Living with diabetes doesn’t mean you’re life is over. You simply need to make a few changes to the way you eat and your lifestyle. You can then continue to enjoy life and engage in all your favorite activities.
To ensure you are in the best of health and ready for anything, you should try the following 6 activities; you’ll be amazed at how much difference they can make.
Of course, it is also a good idea to get a CGM system, this will allow you to track your blood glucose levels effortlessly and make the necessary changes. It could even improve your health!
Swimming is a great way to raise your heart rate without placing stress on your joints and limbs. Its classed as aerobic which means you’ll be burning calories and helping to keep your blood sugar levels under control. However, as with all these activities, you may want to monitor your blood sugar levels before and after to ensure they stay within the right range or move in the right direction.
#2. Weight Training
Weight training is a great way to build lean muscle and burn fat, without getting the body of a bodybuilder. Just like swimming it will encourage your body to burn excess glucose in your body and help to prevent weight gain. You’ll also find it’s surprisingly enjoyable.
#3. Tai Chi
This exercise requires you to slow down your mind and your body. At the same time, the slow movements will increase flexibility and mobility. You’ll also find that you feel more energetic and that Tai Chi can actually help your body to control your blood sugar levels.
Yoga exercises have been used for centuries to help deal with a myriad of conditions. It stimulates blood flow around the body, helping to move the blood glucose to where it is needed and it can even improve the function of your nerves. You’ll probably find your body becomes more toned, but you’ll definitely feel invigorated mentally.
If you’re looking for something to do with your partner or just to meet people then dancing is the perfect exercise for anyone with type 2 diabetes. You’ll be required to learn various steps which will improve your mental memory. It can also help your brain function while boosting blood flow around your body, helping you to control your blood sugar levels.
Walking does have more of an impact on your joints but you should never underestimate the power of a good walk. Bun off those extra calories, and excess blood sugar, while enjoying fresh air, the company of a friend or your dog, and the beautiful scenery. You won’t just be helping to control your diabetes, you’ll feel invigorated and more able to deal with anything that life wants to throw at you. The best part is that it’s free and can be done at any time of the day or night.
The Bottom Line
Incorporating some simple and healthy lifestyle changes such as exercise and healthy nutrition into your life can go along way towards improving your health, especially if you suffer from Type 2 diabetes.
Living with diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your life to the fullest and continue to engage in your favorite activities for years to come.
The six exercises we’ve taken a look at today are a great starting ground to a new and improved you, diabetes or not!