We know adding exercise into our day-to-day life can make a huge difference in our overall health, but how can it impact our blood sugar levels? It has been found regular exercise can help us better control blood sugar and thus better manage Type 2 diabetes.
Exercising can help support Type 2 diabetes for more than one reason. You can walk if that is all you are able to do but it is important because exercising gets the blood flowing. If you can’t walk, move your hands, fingers, toes, ankles, arms, and legs while you are sitting. By moving you are helping to make everything flow better in your body.
Including Exercise in Your Daily Routine Helps to…
1. Improve Blood Sugar. Yes, believe it or not, exercise can help improve your blood sugar levels. It can help to not only regulate blood sugar, but exercise can also help improve insulin sensitivity which is an important part of preventing or reversing Type 2 diabetes.
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2. Support a Healthy Weight. A huge part of supporting healthy blood sugar readings is maintaining a healthy weight. Exercise is a great way to keep your weight in check, and it doesn’t take much! You don’t have to spend hours at the gym, or even go to the gym. A simple brisk walk each day can do the trick.
3. Reduce Stress. Whether you have Type 2 diabetes or not, managing your stress levels is key to supporting your overall health. Exercise can reduce stress levels as it releases endorphins which are those feel-good hormones you get after a workout. Make it a habit to move your body daily whether through yoga, a walk, or going to one of your favorite exercise classes.
4. Improve Sleep. While you may not think sleep has anything to do with blood sugar regulation, it does! When you do not sleep well, your hormone and blood sugar levels suffer. You may also crave unhealthy foods which can lead to eating more sugar than you should. Exercise can improve your sleep habits, so strive to exercise at least a little each day to help you sleep better each night and feel alert the next day!
If you do not exercise, or just haven’t been lately because you don’t want to spend money or hours at the gym, know you don’t have to! You can exercise in the comfort of your home by pressing play on an at-home workout video or online fitness class, or you can get out for a walk. It does not matter how you move your body, just get out and move! The more you move, the better you will feel and chances are you will also start to make healthier eating choices which can greatly improve the outcome with your blood sugar and Type 2 diabetes. By moving you are helping to make everything flow better in your body which is better than taking pills to artificially make things flow.