How will being more active improve your health with diabetes?
Without a doubt, being physically active is good for the body, heart, and mind. If you are already an avid exerciser, then you are aware of most of the benefits of exercise for your physical health and your diabetes control. If you are just thinking about getting serious about sports or fitness activities, then you have a lot of positive changes to look forward to.
Exercise can help you build muscle and lose body fat, suppress your appetite, eat more without gaining fat weight, enhance your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, increase your energy, bolster your immune system, keep your joints and muscles more flexible, and improve the quality of your life. For many people with diabetes, being physically active has made all the difference between controlling diabetes or letting it control them.
What you may not know is what type of exercise or physical activity you should you be doing or how much of it is recommended for optimal health and the best blood glucose control. The good news is that you can get different (but all good) benefits from doing a variety of types of daily movement, which gives you a lot of options when it comes to getting your Diabetes in Motion.
In fact, exercising regularly is likely the single most important thing you can do to slow the aging process, manage your blood sugars, and reduce your risk of diabetic complications. So, the time has never been better to get up off the couch (or stay off of it) and catch the next wave to be a part of the Motion Revolution!
In the next sections you'll learn more about specifics about the cardio, resistance, and other activities you should try to do every week. Click on each section below for more specifics, but see the table that follows for an overview of what's currently recommended (as of 2018).