Type-2 Diabetes and Exercise – How Exercise Can Help You Control Diabetes?

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By Dr. Arunesh Dutt Upadhyay , General Physician

Regular exercise is highly recommended if you are suffering from type 2 diabetes. In addition to taking medications, exercises help in regulating your blood sugar levels. Besides, staying active and fit help you in maintaining your weight levels; thereby keeping a check on diabetes.

  1. Running: Running is a hassle-free workout that you can do anywhere. You can start with 10 minutes of running and then gradually progress on to 30 minutes. Running helps in maintaining your body weight at optimal levels, and is also an excellent method of losing fat.
  2. Strength Training: Lifting weight to build your muscles is an effective method of controlling Type-2 diabetes. It allows the muscles in the body to use glucose in an effective manner. In addition, muscles burn calories even when you are at rest, so the sugar in your bloodstream is utilized more effectively. Aim to do a whole body workout for at least three days a week.
  3. Metabolic Circuits: Metabolic circuits are a type of exercise that elevates your metabolism for a long time after you are finished with your workout. These circuits involve doing one exercise after the other with minimal rest. It is also very good in burning fat from the body.

In addition to the above tips, you should make it a point to keep yourself active throughout the day. From taking the stairs to taking small walk breaks in between your work, these help in burning calories and maintaining optimal blood sugar levels.

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