8 Exercise Options for Diabetics: Some New Thoughts on an Old Topic

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-04-25 13:47:41 -0500
Started 2012-04-25 13:47:41 -0500

Following the article on exercising safely, were some thoughts about what are the best exercise programs for diabetics. We aren't all going to attracted to the same options and there are eight listed in this article.

I walk for most of my exercise and was surprised as I read this to hear the explanation for what weight training can do specifically for diabetics by allowing more space in the cells to store glycogen (unused carbohydrates that cause BG spikes when they can't be stored as glycogen). It convinced me that I need to do more weight training.

Here's the excerpt that caught my attention cause it was news to me: is a critical exercise for people with diabetes.

Resistance training, or strength training, lowers your blood glucose level by giving your muscles more room to store extra carbs as glycogen for energy, says Sheri R. Colberg, PhD, a professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and author of Diabetic Athlete’s Handbook: Your Guide to Peak Performance (Human Kinetics).

Resistance training also boosts metabolism so you burn more calories. Start with resistance bands or small hand weights two to three times a week for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Increase the weight or resistance as you get stronger

This is just one of the eight suggestions in the article. Check the link to see the others. It's a very interesting and well thought out series of options.


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