Exercise is an essential part of your type 2 diabetes management plan. It makes it easier for your body to regulate your blood sugar levels. Following a type 2 diabetes exercise plan has lasting benefits, from lowering your blood sugar to giving you more energy throughout the day. Working out while treating your diabetes takes a bit more time and effort, but the health benefits alone are worth it.
Looking for a diabetes workout plan that works with your type 2 care? Find a list of exercises you can do at home, in person or with a virtual trainer. Learn the importance of regular physical activity and find tips for following an exercise plan in the slides below.
The best diet and exercise plan is the one that works for you. No two people are alike, just like no two diabetics are alike. That’s why it is important to find a regimen that you can do consistently without much interruption to your daily life.
Why is a diabetes workout routine so important?
When you have type 2 diabetes, exercise is crucial to your care. Regular physical activity carries many benefits for diabetics. Here are just a few:
- Weight loss – Losing weight can help your body become less insulin resistant. Some studies have even shown that losing 10 percent of your body weight in the first five years of your diagnosis could lead to remission of your type 2 diabetes.
- Lower blood sugar levels – High blood sugar increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, nerve problems and more.
- Increased muscle mass – Muscles store sugar and carbohydrates. The more muscle mass you have, the more storage space for blood glucose, which lowers your blood sugar levels.
- Increased energy – Fatigue is a common side effect among people with type 2 diabetes. Exercise helps combat fatigue by releasing endorphins and restoring oxygen levels in the blood.
Finding good exercises for your heart can also help you lower your risk of heart disease, which may be increased when you have type 2 diabetes. Cardiovascular health is important. There are many types of exercises you can do to strengthen your heart and protect yourself against heart disease.
Looking for the best exercise for cardiovascular health and tips for working out as a diabetic? Continue reading through the next slide.