Strength Training Wins the Race for Managing T2D

black-weight-liftingWow! I am looking at my numbers this morning with great joy. Blood sugar finally dropped under 100 and body weight dropped 2 lbs. Based on what I see I am giving up the treadmill as I believe that the cardio is giving me serious inflammation and causing my body to both retain water and drive my insulin levels up which are reflected in a higher blood sugar level. Still I know that some forms of cardio are beneficial and as the weather is starting to break I am going to start doing sprints each Saturday. This will consist of running as fast as I can for 20 seconds followed by 2 minutes of relaxed walking. A total of 8 sets of these will be good enough to get some good fat burning in place and strengthen the legs effectively. This can also be done on a bicycle by going uphill hard for 20 seconds then slowly cruising back to where you started and doing it again for 20 seconds. I am not taking walking out of my workout plan altogether as I plan on doing some really good hikes on the weekends over the next 6 months, but at a slow pace like us humans are supposed to do.

So it appears that strength training has proven to be more beneficial to keeping both Type II Diabetes in check and the process of fat burning. Although we all know that the key to fat burning is in the diet. It is all about allowing our bodies to get into a state of ketosis where our bodies are relying on utilizing the energy from stored fat vs. the energy from glucose. I learned something very interesting after listening to Dr. Josh Fung yesterday. I learned that before the body can burn fat from the body, it first must burn the fat that is stored in our livers. This is why when we initially go into a state of ketosis it usually takes over 7 days to see our body weight start to drop. Along with eating a very low carb diet it is also beneficial to do some type of intermittent fasting as humans are genetically predisposed to periods of time without food. During these fasts bone broth cooked with vegetables can be sufficient enough to provide the daily nutrition we need along of course with water. Very Interesting, and something I may be incorporating soon.

Blood Sugar – 97, Weight – 167.0

Bowflex – SHOULDERS
Shoulder Press- 240- 12, 10, 8
Front Raises- 60- 12, 10, 8
Side Raises- 60- 12, 10, 8
Shrugs- 310- 12, 10, 8
Situps Straight- 12, 10, 8
Leg Lifts- 12, 10, 8

Meals
Breakfast- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Lunch- Grass Fed Burger, Broccoli
Dinner- Chicken, Mixed Vegetables

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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2 Responses to Strength Training Wins the Race for Managing T2D

  1. I’m finding the walking I’ve been doing has helped me with the inflammation that is all over my body. I think the endorphins have me in euphoria while I’m walking and it is helping not only inflammation but the spasms I deal with…I’m glad you were able to find something that will keep your diabetes in a healthier state, but still be able to get some type of exercise going♥ NO complaining and no excuses is what I keep reminding myself. Working towards a healthier life style….

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