Diabetic Living - - Your Exercise -

I walk three to four times a week, but I’ve heard walk­ing may not be enough for fit­ness. Is this right?

The fact you are out there and mov­ing three to four times a week is fan­tas­tic and cer­tainly goes a long way to­wards main­tain­ing your gen­eral health. You lower your risk of many chronic dis­eases as well as phys­i­cal in­juries that stem from in­ac­tiv­ity, such as lower back pain, neck and shoul­der pain. You are cor­rect though; walk­ing may not be enough. It’s a great car­dio­vas­cu­lar work­out but does lit­tle to build your mus­cle mass. Af­ter the age of 30, we have to ac­tively do re­sis­tance train­ing to pre­serve our mus­cle mass, oth­er­wise we will lose it over time. Mus­cles use a fair amount of energy, which in­creases our daily energy re­quire­ments, im­proves the stor­age and clear­ance of glu­cose and keeps us able to do all the things we love to do! Re­sis­tance train­ing is the only type of ex­er­cise that builds mus­cle. The rec­om­men­da­tion is to in­clude eight to 10 ex­er­cises at mod­er­ate to hard in­ten­sity, two or three times per week. And keep walk­ing! ■ Chris­tine Ar­marego, ac­cred­ited ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist

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