Staying fit is important for women of any age, but after our 40s our body starts changing, and taking care of our own health feels more important than ever.
Research shows that an active lifestyle improves our overall health, prevents or decreases many problems associated with aging, and helps us preserve our physical and mental state as decades go by. Exercise also lowers our risk of developing emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety and decreases our likelihood of premature death by about 30%.
Sometimes people with diabetes think that they can’t, or shouldn’t, exercise as much as others because they fear experiencing a decompensation, but the truth is that with proper precautions diabetics can enjoy the benefits of exercise and even experience relief from some symptoms of their disease. An active lifestyle is recommended for everyone, you just need to find an exercise routine that fits your age, needs, and possibilities, and that fills you with motivation and joy.
So here are ten great workouts for diabetic women over 40 years old who want to stay fit and healthy, keep their diabetes under control, and feel good with their bodies and their physical performance. Remember to check your blood sugar levels before and after you exercise, and keep a glucose tablet or any other sweet at hand in case you start feeling hypoglycemia symptoms.
1. Quick walks.
Walking is advised for any age, and experts state that a 40′ walk thrice a week has a significant positive impact on our health, both mental and physical. Regular walks are advisable, but adding up a bit more speed will increase their benefits for your body.
By walking a bit faster than usual, you activate your body, increase your heart and respiratory rate, and stimmulate your fluid circulation. A quick walk becomes an aerobic exercise. You can combine quick walks with your daily routine, for example when you go to the grocery store or visit a friend.