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There’s no doubt that exercise is an essential part of successfully managing diabetes –  both type 1 and 2. But which type of exercise should you be focusing on? Read on to find out.

Weightlifting

There are two sides to the practice of resistance training for diabetics. The first camp says that lifting weights lowers your blood glucose level by forcing your muscles to store extra carbohydrates as glycogen for energy, and that weight training also speeds up your metabolism. The second argues that lifting weights releases high levels of adrenaline into your bloodstream, thus increasing your blood glucose levels.

If you are a diabetic, speak to your doctor before hitting the bench-press or squatting away at the gym to make sure that you are fit for resistance training.

Brisk walks

Walking is arguably the safest course of action for diabetics who want to get some exercise, since it does not place strenuous demands on the body. Aim for 15 to 45 minutes a day.

Interval training

While diabetics should definitely consult a doctor before doing interval training, it has been proven that mixing long periods of mild cardiovascular activity (such as walking) with short, intense bursts (such as fifteen second sprints) can be beneficial in helping the body manage spikes in blood glucose levels.

CoreBurn

This functional fitness class with upbeat music at Zone Fitness has been tailored to benefit new gym-goers, (CoreBurn 1) intermediate members (CoreBurn 2) as well as those who are more advanced (CoreBurn 3).

Diabetics can benefit from exercises such as battle rope slams, medicine ball body-twist, split lunges and burpees, as well as advanced functional movements like squat & press and high running knees. This training program is intended to improve your body and to help it perform optimally during daily activities.

Doing chores

If intermediate/intense exercise is deemed too risky for your condition, consider menial activities like gardening, housecleaning, walking the dog, cleaning the pool or washing the car – as long as you get moving!