Exercise

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The importance of exercise to a diabetic is second only to nutrition. The kind of exercise you choose is up to you and your health care provider.

Conventional wisdom says that walking is the best exercise for a diabetic, and that ideally you should walk 10,000 steps (roughly 5 miles) every day. “Present truth” (aka recent studies) tells us that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) may be more effective for diabetics, and it can be combined with daily walking.

Several years ago, I went to Curves (see link below), a gym especially for women, which is known for its 30-minute interval-training circuit, incorporating 30 seconds of high-intensity workout, alternating with 30 seconds of low-intensity “recovery.” I was successful in losing weight, but it was extremely hard because I was still eating a high-carb diet. Unfortunately, my work schedule became too tight and the local Curves reduced their hours, so it was no longer possible for me to keep going. Now that I have a flexible work schedule and more time, I cannot afford a Curves membership again. Unfortunately, it seems that Curves’ popularity has declined in the last few years; but walking will never go out of style!

What is the best exercise for you to improve or prevent diabetes? The answer: any exercise you enjoy enough to do every single day! I once asked my doctor if I needed to exercise every day. Her response: “Are you a diabetic every day?”

Take a look at my personal collection of YouTube exercise videos. If you have a YouTube account, you might want to create your own Playlist of exercise videos! Now you will have no excuse for not exercising when it’s too hot, too cold, or too rainy.

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