This is steps 3 of 3 steps to prevent and manage diabetes.
Step 1 was to get enough sleep.
Step 2 was to get enough protein.
Now, here's the step that involves work – EXERCISE. This is the ultimate way to keep your blood sugar levels in check and help your body use sugar instead of storing it as belly fat, etc.
150 minutes a week (2.5 hours) is a good place to start. That' not 150 minutes of workout time. This is simply the minimum amount an active person might MOVE every week.
We need to be active every day. Walking counts, cardio counts, and activities like weeding or simply walking around a museum or supermarket also count, as long as we are generally on our feet.
For a body with a good defense against diabetes, it needs good muscle mass, which unfortunately starts to deteriorate quickly as we age. That's why we have to do resistance training. Only two workouts a week is needed to maintain muscle.
Outside of our workouts, my clients run, walk the dog and do yoga, and some are just super active, walking up and down the steps in the New York subway. Either way, they are active every day in addition to workouts. The 2 hours of workouts they do with me a week covers resistance training, core and mobility training plus cardio to a lesser or greater extent depending what they are working on.
So, there you have it. There is work involved, but this SIMPLE habit could be started this week if you want to prioritize it
Remember, this habit will not only help you prevent and manage diabetes but also keep you looking and feeling great!
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Stay fit, stay fabulous, Clara x
Clara Depont is a certified personal trainer at www.claradepont.com where she trains women in their 50s and 60s. When she’s not writing blogs on how to stay vibrant, fit and happy she’s traveling in search of a forest or a sexy coastline. You can get to know her best through Weekly Emails, Instagram or Facebook. She is British and lives in New Mexico.
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