Research in the Internal Journal of Cardiology showed that in people with type 2 diabetes, strength training can be more beneficial to blood sugar regulation than cardio.
Strength training relies primarily on the body’s glycolytic, or glucose using, metabolic system for energy.
“As we go through a strength-training workout, we use stored muscle glycogen for fuel,” explains Nick Occhipinti, an exercise physiologist.
“Once this stored muscle glycogen runs out, we start to mobilise extra glycogen from the liver and from the blood.
“This helps to directly decrease blood glucose as well as deplete stored muscle and liver glycogen stores, giving blood glucose a place to go next time we eat.”