BY NEELAM M KACHHAP
Cardio exercise is the trusted, go-to workout form for people trying to stay fit. But believe it or not, this classic way to workout can also help you manage your diabetes. Cardio exercise not only helps you lose weight making diabetes management easier, but it can also help you control your sugar levels, too.
Also known as Aerobic exercise, it stands out among other regimes. Here’s how. Studies show that adults with type 2 diabetes can achieve reduced blood sugar levels within 7 days of vigorous aerobic exercise. This manages sugar levels in the blood by burning extra glucose and reducing resistance to insulin, both of which are vital for diabetes control.
Any form of exercise that increases your breathing and heart rate can be categorised as cardio exercise. You could be climbing up the stairs, running, walking, or even working in your garden to burn calories which means more work for your arms, legs and muscles. This increases breathing and enables more oxygen to enter your lungs. As a result, the heart beats faster and carries oxygen-rich blood to the muscles, kidneys, liver and other important organs. This helps build strength and increases energy levels.
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic say that regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to manage high sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Popular cardio exercise routines
If you’re a diabetic, you may be anxious about getting into an exercise routine. The first thing to do then is to consult your doctor. Be sure to ask your caregiver about the best and age-appropriate exercise options for you. Some of the activities that fall under cardio exercise are walking, running, cycling, yoga, dancing and swimming.
Walking is the easiest exercise to begin with. Even a 30-min walk can help you fight diabetes, reduce its severity and chances of associated complications. A recent study, in Springer’s Diabetologia, found that walking for 10-min after a meal reduced blood glucose levels by 22 percent. Another study maintains that brisk walking can reduce your chances of getting diabetes by 30 percent. Be sure to choose the right walking shoes though, preferably, a flat shoe with a good fit. Initially, walk at a comfortable pace and as you grow into walking, increase the intensity and duration. Here’s a workout you can try.
Don’t let diabetes derail you from running. This is an equally good way to keep diabetes in check since it enhances the body’s reaction to insulin. Paved footpaths, parks or roads are ideal for this but if you prefer the indoors, the treadmill is a great alternative. Start with a warm-up routine and make sure you have a comfortable pair of shoes on. Run at an easy pace and take breaks when you feel tired. Start with a 15-min run thrice a week and gradually increase this to 30-min. Here are a few tips to note when you hit the tracks.
Diabetes may prove a hurdle for cyclists but it is not insurmountable because, at the end of the day, it is all about managing your food and your exercise routines. If done correctly, cycling as an activity can move from being just a leisure activity to a great ride to health. Indoor cycling is also good form of exercise. Aim for at least three cycling workouts each week, beginning with a short 30-min ride, which can be eventually increased to a moderate 45-min ride.
Yoga has been found to be effective when it comes to managing diabetes. In fact, its a preferred form of exercise which helps control weight, lower blood sugar, blood pressure and strengthens your ability to deal with stress. In addition to certain yoga poses like the Sun Salutation and the Kapalbhati pranayam, you can also practice meditation for a positive start to your day. There are many types of yoga but Power yoga is the most popular form as is the fast-paced Vinyasa yoga.
Dance fitness is a fun form of exercise. Choose from a wide array of dance forms — Zumba, Hip-Hop, Bokawa and Turbojam — to contain obesity, develop insulin sensitivity, keep the heart ticking and delay Alzheimers. A cardio dance fitness routine like this can also keep diabetes away. Select a dance form that you enjoy and aim for a moderate to vigorous exercise between three and five times a week.
Swimming can be both challenging and refreshing. For people with diabetes, it is definitely an attractive exercise option. Not only does it control weight, develop the muscles and burn calories but it also makes full use of muscles in the upper and lower body to help overcome numbness, common amongst patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy. Start slow and gradually, move to vigorous pool workouts.
So now that you know what cardio exercise is and how it can help you maintain your blood sugar levels, it’s time to get into serious exercise mode and work your way to health. Coupled with smart monitoring, these activities can be a great way to manager your sugar levels. Figure out which activity has the most optimal impact on your sugar levels ( along with other aspects of your lifestyle) and keep at it!
But most importantly, don’t forget to have fun! Whichever exercise form you choose to try, maintain a routine. Start simple and aim to workout for a little while every day. The more you workout, the better you get at it.
Apr 24, 2018 Comments Off on Buddhists Pray for Peace and Unification Ahead of Inter-Korean Summit
Apr 24, 2018 Comments Off on His Holiness the Dalai Lama Addresses Convocation of Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management
Apr 21, 2018 Comments Off on PM Modi Inaugurates Dr. Ambedkar National Memorial in New Delhi
Dec 08, 2017 Comments Off on Healthy Diets are also Healthier for the Environment
May 25, 2017 Comments Off on Homoeopathy, Alternative Medicine Systems Introduced: President
Nov 15, 2016 Comments Off on Shahnaz Hussain’s herbal tips to prevent pollution affecting your skin
Oct 04, 2016 Comments Off on How Eating Pulses Every Day Could Help Kickstart weight loss
Feb 07, 2018 Comments Off on Passing of World-renowned Scholar Jao Tsung-I MournedBy Staff Writer On behalf of all members of the...
Feb 17, 2017 Comments Off on Respected Tibetan Teacher Kyabje Gelek Rinpoche DiesRespected Tibetan Teacher Kyabje Gelek Rinpoche On behalf...
Jun 27, 2016 Comments Off on Condolence message on the demise of Ven. Anamaduwe Sri Dhammadassi NayakeTheroVen. Anamaduwe Sri Dhammadassi NayakeThero General...