Everybody should be doing some form of exercise whenever it is possible. If you have diabetes, there are even more reasons to exercise, as this will help you manage your disease, enabling you to stay in control.
Having said all this, it doesn’t mean that you have to do 4-5 hours of intense exercise every single day; most people would probably find that to be too much. The key is to exercise on a regular basis and gradually boost it up as your stamina and health improves.
As an example, you can start with a 15 minute walk each morning; that will get the blood circulating. Soon, you will have enough stamina to walk further and for longer, and so it goes. Walking is ideal because you can do it anywhere. Use the stairs at work instead of making use of the elevator. Park your car further from your office; this way, you will have to walk a bit more in order to get there.
Take your dog for a daily walk. As an alternative, go for a walk with a family member, neighbour or friend. Once you develop a routine, you will start to enjoy it, and your fitness level will improve. You will soon find it easier to breath and you won’t feel as tired as before.
Exercise also helps you control or lose weight, which definitely benefits diabetics, because it places less stress on the body and organs, allowing them to function much better. You will burn more body fat and create extra strength in your muscles and bones.
Exercise helps to boost your good cholesterol and reduce your bad cholesterol. It also decreases your blood pressure, which makes for a healthier heart. Your circulation will improve, reducing the risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
Regular exercise helps your body utilize insulin better, so your blood sugars are better controlled. It is a sure-fire way of helping you lower the stress levels and relax.
You can do all sorts of exercises, depending on what you like. Perhaps you would rather play a sport or go to the gym. Maybe you want to have some equipment at home and exercise in front of the TV.
It is essential to test your blood sugar levels before and after exercise, so you don’t have sudden drop in levels. Have some carbs and a sugary drink with you in case they are needed. If you exercise with others, let somebody know you have diabetes and tell them what to do if you can’t help yourself.
Make sure you wear good shoes that care for your feet while exercising or you could face other problems. Diabetics should, as a rule, be getting their feet checked regularly by a podiatrist to ensure there are no issues with their feet.
If you suffer any pain, dizziness or other symptoms while exercising, stop the activity until the symptoms go away. If they don’t go away, it is best to get in touch with your doctor.
It is important to talk to your doctor and/or specialists before starting any exercises, because your specific condition may require restricted exercises. It is always better to be safe than sorry.