By: NM Crystal Lake & Huntley Fitness Staff
November is American Diabetes Month, and we want to support your fitness goals and healthy living. Being active is one of the best options to help individuals manage diabetes. According to the CDC, major benefits include lower risk of heart disease and nerve damage and help with controlling blood sugar levels. Here are our top 6 exercise recommendations.
You can start this simple exercise today. Experts recommend taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes, five days a week. Make sure to wear supportive shoes and loose comfortable clothing.
We recommend this low-impact exercise if you have lower joint pain. Cycling can help you meet your fitness goals while minimizing strain on your joints.
Water workouts are another joint-friendly exercise option. Try swimming, water aerobics, aqua jogging and more. Aquatic activities will also support your heart, lungs, and muscle health.
Pilates can help improve core strength, coordination, and balance. According to a recent study of older women with type 2 diabetes, it may also help improve blood sugar control.
For individuals with type 2 diabetes, yoga can help manage their blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and weight. You may also notice improvements in the quality of your sleep, and a boost to your mood.
These workouts use your own body weight to strengthen your muscles. Common calisthenic exercises include push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges, and abdominal crunches.
Give your body time to recover, take a day off from muscle-strengthening activities between each session of strength training. If you need assistance with exercise techniques or exercise suggestions, our trainers and staff are happy to help you at the Member Services Desk.
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