Best Low Impact Exercises for Diabetics

Written by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Sometimes when you have special health conditions, for example, if you’re diabetic, and you want to begin a regular exercise program, it’s hard to decide what the best exercises are for your condition. If you’re diabetic and thinking of starting with low impact exercises, Fancy New Me has some suggestions for choosing which low impact exercises to do. No matter the choice, though, low impact exercises put less pressure on your joints while offering a great workout.

Walking, riding an elliptical machine, stair climbing, cycling, rowing, kayaking, swimming and water aerobics are all fun activities that Fancy New Me talks about, and which can help with cardiovascular fitness, improve your weight management and help address your blood glucose levels.

There is plenty of research demonstrating the glycemic control and benefits that exercise can give you, whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and, indeed, the ones in the featured article can help you address your exercise needs. Aerobic exercise can also help, especially with Type 1 diabetes, but always remember to start slow to reduce the potential for injury that might sideline you for weeks.

Additionally, keep a daily diary and track your metabolic results over time. You may find that one activity impacts glucose control more significantly than another.

While we’re on the topic, did you know there are several myths about exercising that could side-track your efforts if you’re not aware of them? For example, many people mistakenly believe that working out turns fat into muscle, but the truth is fat can’t turn into muscle. You can lose fat and build muscle, but you can’t turn one into the other.

If you’re interested in building muscle, check out my article, "How Strength Training Changes Your Body for Good." Here, I talk about the benefits of strength training and how it can help you address many chronic conditions such as arthritis, back pain and diabetes. It also helps strengthen your bones. This article offers several options for strength training that you can do right at home.

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