When we think of diabetes it is easy to think of food changes, but we don't always connect the impact activity can have on our body. In fact activity can sometimes even work like medicine, giving individuals a drop in our blood sugar reading. Activity works so well in fact that some people who take insulin have to adjust their dose for a very active day. Aside from the drop in blood sugar, activity impacts diabetes in a number of ways:
- Improves circulation
- Helps with weight loss
- Increases lean muscle mass
- Allows the body to use insulin better
- Relieves stress
- Makes the heart and bones strong
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers blood cholesterol
The American Diabetes Association recommends that you get 30 minutes of activity 5 times a week. Although this is a small fraction of the day, it can still feel impossible at times to fit this in. Even if you do have the time, with so many options, gyms, videos and theories out there, its hard to know what is best for you. And for some people who take a lot of insulin it can feel terrifying to increase activity in possibly go low. The great news is that I plan to address all these areas this month.
Each week I will feature a different post in the fitness tab related to activity and diabetes. My plan is to talk about; how to make time for activity, what activity is best and why, and how to manage blood sugar levels and still be active. If there is anything else you would like me to feature shoot me and email and I will be happy to oblige.
Lets get moving!