Diabetics worry every moment about their health, weight and blood sugar control. For the most part exercise has an insulin effect, lowering blood sugar, but there are times that prolonged physical activity has the reverse effect. This can hinder the results you are trying to attain from the exercise as well as hurting your health…
So which exercises can you do that boosts fat burning, and how can you make them without raising your blood sugar?
After dealing with this problem for years, gaining weight no matter what I tried and feeling lethargic and sick after my workouts, I knew something had to be changed. The doctors didn’t seem to help me. There was no information anywhere about this issue. After trial and error I finally got the control I wanted and the weight began to come off.
The first thing to remember is checking your blood sugar is extremely important in learning how your body reacts to the foods you eat, and your activities and stress. It means the difference between your health, and a life filled with complications due from high blood sugars.
I remember feeling uneasy about checking my sugars in public. I opted to not knowing and risking a high or low rather than checking, despite the looks and curiosity, and staying healthy. I later learned that if I don’t put myself first than no one will and the only one who’ll suffer would be me. I learned to check my sugar several times during my workout. I began to see a pattern and was able to adjust my insulin when needed, preventing highs and lows.
The main reason that sugar spikes after exercise in a Diabetic is from something called the liver dump effect. The body feels starved for sugar and starts dumping sugar in the liver. This happens because your sugar drops during exercise. In order to prevent that, eating a small amount of carbs before your workout will prevent the spike from happening.
*Be consistent with your exercise plan. Create a program that you know you can keep and stick to it. This will ensure your success.
Which exercises can you do that burns fat?
Exercises that build muscle will burn fat. The more muscle you have, the more fat you burn, even while asleep. This doesn’t mean you need to do body building exercises. There are many forms of exercise that build lean, long and strong, fat burning muscles.
Some examples of great fat burning exercises are weight training, yoga, Pilates, sports such as gymnastics, dance and karate. All of these builds muscle and create a fat burning effect on the body.
The more extreme the exercise, the more muscle is needed to complete it, the more of a fat burning machine you’ll become.
The main thing to remember is to create a plan that you enjoy, will stick to, and energizes you when you’re done. Working out should be fun. Learning to leverage your time wisely will bring more success to your fat loss and health goals.