"Because stress can make blood sugar levels rise, this can be a very important part of one’s regular schedule."
How to Dance for Optimal Health
In order to be most effective and healthy for someone with diabetes, dancing should be done at the same time each day for the same length of time. Cardiovascular workouts should be done five times per week to be most effective as well. A consistent schedule is important for someone with diabetes. However, strength training work outs should only be done three times per week. They should also be done on a consistent schedule that’s coordinated with the dancing schedule for added strength on the dance floor.
Strength building workouts are good for controlling blood sugar levels, but someone with diabetes shouldn't lift heavy weights. This is to protect against sudden high blood pressure. Instead, he should lift smaller weights with greater repetitions.
According to Dr. Melina Jampolis, a diet and fitness expert for CNN Health, "Numerous studies have shown that regular exercise improves blood sugar control and decreases insulin resistance, a condition that can lead to diabetes over time. While the results are even better when accompanied by fat loss, you can still benefit significantly from engaging in regular exercise."
Other Benefits of Exercise for the Diabetic
Exercising regularly often results in weight loss. Since carrying excess weight can be a contributing factor to diabetes complications, dancing frequently can be a double blessing in the efforts to control your diabetes. Dancing can also improve circulation, especially in your arms and legs. Those suffering from diabetes often need this, and it can help prevent further problems in that area.
Diabetics are more likely than other individuals to suffer from hypertension. Regular dance workouts or other form of cardiovascular workouts are a primary measure of reducing one's risks for hypertension. Furthermore, exercise can also lower cholesterol, and that reduces one's risks for heart attack or stroke.
Dancing regularly is also a great stress reducer. Because stress can make blood sugar levels rise, this can be a very important part of one’s regular schedule.