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Types of Physical Activity best for Diabetics:
However, the patient’s condition should be evaluated before any type of physical activity is suggested. Age, weight and BMI, previous activity level, type of therapy and risk of cardiovascular or coronary artery disease are some of the factors that should be investigated before suggesting one type of activity.
Physical activity can help the general health of a diabetic person, even without dramatic changes in body fat and total weight, simply by reducing their insulin resistance and increasing their insulin sensitivity. Thus eegular activity is a key part of managing diabetes along with proper meal planning, taking medications as prescribed, and stress management.
A complete physical activity routine includes four kinds of activity:
Aerobic exercise makes your heart and bones strong, relieves stress and improves blood circulation. It also lowers your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke by keeping your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels on target. Aim for about 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. If you haven't been very active recently, start out with 5 or 10 minutes a day. Then work up to more time each week. Or split up your activity for the day—try a brisk 10-minute walk three times each day. If you're trying to lose weight, you may want to aim for more than 30 minutes a day.
Here are some ways to get aerobic exercise:
Strength training helps build strong bones and muscles and makes everyday chores like carrying groceries easier. With more muscle, you burn more calories, even at rest. Do your strength routine several times a week.
Here are some ways to do Strength Training (Resistance training)
Flexibility exercises, also called stretching, help keep your joints limber and lower your chances of getting hurt. Gentle stretching for 5 to 10 minutes helps your body warm up and get ready for activities and cool down afterwards.
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