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Benefits of Resistance Training

Resistance training helps you manage your diabetes.

  • Every time a muscle moves (such as during resistance training), it uses the sugar that is in your blood.
  • The more muscle you have on your body, the more sugar you use from your blood.

Resistance training also helps you feel better and stronger.

Resistance training and aerobic exercise are both part of your exercise program. Both types of exercise help you make the most gains in your fitness.

As you get older, your muscles change and you lose almost one third of your muscle. This loss in muscle lowers your strength. But you can reduce how much muscle mass you lose with resistance training. Resistance training slows down your muscle loss.

Resistance training also helps you manage your diabetes. Every time a muscle moves (such as during resistance training), it uses the sugar that is in your blood. The more muscle you have on your body, the more sugar you use from your blood.  

The value of resistance training is that it:

  • helps to manage your blood sugar
  • increases your muscle
  • increases your strength
  • lowers your body fat
  • helps you live on your own for longer
  • makes everyday activities feel easier
  • helps make your bones stronger
  • helps make your joints stronger
  • improves your balance and reduces falls
  • improves your mood
  • improves your sleep
  • raises your self-confidence, self-image and quality of life
Last Reviewed: 10/16/2016