When considering exercise, a person with diabetes should try to incorporate moderate intensity exercise into their daily routine. The goal is to complete 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week, which can be as little as 20 to 25 minutes of daily exercise. The activity should focus on all the large muscle groups. Moreover, it should increase your heart rate and make you breathe more deeply. The physical activity should be complemented by stretching exercises to keep the muscles flexible and prevent soreness.
Low and moderate intensity aerobic exercise has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. However, the benefits may depend on age and training level. In older women, moderate-to-heavy aerobic exercise improved insulin action. In younger women, the effect was similar. Moderate-to-heavy aerobic exercise improved insulin action in both age groups. However, the effect on the body’s insulin levels was less marked. Regular exercise also reduced the risk of diabetic complications.
Regardless of the type of exercise, people with diabetes should be sure to check their blood sugar before and after exercises. This way, they can monitor how their bodies react to exercise and avoid dangerous blood sugar fluctuations. It’s also essential to test the blood sugar level before and after exercising to ensure no insulin-producing medication is being used. The exercise routine should be tailored to your ability and your lifestyle. The benefits of physical activity cannot be overstated.