Being more physically active goes hand in hand with eating healthier. It can help you manage your diabetes and also reduce your risk of heart problems. This is because it increases the amount of glucose used by your muscles and helps the body use insulin more efficiently.
Exercise has many benefits, but its biggest advantage is that it makes it easier to manage blood sugar levels.
In case of type 2 diabetics, they have too much sugar( glucose) in their bloodstream – this can be either due to insulin resistance or failure to use the insulin properly by the body.
In either condition, exercise can help reduce the blood sugar levels. Our muscles are equipped to use glucose without insulin suck up when we exercise. SImply meaning, that it is not important if your body has enough insulin or not, when you indulge in exercise your muscles get the glucose they need and turn blood glucose levels down as well.
If you are resistant to insulin, exercise can actually make insulin sensitivity more effective.
Try to aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week. This is any activity that raises your heart rate, makes you breathe faster and feel warmer. You should still be able to talk and only be slightly out of breath. And you don’t have to do all 150 minutes in one go. Break it down into bite-size chunks of 10 minutes throughout the week or 30 minutes 5 times a week.
Physical activity is important for people of all weight ranges and health conditions. It helps us burn off the extra calories, it is good for the heart and circulatory system, it maintains or increases our muscle mass, it helps us focus, and improves overall health well-being. We don't have to be top athletes to get on the move! 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity is advised, and it can easily become part of our daily routine.