When most individuals decide to make a change—be it eating healthier or putting that gym membership to use—they often forget the baby steps. As the old saying goes, "we must learn to walk before we can run," and there are few forms of exercise as easy and convenient as walking. This effective and low-cost form of aerobic activity is particularly outstanding for individuals with diabetes.
Walk your way to better health. For those with type 2 diabetes, exercise is as important as diet when it comes to controlling the disease. There are many benefits to walking with diabetes, such as: lowering blood glucose levels, improving the body's ability to use insulin, reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke, raising good cholesterol levels while lowering the bad, reducing stress levels, and strengthening your muscles and bones.
If you feel like you want more of a challenge, incorporate strength training and pick up the speed. Walking at a brisk pace will raise your heart rate and give your heart and lungs a better workout and burn more calories.
Don't forget proper footwear is important to protect your feet, and be sure to include a gentle warm-up and cool-down before and after you walk. Exercising with type 2 diabetes requires a little effort and extra precautions, but the benefits are worth it! Consult the experts from Absolute Foot Care Specialists here in Las Vegas before beginning any new exercise regimens. Contact our office by calling (702) 839-2010 or by filling out our online appointment request form.