Best exercises for diabetics

By By Averi Haugesag, Contributing writer
Published On: Oct 24 2012 11:12:50 AM EDT
Updated On: Nov 07 2012 10:49:22 AM EST

Best Exercises for Diabetics

There is no cure for type 2 diabetes. However, there are ways to prevent and maintain the disease. One of the most crucial aspects to this is exercise. According to “Time” magazine, exercising not only helps diabetics lose or maintain weight, it helps regulate glucose levels.

 

Aerobic Exercise

According to the Mayo Clinic, during aerobic exercise you are constantly using large muscles in your arms and legs. This movement will make you breathe faster, which increases blood flow to your lungs. As your blood starts flowing, your small blood vessels will widen and start to take in more oxygen. Running, walking, riding a bike, swimming, dancing and aerobics are great aerobic exercises. They will help you get healthy and stay in shape.

 

Strength Training

It is just a myth that diabetics should not lift weights, according to a study by the “Annals of Internal Medicine" and reported by "Time" magazine in 2007. However, it is recommended that diabetics avoid lifting heavy weights. Strength training helps develop the size and strength of skeletal muscles. Squats, lunges, pushups, and free weights are all great ways to exercise and get stronger, according to Livestrong.com.

 

Flexibility

Diabetics can benefit from flexibility, according to Livestrong.com. Taking yoga or Pilates classes is a great was to increase your flexibility.

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