blood-sugar-levelsIf you are diabetic, controlling blood sugar levels at all times within the prescribed range is of paramount importance. The key to achieving optimum control of blood sugar is of course, balanced diet, a customized exercise program, and medications as advised by the doctor.

Most expert nutritionists and doctors have seen patients who do not take the exercise part very seriously.  At best, they include a walk, which could range from anything between a casual stroll in the garden to a slightly more brisk walk. And women, tend to ignore even this much of exercise with the belief that household work or the office work would suffice as enough of a “strain” and therefore can take the place of a workout. But getting into a well-designed, customized exercise program, that includes both cardiovascular activities, and muscle strengthening exercises are an absolute must for diabetics.

The world health bodies recommend getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, that includes 45 minutes of aerobic activity (brisk walk, jog, treadmill, cycling) and 10 to 15 minutes of muscle strengthening activities. Initial mode of exercise for those who have been sedentary and inactive for most of their lives, would be brisk walking. The walk has to be at that intensity where talking is difficult but not impossible.

For extensive health benefits, increasing intensity of aerobic activities such as stair climbing, jogging, swimming, cycling or including vigorous sports such as badmi

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