Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter
Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Diabetes Archives
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

11 Strength Training Dos and Don’ts


Jun 1, 2004

Keep these tips in mind while performing strength-training exercises:

  1. Do choose a weight or exercise that allows you to perform the movement in a smooth, controlled manner for one to three sets of eight to 15 repetitions.
  2. Do take two to four seconds to lift the weight, and another two to four seconds to lower the weight.
  3. Do maintain good posture and form while performing the exercises.
  4. Do choose a weight or exercise that is challenging and fatigues your muscles when you correctly perform the movement as specified above.
  5. Don’t choose weights or exercises that cause you to use bad form or hold your breath, which may result in injury.
  6. Do consider your health before starting an exercise program. Talking to your doctor and/or diabetes specialist is a prudent first step.
  7. Do warm up first. You should perform a minimum five to 10 minutes of aerobic activity (like walking) a warm-up before performing resistance exercise. You may also want to perform one to three sets of lighter resistance for each exercise as a specific warm-up for those movements.
  8. Don’t hold your breath. Failing to breathe normally throughout the exercise can increase your blood pressure to unhealthy levels.
  9. Do stretch. It is good to stretch your muscles in between sets or after your exercises. Stretch only after you are properly warmed up. Do not stretch a cold muscle.
  10. Don’t perform resistance exercise every day. Strength training generally works best when it is brief, intense and infrequent. Give your muscles at least a day or two to recover between bouts of resistance exercise.
  11. Do consider working with a qualified exercise professional to assist you.

Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Exercise



You May Also Be Interested In...


Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Jun 1, 2004

©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.