Goal: To establish a regular routine of physical activity within your individual scope of mobility.
Continue to monitor your blood glucose daily, drink your optimum amount of water every day, continue eating whole-food non-starchy vegetables instead of processed food, and ADD a daily physical activity. This week we are featuring the second of The 8 Laws of Health: Exercise.
What is the best exercise for you to reverse or prevent diabetes? The answer: any exercise you enjoy enough to do every single day! Many doctors and other health care practitioners recommend walking as the best overall exercise. Walking benefits every organ and system in the body. Best of all, it’s free!
- Determine YOUR mobility level and limits
- Find something that is fun for you (see list below for Types of Exercise, or add your own)
I once asked my doctor if I needed to exercise every day. Her response: “Are you a diabetic every day?”
- Do it every day
- Complete at least 30 minutes of physical activity (can be done in two or three separate instances, if needed)
- Preferably outdoors, with fresh air and sunlight
- If weather does not permit outdoor exercise, complete indoors at home, at a gym, or walking in an indoor mall
- Remember to take water with you
- Wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the activity
- Wear a pedometer or fitness tracker (Fitbit, Garmin, etc.)
- Increase time/distance/number of steps
- Record your activity in your daily journal so you can see how exercise affects your blood sugar
Types of Exercise:
- Aerobic/anaerobic exercises
- Cardio training
- High-intensity interval training (HIIT)
- Limited mobility (see below)
- Strength training
- Tai Chi, Qi Gong
- Treadmill/eliptical machine
Exercise for the Mobility-challenged