Combining aerobic exercise and resistance training is the best workout you can do for many reasons, not just for contolling blood sugar according to everything I've read, so I'm not surprised by this study. I would like to add this, though. You shouldn't do resistance/weight training two days in a row because the muscles need the 48 hours to mend. Aerobic exercise doesn't have that restriction. If you plan to work with weights like dumb bells, barbells or the resistance machines, do it every other day. In between each set of those repetitions, you should wait about
a minute or two and not go on to the next right away. To get a really complete workout, you can do some weight/resistance sets and then maybe 5 minutes on a bike or treadmill, rest and then do some more weight/resistance sets. If you plan on an hour of that kind of exercise combo one day and then just aerobic the next day and then back to the weight/resistance plan the next, you'll really feel a big difference in energy. I started this kind of program back in January and work with a trainer. It's really important to understand what to do and what not
to do or you'll end up ruining your back, neck, etc. You don't need to have a trainer though. You can buy some dumb bells (or use soup cans!) and those rubber bands with handles. Put some cans in a plastic bag and lift them for strengthening your arms. (I was going to say 'put a bag of sugar or flour in the bag' but we don't have them in the house anymore, do we?
) There are lots of sources online for how to exercise with weights and bands. You can walk, run, march in place, climb up and down stairs, do jumping jacks for aerobics. The point is to do whatever movements you are able to do but to do
them. Sandy (gelchick) says to check out "chair dancing" websites for those who have limited mobility.