Friday, March 10, 2017

How To Help Control Diabetes With Regular Exercise

There are many health benefits to regular exercise and for a diabetic, it is also very important in managing diabetes.  Exercise can assist in controlling your blood sugar levels, which is essential in preventing long-term complications. 

Prior to setting up an exercise routine:

- Consult your physician
- Adjust your medication if needed
- Plan mealtimes
- Plan the time of day to exercise

Exercising at the same time of day for the same amount of time at the same level can make your blood sugar easier to control.  Make it part of your routine, fun and set attainable goals.

Consider activities you like or would like to do:

- Walking
- Jogging
- Swimming
- Yoga
- Dancing
- Spinning
- Tennis
- Basketball, etc. 

Start with walking if your current daily routine does not involve regular exercise and gradually increase your activity once your body adjusts.  30 minutes of aerobic exercise 3-5 times a week is a great start! Once your body is adjusted, add strength training.

Strength training helps the body respond to insulin, improving the way it uses blood sugar.  Begin lifting weights for 20-30 minutes a few times a week.  This will allow you to get the full benefits of strength training.  This along with aerobic exercise will help your overall health tremendously!

Don't forget to:
- Check your blood sugar before exercise
- Have a snack nearby  
- Work out with a friend
- Carry an ID Tag or wear a Medical Bracelet
- Wear comfortable shoes and socks
- Stay hydrated

Stick with your exercise plan.  Fit it into your daily schedule and make it work.  Stay motivated and committed.  Make it fun and challenging.  You will find that you will lose weight if that is your goal and it will make your body more efficient at using its insulin and glucose.  Happy exercising!

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read herein.

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