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FROM SWEAT TO SWEET. HERE ARE 5 EXERCISES FOR DIABETICS
16 December 2019
SWEAT IT OUT
The best way to control blood sugar level is to have an exercise regimen. This helps convert glucose into energy, which regulates insulin in the bloodstream. It is very important for diabetics to mobilize various parts of their bodies while exercising to prevent any complications. Plus, diabetics are vulnerable to heart diseases and stroke, which explains why diabetics should exercise.
CAUTION BEFORE WORKING OUT SESSION
So, before you begin, here’s a list of things you need to remember
- Consult your physician
- Start slow and steady- thrice a week for about 30 to 45 minutes
- Check for blood sugar level before and after the exercise
- Warm up before exercising
- Always keep a snack and plenty of fluids for the sudden decrease in blood sugar
- Wear comfortable shoes to prevent blisters and infections. Diabetes loves to feed on them.
- Don’t over- exert yourself
OK NOW, WHAT EXERCISES?
WALK THE TALK
Though walking seems to be the most elementary exercise, it can be one of the most effective for diabetic patients. Brisk walking reduces your blood sugar level and at the same time improves blood circulation.
TRY WATER THERAPY
For all those who feel walking takes a toll on their joints and health, take a dip in the pool! It not only brings down your body temperature but also your blood sugar level. Plus, it improves the flexibility of the joints, which is essential for patients with diabetes.
Yoga and wellness go hand in hand. Amongst its several benefits on our mind and body, its power to fight diabetes is well known. Several studies have shown that Yoga aids in fat loss and alleviates nerve pain - both of which are absolutely critical for diabetes. Yoga along with meditation can relieve stress, which is again the major cause of diabetes.
PUTTING A HEALTHY CYCLE IN PLACE
Cycling is another great way to increase blood circulation especially in the legs, which is important for diabetic patients. At the same time, you can also burn those calories and blood sugar.
ADD SOME WEIGHTS TO YOUR HEALTH
Surprised? Don’t be. Weight lifting is a must for diabetics as it improves lean muscle mass and burns calories faster than cardio exercises. The key is not to exert and be more consistent with this activity. It improves the capability of your muscles to store the blood glucose levels and builds insulin resistance.