Our body is not made to sit in an office all day, relax and only use our index finger online, or on the couch with the remote. Not all of us continually move all day, on our feet and not stopping to take even a potty break. But these active jobs just may be benefiting us. In doing these jobs, we just may be preventing many health problems, and even helping to prevent chronic disease like diabetes.
EVERYONE can do some form of exercise, even if you are bed-bound you can do arm exercises, stretching and breathing exercise.
In the case of diabetes, diabetics who exercise regularly build muscle, making them less likely to store extra glucose as fat. The exercise also lowers glucose in the blood and improves insulin sensitivity, important factors in helping diabetics control their glucose levels.
Diabetics should exercise most days of the week, alternating medium- and high-intensity exercise. Recently, the American Diabetes Association gave new guidelines for diabetics during sedentary periods.
Now, the ADA is recommending that diabetics get moving every half hour, doing small exercises like torso twists and arm or leg extensions. Studies have shown improved blood sugar management when prolonged sitting is interrupted every 30 minutes—with three minutes or more of standing or light-intensity activities, such as:
Arthritis & Fibromyalgia pain
Again, you may also be surprised that exercise lessens pain related to arthritis. Those suffering from the condition may find movement in arthritic joints difficult. Still, they should make an effort. Regular exercise loosens and flexes the joints stiffened by arthritis, making movement easier over time. It also strengthens the muscles around the joint, helping those muscles to provide adequate support. If these muscles do not stay strong, the poor support will worsen the arthritis.
After an auto accident, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. "Nonsense," I told the physician. I kept moving and stretching while following an anti-inflammatory diet. I also eliminated all "white" food such as flour, pasta and sugar from my diet and added supplements to decrease inflammation.
The Mayo Clinic recommends performing a variety of exercises, including range-of-motion exercises and strength training. Those with arthritis may also benefit from gentle exercises like yoga.
With all the rewards that exercise has to offer, every person should implement a strong workout routine, especially those suffering chronic diseases.
They will experience lessened symptoms and may even get to forgo their medications. As a result, these people will find more freedom with these conditions than they ever thought possible.
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