By Nancy E. Hafer, MS, RD, LD
No way to get outdoor exercise in winter or bad weather? No time to get to the gym? Well, now you’ve got no excuse. With the exercises here, you can improve muscle tone and build strength without even leaving the warmth and comfort of your favorite armchair.
Resistance exercise (activity that causes muscles to contract against resistance) strengthens, tones, and helps build muscles...
By Mary Ann Cockram, MS, RD
What makes swimming the exercise of choice for people with injuries, joint problems, or medical conditions such as arthritis and diabetes? Water!
Experience the magic of water.The secret to the amazing benefits of swimming is found in the special properties of water. First, water supports your weight, which enables you to exercise every muscle of your body with less strain on your joints. In addition to supporting your body, water also provides resistance as you exercise, much as free weights do...
One of the best ways to determine overall health risk is to determine a person’s Body Mass Index, or BMI. This measure allows health care professionals to use an individual’s height and weight to estimate body fat.A person’s BMI is calculated by dividing the individual’s weight by the square of his or her height. Health care professionals measure weight in kilograms and height in meters. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a healthy BMI for adults is between 18.5 and 24.9...
Weight Loss and Lifestyle
For someone with diabetes, the benefits of just a 5% weight loss can include:
- Improved blood sugar
- Improved use of insulin
- Reduced need for diabetes medications
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced risk of heart disease and other long-term health problems
- Improved appearance, energy level, and self-esteem
It's important to select a weight loss goal that is achievable, maintainable, and com...
Losing weight is not always easy, but understanding how critical it can be to both preventing and controlling type 2 diabetes is a step in the right direction. Here are some essential facts to get you started. Remember: Slow and steady wins the race.
Losing Excess Weight Can Improve Blood Sugar Control
People who carry excess body weight have extra fatty tissue. This fatty tissue produces substances that are thought to interfere with the body's ability to control blood sugar levels. This can contribute to insulin resistance, the condition in which the body must produce higher-than-normal levels of insulin to move sugar out of the bloodstream and into cells...
Getting in shape can be as easy as focusing on one body part at a time. To tone and shape your body, try breaking your workout into these targeted exercises from SparkPeople®.
Remember to consult with your health care provider before starting or making significant changes to an exercise program.
If you're like most people, you're probably aware that exercise is important for good health, particularly if you have diabetes. Being active each day can help control your weight and manage your blood sugar levels, but it's often difficult to find an exercise routine you can stick with.
Maintaining regular activity is hard when you're just starting out, and it can take about six weeks to truly adopt a new habit. If you've fallen out of practice, take this chance to jump-start your exercise routine. Keep in mind these simple pointers and you'll be on your way to getting your exercise plan up and running for the long term.
Top 10 Ways to Start a Personal Exercise Program
- Start slowly and build up gradually — 15 minutes a day is enough to start with, and it'll get your heart going.
- Wear shoes that fit well, have plenty of room, and are appropriate for the activity.
- Find an exercise partner — you'll be more likely to stick with the routine...
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Take the Guesswork Out of Eating Right
If you have diabetes, daily physical activity can help manage your blood sugar levels and help you achieve weight loss. Being active also feels good and doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult. Be sure to consult with your health care professional before beginning an exercise program.
Check out our top 10 ways to add activity to your life:
- Start slowly. Fifteen minutes of physical activity daily is enough for a beginner. Gradually work up to more strenuous exercise for longer periods of time. Consult your health care professional for guidance.
- Take a class. Try something new. Your budding interest in the new activity is likely to motivate you...