Manage your diabetes, lose a few pounds and have greater energy just by doing some simple exercise. Regular physical activity increases metabolism, builds muscle, and supports cardiovascular health. It also helps stabilize blood sugar levels and reduces high blood pressure. Diabetics who work out have a lower risk of heart disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and other chronic disorders. Exercise is also good for mental well-being.
Ideally, working out at least four times a week is best to maintain your weight, improve circulation, and keep your brain sharp. For those with type II diabetes, exercise can improve insulin response and lower blood glucose levels. If you feel really unfit and have not done any exercise or workouts for a long time, it is best to start pacing yourself by just taking brisk walks or short jogs. Start with three to four times a week and focus on doing it consistently. You can always ask a friend or family member to accompany you when you exercise to keep the momentum going! Within weeks, you will realize that your body is getting fitter and healthier. Then you can move on to slightly heavier exercise routines.