Reap the Benefits of Exercise
Everyone knows exercise is a good idea. Many
have thought of all the excuses of why not to exercise - maybe due to time
limitations or not knowing where to start or perhaps the idea of sweating. Instead, focus on how exercise can help!
What are the benefits of exercise for someone with diabetes?
Diabetes - Regular exercise can be very helpful to those who have diabetes. Those
with type 2 diabetes often see improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity from exercise.
Pre-Diabetes - Exercise can help to prevent or delay onset of type 2 diabetes. In a
recent study, those with Pre-Diabetes who implemented lifestyle changes including exercising 30 minutes per day, 5 days
a week, reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 58% (DPP study).
Weight loss - Possibly the most obvious
benefit! Weight loss can improve your sensitivity to insulin which ultimately helps you better control diabetes. If your doctor has talked about weight loss, exercise can help
you to do this. Exercise increases calories burned which helps to
reduce body weight.
Heart Disease - Those with diabetes are at
increased risk for heart disease (#1 cause of death in the United States). Exercise reduces risk for heart disease by strengthening the
heart. The heart is a muscle and can be conditioned with exercise.
Exercise helps reduce resting heart rate. Exercise also aids in reducing blood pressure. Finally, exercise
helps to increase the "good cholesterol" (HDL cholesterol). HDL cholesterol carries
cholesterol out of the body instead of depositing it in the arteries or tissues.
Osteoporosis - Any exercise that is weight
bearing, such as walking, jogging, or hiking, can aid in reducing bone
loss and is helpful in reducing risk for osteoporosis.
Psychological Benefits - You may have heard of an
"exercise high" - this is actually your body chemically releasing
something called endorphins. Endorphins are believed to aid in appetite
control, reduction in anxiety, improved mood, and aid in relaxation.
Focus on these benefits when getting ready to exercise. Do something
for your body today - physical exercise!
GlucoMenu® includes an exercise program for beginners. Visit the Sign-Up link for more information about getting started today.
Prior to starting an exercise program check with your doctor and diabetes educator.
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