By Christel from TheFitBlog.com
My passion is strength training and I’m building a career coaching diabetics and non-diabetics alike in how to incorporate resistance training and proper nutrition into their often busy lives.
I’m a big fan of strength training since I find it empowering, I like being strong, and it has become a pillar in my diabetes management. While cardiovascular exercise is great for burning calories and regulating blood glucose during exercise, it doesn’t build much lean muscle mass which permanently raises your metabolism. And raising my metabolism has really been the key for me when it comes to long-term blood glucose (and weight) management.
Muscles burn more calories than fat so the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn, even when doing nothing! Increasing your muscle mass also greatly improves your insulin sensitivity so when you start strength training, you will most likely see a reduction in your insulin needs.