For those of us with diabetes, there are a number of lifestyle factors that can help us fight this disease. Maintaining a healthy diet is certainly one step. Taking medications as prescribed is another. Physical activity also helps.
Physical activity can play an important role in managing your diabetes. It may also help to improve your health. This doesn't mean that you need to start running marathons. Exercise at a level that is appropriate for you. Follow your doctor’s recommendations.
Did you know exercise can help you control the levels of glucose in your blood?1 It also can help with other things:2
When beginning an exercise routine, the best place to start is with your doctor. He or she knows your overall health situation and can recommend exercises that are beneficial to you and at your activity level. While exercise has many benefits, avoid overdoing it, which may lead to hypoglycemia, a condition that’s caused by low blood sugar.3
When starting an exercise routine, start slowly, keep it simple, and make it fun.
If you take on an exercise routine that you don’t enjoy, you may not stick with it. Think about activities you like. Golfing? Walking? Stretching? You know your favorite workouts. If you can join a local group and take lessons or compete in a league, you may have fun socializing while exercising. Family and friends may also make your workouts more enjoyable.
Whatever type of exercise you choose, make it fun. Enjoy!
This material is intended for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. You should consult with your doctor.