Friday, March 21, 2014

Diabetics - Walk Your Way to Fitness

Want an easy, accessible way to stay fit with diabetes? Try walking for exercise. Find out the benefits of walking and how to start a walking program.

Chicago-based diabetes educator Toby Smithson, RDN, LDN, CDE, knows a lot about exercise for diabetes — in part, because she has diabetes herself. 
An important message she shares with others who have diabetes: Walking for exercise is important.
In fact, one of the most effective ways to prevent and control diabetes is literally as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.

The benefits of walking are far-ranging. Walking for exercise does the following:
  • Burns calories, which helps you lose and control weight
  • Builds muscle, which helps you burn calories
  • Exercises the heart, decreasing risks of heart attack and stroke
  • Improves insulin resistance and changes how the liver processes glucose and fat
  • Improves your lipid profile, increasing “good” HDL cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Boosts mood
  • Helps prevent cancer and lowers risk of osteoporosis
  • Raises your heart rate

Read complete article at Everyday Health

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