The Magic Bullet
Exercise recommendations can be daunting. A typical program recommends 30-60 minutes of exercise per day, a combination of aerobic and resistance training 3-4 days a week, exercising all major muscle groups, exercising at least every other day while working up to five days a week, walking 10,000 steps a day...and more.
Runners and gym rats may not have a problem with this but others are intimidated and troubled to think they're doomed if they don't comply.
If a person with diabetes follows the guidelines, their blood glucose management will improve - no question about it. But what about those who can't?
"Exercise" doesn't necessarily mean sweating, sore muscles and exhaustion. It can. but it's helpful to think of it as "anything that makes your skeleton move." This includes vacuuming, walking to the store and doing anything that isn't sedentary.
The more active you are, the more muscle you'll build. Muscle is a powerful tool for diabetics. It naturally pulls glucose from the bloodstream without medication and either burns it or stores it for future use. The blood glucose level (BGL) will drop immediately and it will be easier to manage for about two days, even if you're relatively inactive.
"More is better." The more muscle you have and the more you move the better your BGL will be. It's the magic bullet for diabetics.
If you keep it up, you'll get stronger and become even more active. The payoff is that your blood sugars will be easier to manage.
Physical activity is free and effective. It's a magic bullet for diabetics.
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