Get Some Exercise and the when told by your doctor you must get some exercise! most people shudder. Many people find it difficult to start an activity program, especially those with some health problems. However moderate physical activity can be enjoyable with so many benefits and should not be avoided. The benefits far out-weight the pain of it all.
Remember that once you have been diagnosed with diabetes, the first thing you hear from your doctor is to get some exercises. Pretty soon everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and pointing out to you just how important it is to get some exercises. I know, I suffer from Type 2 diabetes, but I have learnt how to control the disease, and getting exercise is an important part of that control. At first you think how can I possibly exercise, it was probably this mindset, and lack of exercise, that brought on the disease. You are probably well overweight, a major contributor to the disease, and the feelings of apprehension set in, how can I possibly exercise.
While you may be thinking that's easier said than done, you may be surprised to learn that exercise isn't necessarily about no pain no gain. Regular physical activity can become an enjoyable part of your day with long term benefits to your diabetes and your overall health. You will even lose weight. It is as important to a diabetic as is giving up smoking. Regular physical activity is certainly worth the effort with the following positive benefits.
- Improves the body's response to insulin.
- Can therefore lower glucose levels.
- Lowers blood pressure and improves cholesterol levels.
- Reduces the risk of heart disease.
- Lose Weight.
- Reduces stress and tension.
- Increases energy levels
- Strengthens bone structure.
- Improves mental outlook.
- Increases fitness levels.
- Improves sleeping habits
It is recommended that you aim to spend at least 30 minutes a day doing some form of moderate intensity physical activity. Moderate intensity physical activity means you will notice your heart rate increase, and you may have a light sweat. If you are not breathing more quickly than usual, it is not helping. If on the other hand you are gasping and unable to talk, you are overdoing it. If you are trying to lose weight, 30 minutes may not be enough, but it is an excellent place to start. Also, research everything on the subject of diabetes information and I speack to your doctor.
The key point is that any form of activity, walking, playing tennis, golf, dancing, gardening. Initially start 20-30 minutes, and then once fit boosted it to about 45 minutes and more quickly, and lucky you become stronger and fit and helathy and and currently have the diabetes under control.