I've read that the kind of exercise that Judy is describing has residual effects on the blood sugar for hours afterward, but also if you test soon after exercising your blood sugar may be elevated as the body is using glucose for energy and it's circulating all over when you're testing then. That elevation is normal though and when you do regular exercise and cut down on the white food, then the A1c should be lower than it was before you started this change. I started strength training about
three years ago - and I think that's very important for women because stronger muscles help support the skeleton and that helps with balance. (Getting older can be a bummer
). Also, the more muscle you have, the better your body uses glucose for energy and guess who has more muscle naturally, men or women?
Anyway, I think you could try different times for doing your exercise and the other work around the house and then test and figure out what works best for you and your blood sugar. I believe the key is doing it on a regular basis, daily, every other day, cardio one day, strength training another day, etc. If you're game for challenges there are a few exercises online likes 100 squats, pushups, situps, etc. http://hundredpushups.com
. They have a schedule by week that you can print as you progress through them. I do them at my own pace in the evening.
One more thing that I've found is that my blood pressure and pulse rate has lowered because of the regular exercise and also the fact that I've lost weight.