What is resistance exercise and why is it important to people wit
All physical activity is good for people with diabetes, but different types of exercise can present different benefits. The two main types of exercise are aerobic exercise and resistance exercise.
Aerobic exercise works your lungs and heart, and helps carry oxygen around the body. Resistance exercise works to build muscle strength, together with bone strength and bone density. It has also been shown to be a valuable tool in maintaining blood glucose targets, by improving glucose regulation. Studies also show regular resistance exercise can help to increase levels of lipoprotein – the ‘good’ and desirable cholesterol.
Resistance exercise may also provide the necessary emotional boost for those who need to see results quickly in order to remain motivated. Results are usually seen more quickly than with aerobic exercise, with muscles often become visibly more toned within a short time.