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As much as I've read and learned, diabetics have to do what others have to do -- with the occasional proviso that strenuous exercise can raise BG levels. The best exercises for maintaining healthy muscles include strength training (rather than just aerobics). How you do that (free weights, Smith machines, kettlebells, etc.) is your preference.

The older we get, though, particularly around 60 years old, building muscle gets more difficult. It's harder to build muscle within an individual session and recovery time goes up. Days off between sessions seem to work for some people; training different muscle groups on different days works for others.

I can't speak to my incredibly uneven schedule of strength training, however.
 
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