Diabetes Forecast

Alternating Exercise Days Shows Benefit

Physical activity is a boon for blood glucose control, but researchers found that exercising every day may not be necessary. In the study, people with type 2 diabetes cycled on a stationary bike for 60 minutes one day, skipping exercise on the next, or cycled for 30 minutes both days. Both regimens helped normalize blood glucose levels, and it didn't seem to matter whether people exercised on one day or spread their activity over two days. It's unclear whether alternating workout days would affect other benefits of exercise, such as weight loss and heart health. The American Diabetes Association recommends no more than two "rest" days between bouts of aerobic activity.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online March 12, 2012

Safety note: Check with your health care provider before making big changes in your exercise plan, which could require adjustments in your meds, foods, or other treatment.



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