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6 Best Exercises for Type 2 Diabetics

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Not everyone exercises which can be a problem especially for those with Type 2 diabetes as this can help balance their insulin levels and regulate their blood sugar levels as well. What’s more, exercising can help you shed those excess pounds which can contribute to your being overweight. This is a plus since those who are diagnosed with diabetes are prone to gaining weight thus increasing their risk of accidents such as falling down because they are not balanced.

For those who want to improve their overall health and to keep their diabetes in check, here are 6 workouts that you should try.

Tai Chi

This exercise hails from China where you use smooth and slow body movements to help keep your body and mind relaxed. Practicing Tai Chi can help improve your control of your blood sugar levels while at the same time increase your energy, vitality, and of course, mental health.

Walking

Who would have thought that walking can actually be beneficial to those with Type 2 diabetes? This is actually the simplest exercise that you can do to stay fit. Health experts actually recommend walking to patients who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes particularly brisk walking to help raise their heart rate which in turn can help regulate their insulin and blood sugar levels. Just make sure that you wear comfortable shoes so you can walk as far as you want at a pace that you can easily maintain.

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Dancing

For those who used to love dancing now is the time to show off your dance moves since studies show that those with diabetes will get to increase their flexibility, lose weight, lessens their stress, as well as lower their blood pressure when they dance. Also, this is a fun exercise that you can do as often as you want. Those with limited movements can do chair dancing where chair is used to assist the person in various dance moves.

Weight Training

There are a lot of benefits to be gained from lifting weights regardless of whether you are healthy as an ox or diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Losing muscle mass will make it more difficult to balance your blood sugar levels. Those with diabetes should schedule 3 days of weight training with rest day in between. Make sure that in each session you will be doing 8 to 10 different weights to work out all your muscle groups.

Yoga

There are several studies that show yoga to be beneficial to those with Type 2 diabetes. What yoga can do for you is to reduce resistance to insulin as well as lower your body fat. When you do yoga, you can also lower your stress levels. The best part? You can do yoga as often as you want to improve your overall health.

Swimming

Those with diabetes should incorporate swimming as part of their daily activity as this workout reduces pressure and stress on the joints. Even those who are pre-diabetic, swimming can lower cholesterol levels, reduce stress levels, as well as burn plenty of calories. To get the most out of swimming, you should swim at least 3 times a week. Don’t forget to bring a snack with you and that you monitor your blood sugar levels regularly.

 

 

Sources:
http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/06/5-best-exercises-for-people-with-diabetes/
http://www.everydayhealth.com/diabetes-pictures/6-great-exercises-for-people-with-diabetes.aspx#06

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