So I am back into the cardio scene on the weekends and after two sessions on the treadmill I can honestly say I have missed it. I find that while lifting weights is the key to playing the balancing act in Type II Diabetes, cardio is equally important to this balance.
One of the benefits which are never discussed is that of bathroom habits. I have noticed that while working out with heavy weight I don’t have the same urges to use the bathroom in the morning. Cardio speeds up your metabolism and also keeps the processes of the gut moving. Digestive health is normally addressed in the form of the foods which we eat, but I believe that cardio exercise also plays a vital roll in moving things from the mouth to the toilet.
I have also noticed that I am less hungry during the day and I believe that is due to faster absorption of all of the essential things that body needs to survive and thrive like vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and fats. Once the body is satisfied I think the brain receives less signals for food. Of course this only works correctly if we are eating a balanced meal plan.
Cardio need not be performed every day, but keeping it in the mix 2-3 days per week certainly has made some incredible changes in my overall health. I try to keep it to a minimum of just 30-40 minutes per session because anything more pulls energy from the muscles. I work too hard on building my muscles to do anything that would reduce their size.
So welcome back cardio, as I remember it was you that initially helped me to lose those initial 35 lbs and started my body on the road to good health. I did miss those sweat dripping sessions of love and the feeling of the rush of blood running through my veins.