How to Exercise When You Have Diabetes
Exercise is important no matter who you are. It keeps us fit and in good shape, not to mention that it improves our health. But when you have diabetes it seems the rules change a little when it comes to working out. This is not to say that you should not work out, it simply means that you need to do things a little differently than the average bear. By combining aerobic and resistance exercises you will be able to burn calories and fat, improve the health of your heart and keep your glucose level under control. It can even be done in the comfort of your own home.
One of the first things that you want to do is check with your doctor to find out the type of exercise plan that you should be on. While you are working out you should make sure that you keep some hard candy or perhaps some glucose gels or tablets just in case your blood sugar level decides to take a dip. Wearing the correct apparel such as shoes that fit and socks that are synthetic will help get your skin safe. Of course drinking plenty of water before, during and after your workout is also a big plus. This can keep you from sweating too much.
For many the idea of getting a gym membership is not the ideal thing. Time may be a factor, money could also come into play or perhaps you just do not enjoy the idea of going to one. Do not worry however, as you can get the exercise that you need without ever stepping foot into a weights room or fitness studio. Try simple everyday things such as going for a walk (take the dog for an extra long one once a day) or you could go with a friend. Working in the yard such as mowing the lawn or doing a little gardening are also great forms of exercise. Perhaps you could do something fun such as take up ballroom dancing lessons. These are all great ways to get and stay in shape.
There are many ways that you can make the average everyday chore more fun and a great workout. For example, you can put on some music and dance and sing around the house while you are cleaning and use a broom as your dance partner. Yes, your neighbors may think that you are a little off but it can be a lot of fun for you, make the time go by faster and will help you to get fit too.
Whether you like to go roller skating, take a walk after you have dinner, go dancing with your friends, take the steps instead of the elevator or just walk around the house while you are talking on the phone, these are all methods that you can use to exercise. You do not have to use weights or gym equipment to reach your goals. By simply eating a healthy diet and throwing in 30 minutes of movement a day you can achieve your ideal weight and help to keep your diabetes under control.
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