ROLE OF EXERCISE IN TREATING DIABETES
Are You Living with Diabetes?
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Do you know what wonders can exercise bring to your body if you are living with diabetes?
If you’re diabetic then exercising and being active make your body more sensitive to insulin (essential hormone for controlling blood sugar level and energy absorption), that helps manage diabetes.
Just few changes in your lifestyle can make your life much healthier. Even small changes can make a big difference!
Let’s discuss the importance of Physical Activities.
Physical activity is one of the most important things that can be done to control your blood sugar levels. Regular exercise along with eating healthy food can control your weight as well as reduce the risk of heart diseases, strokes and other health problems that comes with diabetes. Exercise helps in reducing the risk of developing diabetes, lowering the blood pressure, prevents sugar from building up in your blood.
If you are living with type 2 diabetes, exercising regularly would help you manage your blood sugar levels well.
Some additional benefits of exercises in treating diabetes:
· Lowers blood sugar level
· Increases energy and endurance throughout the day
· Improves blood pressure level, cholesterol and heart rate
· Lowers anxiety, stress and depression
· Better Sleep
· Increased muscle tone
· Lowers the risk of osteoporosis
Don’t know from where to start? Below are some basic exercises that you can start with.
1. Walking- To start with this, you don’t need an expensive equipment to get you moving. You just need to go for a brisk walk daily if you have a safe place to walk. Even 30 minutes of brisk walk daily can help you manage your blood sugar levels.
Thinking what does walking actually do for your body? Walking reduces the risk of heart diseases and strokes, increase cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness, reduces body fat, improves conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, muscular and joint pain, and diabetes.
2. Aerobics- Performing few Aerobic exercises either by watching videos or by joining an aerobics class will help achieve your fitness goals. This will not only keep you motivated but will also help you to stay positive.
Aerobic exercises help to better control blood sugar, decrease the risk of heart diseases, lowers blood pressure, helps in losing weight, improves the function of lungs, decreases resting heart rate etc.
3. Recreational Sports- Sports like basketball, badminton, tennis etc offer a good aerobic workout. It also gives you an opportunity to socialize. If exercises don’t make you feel motivated, you should definitely try going for recreational sports.
Don’t know how it will help your body? Playing recreational sports help you stay more active, lowers blood pressure, strengthens your muscles and bones, and also helps in stress management.
4. Resistance Exercises- Resistance training benefits include improvements in muscle mass, strength, body composition, blood pressure, insulin resistance etc.
How to start? You can start by joining a gym or learning on your own. Learn to perform each movement without compromising alignment or posture.
5. Yoga- Yoga helps in managing blood sugar, cholesterol levels, boosting your mood, lowering blood pressure, improving the quality of sleep etc.
If you are really serious about controlling your diabetes and improving the quality of your life, then the above-mentioned exercises or any two of them should become a part of your daily fitness routine. Regular physical activities will not only help you with controlling your diabetes but also with your overall health.
It might sound hard to you to fit in a new fitness routine in your daily routine, but after a few weeks you will begin to notice that the exercises become much easier. Your body will also feel a change.
If you are suffering with some other health problems too, then consult your doctor before starting a new fitness routine. And if a particular exercise doesn’t feel right and cause pain then stop immediately to avoid injury.