out, not only is getting a variety of exercise a great way to add new inspiration, it’s also the best way to help your diabetes.
In one of the first ever studies into the best types of exercise for diabetes management, researchers have concluded that a combination of exercise offers the best results for helping to control blood sugar levels.
Traveling, parties, stress and busy holiday schedules can wreak havoc on your diet and exercise plan – and that’s not even considering the never-ending supply of tempting holiday treats. For many people with diabetes, the holiday season presents a number of challenges for keeping blood sugar in check. But a little extra exercise can help you stay in control and offset the occasional splurge.
Once thought to be a disease only older people were prone to, diabetes is increasingly affecting people of all age groups. And the research continues to point to obesity and overweight as the top risk factors.
Clearly, loosing weight and getting in shape should be the top priority if you have diabetes.
Staying fit can reduce complications
If you have diabetes and you suffer from diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve pain that affects your legs, feet, hands or arms, exercise may be the last thing you want to do. But research has shown that exercise can slow the progression of pain from diabetic nerve damage.
Last week we featured an article about The Benefits of Strength Training for Older Adults. Today we introduce you to Growing Stronger, a strength training program developed by experts at Tufts University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the program was developed primarily for older adults, it really is applicable for people of any age, particularly if you are new to strength training. If you're interested in feeling stronger, healthier and more vital, this program is for you.
Getting regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do to manage Type 2 Diabetes. Along with eating a healthy diet and taking the medications your doctor prescribes, exercise will help control your blood sugar levels and your weight.
Ah, those sunny summer days were a great excuse to get outside and get moving. But with the end of summer, the days are getting shorter, you might just need a few reminders of how to keep yourself motivated to exercise and stay active through the fall and winter. Here are 15 tips you can put into action anytime.