Doctors and medical professionals universally agree that a majority of their diabetes patients are not, or have not been, physically active.
“Lifestyle disorders” (as Type 2 Diabetes is fondly called) and chronic conditions usually develop due to a lack of physical activity over the years. Epigenetic intervention can help (significantly) in re-programming metabolism, insulin function, and hormonal regulation. Aerobic exercise (and an active schedule for 10-12 hours a day) can greatly alleviate symptoms.
Diabetes & Lifestyle – Dos and Don’ts
Diabetics’ “Pet peeves”
- Exhaustion and/or fatigue.
- Increased frequency of thirst and/or hunger.
- Inability to stay away from the sweet stuff, “social” events
Fitness regimes can fix all of the above. Consistency in working out and staying in shape regulates feelings of hunger, satiety, response to cravings and more. The longer your fitness plan, the stronger will be your resolve to follow healthy habits.
What’s the verdict?
Experts recommend aerobic activity of ~150 minutes per week and resistance training 2-3 times a week for optimal management of insulin sensitivity (classic sign of T2D) and glycemic control.
- Brisk walking (>=5-6 kmph) for the early birds and the ones who have dogs.
- Running or bike-riding for those who like the adrenaline rush.
- Muscle-conditioning (also known as strengthening) who wish to stay in shape while fighting diabetes (Pilates is a great way to do this). Increasing muscle mass helps burn more fat – for up to 24 hours before your next workout. Blood sugar levels also remain stabilized for longer.
- Yoga for all, especially the ladies.
- Hi-Intensity Interval Training (HiiT) for those who want a challenge.
- Any sport (tennis, football, cricket, basketball, squash, martial arts) for the parents who want a better report card at the doctor’s. Or just skipping with your kid. Or Hopscotch. As long as you move, really.
- Stair walking for those who work (or live) on the top floor.
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About The Author
Rasika Raman is a 26 year old fitness enthusiast who currently does 30 minutes of Pilates 3 times a week.