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Exercise and Weight Loss
Aerobic exercise helps improve glycemic control and helps you maintain a healthy weight. How much aerobic exercise should you do?
We recommend at least:
- 150 minutes per week (or 30 minutes, 5 times a week) of moderate-intensity physical activity or
- 90 minutes a week (or 30 minutes, 3 times a week) of vigorous aerobic activity.
Click here to read a journal article from the American Diabetes Association about the importance of aerobic exercise.
Why Strength Training?
Strength training can:
- increase your body's bone mass
- increase your connective tissue strength
- increase your muscle strength and mass
- improve your ability to perform certain tasks
- improve your metabolic rate
- prevent injury
- help you recovery from an injury
To build strength and endurance, do 8-10 exercises that train your major muscle groups. Maintain normal breathing patterns as you do these exercises. We recommend that you do:
- 1-3 sets, 10-15 repetitions of each, 2-3 days a week.
Many people find it more helpful to have a training partner.