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5 exercises people living with diabetes can do safely

Exercise for a diabetic person can sometimes be a big ask, but luckily, we have some answers.

It's however important to remember that when choosing an exercise, it has to be sustainable!

Opinions differ on what constitutes the best kind of exercise for diabetics, but it depends a lot on your lifestyle.

In general, doctors recommend something that will have a low impact on your condition, things like swimming or walking as they gradually burn calories and lowers blood sugar slower than more energetic sports like soccer or dancing.

Here are 5 easy healthy exercises you can try

Walks

Taking a walk or moving more can make a huge difference in how you feel and live a healthy life with the condition. So, whether you have type 1, type 2, or another type of diabetes, walking is a good way to get physically active and build movement into your daily routine.

Unless you’re in a tearing hurry, it’s pouring with rain or it’s the middle of the night, don’t take the car if your destination is less than a kilometre away. 10 minutes walk everyday will cut your heart disease risk by half, according to the Mayo Clinic in the USA.

A UK-based website says regular walks can help the body use insulin more effectively, strengthen your joints, assist the brain to reduce stress levels and symptoms of depression and anxiety, and improve your sleep.

Cycling

Riding a bike to work or school is not only good for your health but also the environment – and your wallet, seeing as you’ll spend less on petrol. As a bonus, you’ll never have to search for parking again…

Evaluate how you work

Most companies in the country have implemented the hybrid system after prolonged levels of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

With that being said instead, of slumping into your office chair every day, why not invest in an exercise ball – not only is it more fun to sit on, it will also strengthen your core muscles.

Another option that's becoming more and more popular is a standing desk, where you’re on your feet all day instead of in a chair.

Swimming

Aquatic activities provide another joint-friendly exercise option. For example, swimming, water aerobics, aqua jogging, and other aquatic activities can give your heart, lungs, and muscles a workout, while putting little stress on your joints.

A 2017 review found that aquatic exercise can help lower blood sugar levels, much like land-based exercise does.

Resistance band exercises

There is a wide variety of strengthening activities with resistance bands.

To learn how to incorporate them into your workouts, speak with a professional trainer, take a resistance band class, or watch a resistance band workout video.

In addition to increasing your strength, exercising with resistance bands may provide modest benefits to your blood sugar control, according to a recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes.

** Disclaimer: Consult with your dietician and endocrinologist before taking up any of these exercises.

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