Using Exercise to Manage and Control your Diabetes

Kozzi-young-woman-doing-sport-in-gym-883-X-588Two of the most important things that you can do for your diabetes are to have the proper diet and to get the right amount of exercise. When it comes to taking care of your health and your lifestyle, these two components can make all the difference in the world. There are many different reasons why you should exercise in order to keep your diabetes under control. Obesity is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to diabetes, and keeping your weight under control is something that you need to work on. A healthy weight is a good weight when you are diabetic.

Why is exercise so important when it comes to controlling your diabetes? 1) It helps you to maintain a healthy weight; 2) it helps your body respond better to insulin, thereby keeping your blood glucose levels under control; 3) it gives you better blood circulation in your extremities; 4) it helps you to control high blood pressure and high cholesterol; and 5) it reduces your stress level and lowers the risk for heart disease.

When you take all of this into consideration, you can see that exercise does much more than just keep your weight under control and help you to look good. It fights the disease head on. If you are not sure how to even begin an exercise program, there are many ways to get back into shape.

For someone that is just getting started, it is important to start out slowly so your body can work up to it. It is also important to speak with your doctor about the types of exercises that you can do, because your health condition and how you maintain your diabetes will play a role in the amount and types of exercises that you can do. No matter what type of plan you decide to go with, be sure that you are wearing comfortable clothes and shoes that fit properly.

Beginning exercises to help build up your body are swimming, walking and even riding a bike when the weather is nice. They are all low impact, easy on the body and perfect for starters. Over time, work your way up to longer intervals and perhaps add some speed walking or even jogging into your regular walk. Keeping your program low impact is important for protecting your body as well as keeping your blood pressure levels down. Lifting weights (heavy) can cause your pressure to shoot through the roof, and this can hurt your blood sugar levels and bring on medical conditions that you are trying to avoid. Your doctor will be able to help determine how often and how long your should exercise.

Starting out slowly is the key, but working your way up to at least 30 minutes a day 3 days a week should be your goal for a plan. You should always keep a snack handy just in case your feel your blood sugar or pressure start to drop or rise. If you feel yourself getting sick, it is important to stop, take your medication and eat something.

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