Tips for Staying Active with Diabetes
Physical activity is key for diabetics because it can help to control blood glucose, weight and blood pressure.
Exercising can also help raise “good” cholesterol and lower “bad” cholesterol. Furthermore, it can also help prevent heart and blood flow problems, reducing the risk of heart disease and nerve damage, which are often problems for people with diabetes.
Starting an Exercise Routine
Before starting any exercise routine, talk to your doctor and work with him or her to come up with an exercise plan that is right for you. Your doctor may check your heart and feet to be sure you have no special problems. It is also advised to see your doctor if you have high blood pressure or eye or foot problems as you may need to avoid certain kinds of exercise.
If you are not used to any kind of physical activity, you may want to start by doing a little bit of exercise and then build up your routine as you feel more comfortable. Try to add a few extra minutes to your physical activity as you become stronger. It is recommended that you try to do some physical activity every day. Walking 10 or 20 minutes each day is much better than walking one hour once a week.
Health experts recommend moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 30 minutes five days week. Some examples of moderate-intensity physical activity are walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming and bicycling. Do physical activities you will enjoy; do not force yourself to do something you hate. If you have fun, you are more likely to maintain your exercise routine. You can also bring more fun into your Continue reading