Fitness for All Types
By Chris Sparling
Do you know how to operate an F-16 jet fighter? Can you build an addition on a house? Are you able to play the oboe? Chances are, unless someone has at least explained to you how to do these things, you probably don't have a clue where to even begin. The same applies for working out. It's very human to avoid our own lack of know-how, which is why so many people may sometimes fear starting a regular workout program.
We're about to change all that.
Studies have shown that even moderate exercise can help a person lose weight and regulate their blood glucose levels. With that in mind, the exercise newbie should follow a fitness routine that pushes them just past their current level of exertion. Doing so will allow the body to acclimate to this new, and slightly more strenuous, daily workload, thus improving circulation, helping to stabilize blood sugars, and increasing metabolic rate. Regular exercise is important for anyone, but particularly important for people with diabetes.
Remember to always speak with your doctor before engaging in an exercise program of any kind, as they can help you fine-tune your medications to help avoid lows and highs. You may also want to speak with a registered dietitian or nutritionist to help create a meal plan or even a snack that can aid in keeping your numbers steady and your body strong. A fitness professional (such as a personal trainer or exercise physiologist) may be helpful if you feel you need further clarification on some of the exercise routines listed above.
(And as far as flying that F-16 or building the addition on your home goes, my guess is that you should talk to a professional before trying either of those, as well.)
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