Sounds like a great workout.

This is the part that sounded great and fun.

Countdown Workout
Perform 10 reps of a kettlebell (or dumbbell) swing
Without rest, do 10 reps of burpees
Still without resting, do 9 reps of the swings
Now do 9 reps of burpees

Continue this pattern until you do just 1 rep of each exercise, trying to rest as little as possible (or not at all) between moves.

A few of these drinks in the right serving size might provide that extra boost.

Drinks That Improve Your Workout

lower-blood-sugar-icon2For a long time, doctors advised people with diabetes against weight training. They believed that it made it worse but research now shows that it could help! The Life Science Institute researchers at the University of Michigan have found that resistance training helps to strengthen the white muscle, which helps to lower the blood sugar.


Why Did Doctors Believe the Opposite?


Before the study, there was the belief that the growth of white muscle would lead to more reliance on glucose. This, in turn, would keep the blood sugar levels high. Since there is more need for the energy, the body will release more of the insulin to try and keep it in check. This would make diabetes worse since there would be too much in the body.


Too much insulin causes a problem for the body. The cells cannot cope with the amount that is around the body and stops using it. As the cells stop being able to use the insulin, the blood sugar levels raise and diabetes becomes an issue.


The Difference Between Red and White Muscle


White muscle is developed during resistance training and sprint sessions while red muscle is developed during most cardio sessions. The red muscles use the mitochondria instead of glucose to help fuel the body, so not as much of the glucose is used up. When it comes to sprint training, around 20 times of the amount used in long distance running is used. While it may promote more insulin and glucose, it uses a larger amount, which helps to decrease the blood sugar levels.


The same happens with weight training. The muscles need the glucose to be able to expand and contract, so more is being used during the sessions.


Adding Weight Training to Your Workout


It is worth talking to your doctor about adding weight training to your workout to help control your diabetes and lower your blood sugar. The report from the Life Sciences Institute is still to be released so your doctor may not have heard of it yet. Avoid adding too much weight training at first to avoid injury. Let your body build up the strength to gain all the benefits.


Resistance training could really help to lower your blood sugar. However, it needs to be used with a healthy diet—it isn’t an excuse to eat anything you want!

lower-blood-sugar-icon2Weight Lifting and Diabetes – I have been using P90x for 9 months and my average morning blood sugar went from 240’s to 80’s. My experience and medical research are on the same page…”Medical science has well established the benefits of aerobic exercise for people with type 2 diabetes. Now, researchers believe that a diabetes and exercise plan also should include a regular weight-training routine. (The federal government recommends that all people, even those without chronic illness, strength train at least twice a week.) Strength training has been shown to improve the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and, when part of a workout plan that includes aerobics, can put the person with diabetes on the path to long-term good health.

Diabetes and Exercise: The Benefits of Strength Training

Studies have found that strength training can help people with diabetes by improving the body’s ability to use insulin and process glucose. This occurs because:

You experience an increase in lean muscle mass, which boosts your base metabolic rate and causes you to burn calories at a faster rate. Burning those calories helps keep your blood glucose levels in check.
The ability of your muscles to store glucose increases with your strength, making your body better able to regulate its blood sugar levels.
Your body fat-to-muscle ratio decreases, reducing the amount of insulin you need in your body to help store energy in fat cells.
Even better results have been observed when people with type 2 diabetes combine a weight training routine with regular aerobic exercise. The two forms of exercise work together to create better health benefits than either does on its own” more

Diabetes exercise video on youtube.