Did you know swimming is particularly effective at
lowering blood glucose levels?
Now that it's starting to warm up, it might be time to dust off
your cossies. If you're interested in an exercise that works almost
every muscle in your body, look no further than swimming.
Unlike cycling, walking or running, which target mainly the
muscles of the lower body and trunk, swimming uses almost all major
muscles in your body.
Better yet, swimming is a low-impact activity so can be
fantastic for arthritis and other conditions affecting the joints
where land-based exercises prove difficult.
Swimming is an effective aerobic exercise (working the heart and
lungs) and can be done in a variety of ways.
Start off with small sessions of laps, or join a local swim
squad. Increasing in popularity are swim fit groups where you do a
series of drills and strokes for fitness.
Another option is outdoor swimming if you are fortunate enough
to live close to the ocean or a lake.
Swimming is particularly effective at lowering blood glucose
levels because of the number of muscles activated which use up
glucose as a fuel source. Like anything, start off small and build
up gradually over time.
Check your blood glucose levels frequently to monitor the way
swimming affects you.
Some tips for swimming and diabetes:
- Swim with a friend if you experience hypo unawareness
(difficulty recognising a hypo)
- If you're new to swimming, check your blood glucose level
before and after to see how it affects your glucose levels
- If swimming in the ocean, protect your feet from any potential
rock or shell cuts with lightweight protective water shoes
- Talk to your health team about whether you will need to adjust
your insulin doses around swimming
Although traditionally a solitary exercise, there are now more
than 40 Masters Swimming Clubs operating from public pools
throughout Queensland. Masters Swimming
Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation with clubs
Its primary goal is to encourage adults 18 and over to swim
regularly for fitness, health, social interaction and competition
on local, state and international levels.
Masters Swimming is partnering with Diabetes Queensland to stage
swim-a-thon in pools around Queensland on Saturday, November
If you're interested in registering for the event,
or ring 1300 136 588.