Regular physical activity improves metabolic signals that activate the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) axis. Include an exercise routine in your day. This will improve blood sugar control and reduce inflammation if present.
- Exercise is a great help in managing the symptoms of chronic conditions and autoimmune diseases.
- It is actually called inflammation modulation and it helps control the mechanisms of this process.
- If you have an autoimmune disease or chronic syndrome, read this section. Functional nutrition can help!
Exercise also helps to respond to stress by reducing its impact on your body. 30 minutes of physical activity a day is enough to see the first results.
Cortisol decreases and stress levels subside.
Regular physical exercise and minimum daily activity are two things to keep in mind if you want to achieve specific results. It only takes a very little, every day, to reduce the risk of immunodeficiency and start feeling well.
How to choose the right physical activity for me?
First and foremost, physical exercise must be structured based on your ability, your age, and your inflammatory status. I recommend exercising early in the morning or during the day. Avoid doing it in the evening or at night, as training – especially if it’s intense – could negatively affect your sleep/wake cycle.
- Opt (if time permits and you have enough space) to exercise outdoors before exercising indoors. And again, if you have the opportunity, train barefoot.
- In short, according to many studies, it would be preferable to engage in physical activity during daylight hours. This measure would promote a lower sensitivity of cortisol receptors.
You can try doing low-impact activities like yoga, stretching, or some postural exercises. Always remember that aerobic activity must always be combined with anaerobic activity.
The benefits of physical activity are many and affect the whole body and every single system.
The secret is in good habits!
Set a goal of “30 minutes of movement a day” and see your health improve after the first half hour! Contact me to start eating healthier or if you need support for sports activities.
There is only one secret to increasing physical activity: good habits.
You can learn this by checking out my guide to forming healthy and good habits and I’m not just talking about food, don’t worry!
Exercise is an integral part of your diabetes treatment plan.
Regular physical activity not only helps fight stress, but also has important beneficial effects on metabolism: it improves insulin sensitivity, lowers triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LDL) in favor of good cholesterol (HDL), helps control blood pressure, reduces anxiety and depression, increases self-confidence and prevents cardiovascular diseases.
Episodes of hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia may occur during physical activity.
The goal is to maintain glycemic control both during and after physical activity.
USEFUL DEFINITIONS: Aerobic exercise: Rhythmic, repetitive, and continuous movements of the same large muscle groups for at least 10 minutes. Glucose is fully utilized in the presence of oxygen and provides a lot of energy. It is long-term physical effort, but with a light or moderate intensity, which is able to maintain a constant heart rate (eg: walking, cycling, slow running, swimming, aerobic water exercise and many sports).