What is Aerobic Fitness?

What is Aerobic Exercise?

Aerobic exercise means “with oxygen.” It increases your breathing and heart rates, and helps keep your heart, lungs, and circulatory system healthy.

Structured Aerobic Exercise has been proven to increase insulin sensitivity, overall, for those with diabetes, even after 1 week. 

What are some aerobic exercises?

Aerobic exercise involves repeated and continuous movement of large muscle groups. Moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise has been proven to show the most benefits. 

These activities include: 

  • A brisk walk
  • Jogging
  • Climbing the stairs
  • Playing tennis
  • Dancing
  • Biking
  • Doing yard work like raking, digging and gardening
  • Swimming laps

Remember, to test the level of intensity of your activity, use the Talk Test. 

How to do Aerobic Exercises

Aerobic exercise should ideally last for at least 10 minutes, with the goal of 30 minutes per day or more. Daily exercise, which means not letting more than 2 days go by without exercise, is recommended to decrease insulin resistance, regardless of diabetes type.

Over time, you should increase the intensity, frequency, and/or duration of your activity to eventually surpass 150 min/week.

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