As important as diet is to help control diabetes, it is also important to find time to exercise your body to also help control diabetes. Exercise, helps to control blood glucose and has the added benefit of helping with weight loss and keeping a health and active body. Exercise will result in causing the blood sugar levels to drop, so you should check your blood sugar levels prior to exercising. Many of us find it hard to make time for exercise. But you don’t have to spend hours in the gym to get the benefit from exercise. There are many stay at home exercises you can do that don’t require you going to the gym. Exercise can be done anywhere, it is just a matter of going out there and doing it. Here are some of the top 5 exercises you can do at home to help control diabetes and build a healthy body. Make sure that you consult with your doctor if you are generally not active. There may be some exercises that your doctor will recommend that you avoid, or at least ease into.
1. Walking around the block
Walking is an easily accessible and good exercise for anyone to start with. You can walk at your own pace or you can quick walk. It involves all muscles in the body and provides a good overall exercise that anyone can do. You can start with a short 10 minute walk. Then gradually increase your walking in intervals of 5 minutes until you reach a comfortable walking period. For each person, that walking time will vary, but usually 15 to 20 minutes walk or longer will provide a good low level exercise.
2. Walking up and down the stairs
Another very beneficial exercise that can be done at home is walking up and down a flight of stairs. Again, this engages most of the muscles in your body and can be a very good home exercise. You can go up and down the stairs at your own pace. Ideally 15-20 minutes of this stair climbing exercise will result in a very beneficial overall workout. You can go this all in one go, or you can break it up into different sets. Whichever way you choose, don’t try to overdo the exercise. Do it at your own pace. What is important is just to go and do it.
3. Jumping jacks
This exercise is universally known. Children often do jumping jacks as warm up exercises. Do this at your own pace. There is no rule as to how many jumping jacks to do. Do as many as you feel comfortable with. It is a good general exercise that again involves all the muscle groups in the body.
4. Aerobic exercising
Find a fitness program on TV or buy/rent an exercise DVD. Choose a program for your level. If you are a beginner don’t buy and advanced exercise DVD. You will need to work up to that. But there are many DVD programs that are geared for every individual’s level whether you are a beginner or advanced. Following the exercise program usually for 30 minutes will be very beneficial.
5. Sit ups and push ups
Another well-known set of exercises universally known are the sit ups and push ups. These work many muscles in your body and are strength building exercises as opposed to cardio exercises. If you are not able to do the full sit up or push up, or you don’t want to strain your back with the push up, do the push ups from you knee position as opposed to on your toes. You will still receive the strength training without the strain. For sit ups, if you cannot do the full sit up, do a variation of the sit up the crunch. In either case, go at your own pace. What is important in any of these exercises is that you go out and do it.