Exercise is good for everyone but best for people with diabetes. A 30-minute workout can do so much to someone who has diabetes. It has been discovered that patients who have type 2 diabetes can entirely control their condition by regular exercise and proper diet.
The following are some of the ways in which exercises help in controlling diabetes.
- Lowers blood sugar; generally, diabetes is a condition that leads to high blood sugar levels and the only way to control it is to reduce these levels. Regular workout does precisely this: it increases the rate of sugar burning in the body.
- Helps in cutting weight: obesity is a risk factor for diabetes
- Increases HDL cholesterol which is healthy
- Lowers down harmful LDL cholesterol
- Boosts energy
Alongside proper diet and medication, diabetic patients can consider trying the following workouts. Most of these workouts are not strenuous: something that is recommended by health practitioners. We are going to look at the most simple and fun exercises that will help in controlling diabetes,
These workouts can be done three to four hours after taking a meal. Be sure to test your blood sugar levels before and after working out.
Research has proven that a diabetic person who walks at least two hours a week is less likely to have heart disease complications compared to their counterparts who do not walk.
Walking is a very relaxed way of exercising, which is also rewarding. You can start by walking around the neighbourhood or even walking to the store instead of driving. With time you will make it a habit: 30 minutes for three days in a week will do.
This exercise helps you work out both your upper and lower parts of the body. Such a workout helps in strengthening your muscles and heart too. Swinging is an aerobic exercise, and such activities help in reducing insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes.
Cycling helps immensely in burning blood sugar and also reducing body weight. You can choose to ride a moving bicycle or a stationary one. 30minutes to an hour four times a week will be very helpful.
Controlling diabetes can be as fun as dancing. Dancing is considered as an aerobic activity that makes your heart pump faster, burns blood sugar and also releases one of stress. You can decide to do it with a partner or solo. Either way, spending 20 to 30 minutes, three days a week will go a long way.