Diabetes Forecast

Water Workouts Are a Good Choice for Fitness

By Miriam E. Tucker ,


Good news for people with type 2 diabetes who enjoy water aerobics: It’s just as good for you as dry-land exercise and may be safer because it involves less risk of injury. Researchers randomly assigned 35 patients with type 2 diabetes to either 45 minutes of aquatic or dry-land aerobic training, three times a week for 12 weeks. A1C levels—a measure of glucose control—dropped by 0.42 percentage points with water workouts and by 0.35 percentage points on dry land, and there were no significant differences between the groups in levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, resting heart rate, and fitness. So if you don’t mind getting wet, dive in!
Source: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, published online Dec. 11, 2015



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