Best workouts for diabetics?!?

By dagger1234 Latest Reply 2017-03-20 08:15:02 -0500
Started 2014-01-28 13:58:24 -0600

Just saw my diabetic counselor yesterday and informed her I recently joined the ymca with my family and we have been going everyday now for about week. I told her I do the treadmill, recumbent bike and occasionally I'll do some Zumba classes but don't go overboard but since my blood #s are still low, she recommends me to stick to working out 3 times a week or 5 times a week but just walk slow. I lost 10lbs but I want to lose more!!

What are some easy but effective workout tips or exercises u recommend? I also want to start jogging but guess that's out of the question:( also, I want to try doing push ups and sit ups. Maybe try some yoga and pillates but I'm not flexible…

Help! On my mission and going to still work out everyday but taking advice seriously cuz I don't want to strain any muscles or a worst case scenario…

25 replies

Type1Dude 2017-03-20 08:15:02 -0500 Report

Are you a T1 or T2? The considerations are different due to the effects of insulin can have to make BG fall under certain types of strenuous exercise (multi-muscle) like swimming, spinning (race cycling), running. In reality there is no 1 exercise that is better for diabetics. We are just like everyone else, just that we have to plan our activities and have the right equipment with us if we need it. Spinning, my BG falls 2mmol every 10 minutes, weight lifting my BG rises 2mmol for the hour to hour n half session. You should try everything you want, but start out slowly as everyone else states. When you know your body, you will find you can do pretty much everything that others can do, so long as you get the chance to plan for it. Spontaneity… well T1 sorta kills that one for me.

Gingermakena 2016-04-12 16:28:58 -0500 Report

Slow and steady, don't hurt yourself, and keep hydrated! I find it's better to do a little each day consistently rather than go full steam ahead on a weekend. Don't be a weekend warrior!

Pump man
Pump man 2016-03-29 10:57:27 -0500 Report

Swimming is excellent exercise. I do that to help me to stay fit. Usually do 30 minutes for 3 days. I also do treadmill, that is good too. You can walk as far as you want. Even just walking outside where you live. Pack a little snack. Check your blood sugars before you start and then after you are done. If your sugar is low then treat it with your snack. Sometimes your bs may actually go up. So be aware of it. Happy exercising.

JohnB52 2015-05-12 12:31:47 -0500 Report

Swimming or cycling, hands down. I'm a big fan of interval training, too. I ride my mountain bike for hours at a time, with plenty of walking or photography breaks in between sprints.

Sapphire24 2015-03-22 14:02:50 -0500 Report

I have a friend that is a long time diabetic and she swims everyday, low impact, and it is recommended for diabetics. Probably swim aerobics would be good too.

RosalieM 2015-03-01 12:10:44 -0600 Report

Resistant exercise on the many machines the YMCA has is the most effective
for lowering blood sugar all day. Aerobics are good for you too. But the most effective is resistance training.

Grandmama16 2015-02-22 15:24:41 -0600 Report

I've been going to an exercise place where hubby is directed for his Parkinson's but I'm on my own. Last Fri I did some machines where you either pull towards you or down , while sitting. Boy, did I get sore and had to wrap my left wrist. I have Fibromyalgia and Osteopena. Is it possible I got a stress fracture? I usually just concentrate on leg exercises, tread mill or reclining bike. I think I'll skip the arm ones next time. I wanted to improve my posture and arm strength. The therapists are going to have tai chi expert come in soon, just to demonstrate. I'd love to learn that.

Stuart1966 2015-01-02 11:54:53 -0600 Report

DISCIPLINE is not a pill one swallows.

Whatever is interesting, fun, CONSISTENT activities, whatever those might be, keep doing them. Might take some time to find the ones you really enjoy.

The proof of your success will come when you are doing the activities on your own, WITHOUT your classmates, all by yourself, at home.

Neither Yoga, aka Hatha-Yoga, nor Pilates require you to be flexible. Taken many, many Yoga classes, (several Pilates too) and I'm not flexible. Strain, effort, discomfort is absolutely fine. Pain, hurting yourself is what you must avoid.

Whatever the class, watch it first, several times even. If the teacher's methods, their particular approach is not "your channel", the class will not work well for you.

Many take classes, sign up for things, and do not continue long because the teacher, the methods they use is the wrong one. Talk to the teacher, grill them a bit, make sure the teacher is guiding you the places you want to go.

debcox 2014-09-02 00:21:51 -0500 Report

I hope that you're still doing well. I was diagnosed with T2 in May and started riding my bike 3 miles a day back then. I'm now up to 15 miles six days a week. At the beginning of July, I started doing Jillian Michaels "Body Revolution" and I'm half way through a 3 month program. I've lost 46 lbs and I feel great. My A1C was 14.7 in April, 9.4 in June and I have a A1C scheduled late this month that I expect to be a 6 or 7 as my blood sugar average is 102. I'm anal about keeping a log book on everything I eat so I can track my carbs, exercise and blood sugar levels (3 times a day). I recently had to add a snack mid morning as I was exercising too much and not losing weight. Once I either ate a snack or skipped the exercise workout, I lost weight. Kind of frustrating but I need to make sure that I have sufficient carbs.

Msbasha 2014-08-25 18:01:54 -0500 Report

I noticed on this web site the T2dance crew. It looks fun, you can do at your pace. I'm going to try this along with my stationary bike.

Pegsy 2014-05-25 08:24:10 -0500 Report

I walk nearly every day. It's relaxing for me and a great way to lower glucose and burn calories. I also do resistance training at least 3 times per week. It is important for maintaining muscle mass which burns calories all day, even while you sleep. It keeps you strong and is also great for bone strength.

Grandmama16 2014-04-02 23:23:16 -0500 Report

Lucky for you to have a Diabetic Counselor andYMCA. Don't have either here. My GP is good with meds tho. I know walking is good but I get off balance and hurt from fibromyalgia but the other day it felt good…for one day, then fatigue and depression hit. Then weather got bad. Husband will have a Parkinson's Wellness clinic soon but can't find anything for diabetes. I'll be 70 in a week or so. Hubby is 71. I must admit that I don't want to exercise.

JaredLahti 2014-03-02 14:17:12 -0600 Report

Just out of curiosity, why would you say running is out of the question. I have been diabetic for almost 6 years now and I am an endurance athlete. I run half marathons, marathons, Olympic triathlons and plan on moving up to the half ironman and full ironman over the next two years. I would definitely consult with your doctor before going hardcore with running, but the diabetes itself should not prevent you from running.

bruinsgirl978 2014-02-16 21:47:02 -0600 Report

I just started the P90x program with a personal trainer. Six month commitment but I feel better already. I want to get in shape enough to take a yoga or Zumba class and this is helping.

dagger1234 2014-02-16 21:54:13 -0600 Report

I' have p90x and going to start it soon again lol

mike v.
mike v. 2014-02-16 23:06:36 -0600 Report

Please tell me how it is.
I'd like to try it..

dagger1234 2014-02-16 23:09:03 -0600 Report

I can't tell you how it is because we all have different type of bodies and how much pain etc we can handle. Or if we are a smoker or a mom smoker. Etc. Read on it though/ I must say though I've tried it before (when I was a smoker) and about the same size now and it kicked my ass. Lol I am hoping me being a non smoker now for 2 months will help me lol

mike v.
mike v. 2014-02-16 23:16:47 -0600 Report

I wish you the best. My doctor told me I have to run. But I asked hi if bicycling would help he said yea that t have to get my heart pumping so my A1c can drop. I got it at 8.9

locarb 2014-01-31 15:38:52 -0600 Report

Weather permitting, and assuming that one is ambulatory, walking is an underestimated exercise. I immediately see drops in BG following a walk. Yoga is great too because you can find local inexpensive classes or groups. There are many yoga videos on youtube that you can follow for free.

I agree with James. Essentially, just keep moving.

jayabee52 2014-01-31 15:18:53 -0600 Report

Any exercise which one will stick with for the long term. I understand that all kinds of exercise, cardio, weight bearing, and flexing like yoga are all useful. Just get moving and keep moving.

dagger1234 2014-01-28 22:17:51 -0600 Report

Yeah they have personal trainers but we only get an hour free with one and then have to pay the rest :( I'll check it out though.

Glucerna 2014-01-28 15:41:32 -0600 Report

I'm glad you're following your diabetes educator's exercise guidelines and that you're excited about making exercise a part of your life. Does your YMCA have personal trainers? You could work with one of them and get individualized recommendations. ~Lynn @Glucerna