Exercising Safely With Diabetes

April 24, 2013

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Exercise is an important part of taking care of your health. When you have been diagnosed with Diabetes, it can become difficult to find workouts and exercises that are both safe and effective to keep you healthy. With this list, you will find tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your exercise time while still keeping yourself safe.
Be Active
If you are looking for a way to dip your toes into exercise while you have Diabetes, one of the best ways you can do so is by being active in your day to day life. These little additions to your day will add up, helping you to burn calories and feel better. Little things like parking further away at the grocery store or taking the dog for a walk are a solid foundation for getting the exercise you need safely.

Break It Up
If you find that you are having trouble completing your daily 30 minutes of exercise in one stretch, then you can break them up. You can do simple things like taking three 10 minute walks, or even going up and down the stairs for 5 minutes six times a day. This way you are still getting your daily allotment of exercise without risking your health or feeling overwhelmed.

Check Your Blood Sugar
Blood Sugar Perfection
Before any sort of exercise, it is always important to check your blood sugar level. If you are suffering from Type I Diabetes, it is not safe for you to exercise when you have ketones in your blood stream. The times that you are most likely to have ketones in your blood stream is when your blood sugar is too high.

If you have Type 2 Diabetes and your blood sugar is high, light exercise may help you to lower your blood sugar. It is important to talk to your doctor to ask at what level it is safe to exercise to lower your blood sugar without putting yourself at risk. This can give you easy to follow guidelines when it comes to exercise, as something as simple as a brisk walk may help to lower your blood sugar.

As will all exercise routines, it is important to talk to your doctor before you work out. This is especially true if you are suffering from Diabetes. Your doctor can help you to build the right fitness routine for you.

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