I hate to say there’s such thing as a magic bullet for health – but when it comes to managing diabetes, exercise really is magical. Exercise can have a positive impact on your blood glucose levels, which is why I like to think of exercise as a form of medicine you can freely and happily administer to yourself.
Believe it or not, exercise is meant to be fun. Just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity and two resistance training sessions each week are recommended to help prevent diabetes-related complications.
Resistance training improves your insulin sensitivity by opening the gateway to the muscle cell, so glucose from the bloodstream can freely enter. Repeatedly contracting your muscles under mechanical tension, such as lifting free weights in a gym, allows your body to reap the rewards.
The good news is, you don’t have to buy a gym membership to enjoy these benefits, with councils around Australia installing free outdoor gyms created by a_space.
Outdoor gyms are suitable for all fitness levels and if you’re new to exercise or recovering from an injury, consulting with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist can help you begin a program safely.