Getting your exercise doesn't have to be a big production. Walking can help manage glucose levels. Exercising makes your muscles less resistant to insulin for only a day or two, so frequency is important. Experts recommend that you walk for at least 30 minutes a day, five or more days a week.
Strength training also plays a role in managing glucose by increasing your muscle mass. Muscle cells use insulin much more efficiently than fat cells do, so building your muscles helps to manage glucose.
Riverside Wellness and Fitness Centers
Our fitness centers are a good place to start with your goal to get more exercise. Centers on the Peninsula and in Gloucester offer you a variety of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, group exercise classes for all fitness levels, and an indoor walking or jogging track. Some facilities offer indoor and outdoor tennis, and aquatic programs. Personal trainers are available to help get your exercise program started.
The Peninsula center offers an eight-week program that combines effective, fat-burning exercise with nutrition education that emphasizes balance and moderation. Dietcise is in a non-intimidating group setting and is structured so that beginners in the nutrition and exercise classes will feel right at home. Certified Group Exercise Instructors teach the exercise program and Registered Dietitians teach the nutrition classes.