Exercise, fitness, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle play a positive effect on both, our physical and emotional health. Along with this, such practices help to manage diabetes and also minimize the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Reputed diabetes organizations claim that physical activity reduces the chances of Type 2 diabetes by up to 40% and also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia, back pain, dementia and depression.
How Does Exercise Impact Diabetes Positively?
We commonly come across statements and recommendations that exercising is good for diabetes patients. But what exactly is happening in the background? Regular exercise:
How Much Activity is Good Enough?
Anything that keeps you from sitting idle is good enough to start with! It is recommended to do 150 minutes of physical activity per week but start by doing whatever you can as every small change results in big long-term changes!
If you have never exercised in your life, try accommodating 10-15 minutes of activity daily and gradually increase it to 30 minutes or 45minutes/day such that you complete your 150 minutes/week target. Even if you don’t find time to workout continuously for 30 minutes in one go, you can squeeze in short bouts of exercising in between your hectic schedule. You can try doing:
What Type of Activity Would Help?
Gym memberships and aerobics classes are exercises that would strike anyone on the first go. There is no hard and fast rule that you must stick to these exercise forms but there are plenty other ways in which you can make exercising a regular part of your lifestyle. It might be an activity you enjoy doing with your family/friends such as swimming or a sport you have been longing to play.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.