See the suggestions below for what types of exercise to do.You should aim to get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise most days of the week.Remember that walking your dog is a form of exercise. Walking from your car and into the store is exercise—so park farther away.
Exercise has so many benefits, but the biggest one is that it makes it easier to control your blood glucose (blood sugar) level.
People with type 2 diabetes have too much glucose in their blood, either because their body doesn’t produce enough insulin to process it, or because their body doesn’t use insulin properly (insulin resistant).
Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes does change your life, but making small changes to your routine can help you incorporate more physical activity into your day.
You need to do what works for your body and your lifestyle.
It’ll be harder to stay motivated, even if you know all the benefits of exercise.
Consider taking group classes at the gym, or find a friend to walk or run with.
In other words, it doesn’t matter if you’re insulin resistant or if you don’t have enough insulin: when you exercise, your muscles get the glucose they need, and in turn, your blood glucose level goes down.
If you’re insulin resistant, exercise actually makes your insulin more effective.
That is—your insulin resistance goes down when you exercise, and your cells can use the glucose more effectively.
Exercise can also help people with type 2 diabetes avoid long-term complications, especially heart problems.
People with diabetes are susceptible to developing blocked arteries (arteriosclerosis), which can lead to a heart attack. Plus, exercise helps you maintain good cholesterol—and that helps you avoid arteriosclerosis.