Saturday, March 21, 2009

Exercise Tips for Diabetics

Benefits and tips for exercise.

It is no secret that following a healthy diet and having an exercise plan has great health benefits regardless of your age, gender, or nationality. This is especially true in people that have been diagnosed with diabetes. Some of the benefits of exercise include lowering or maintaining blood sugar levels in those with type two diabetes. Exercise burns calories to maintain a healthy weight. It aids the body's response to insulin and can reduce the amount of medication needed to treat diabetes. Exercise can decrease cholesterol, blood pressure, stress, and the risk for heart disease. It can improve circulation which decreases the risk for amputation. Controlling your weight and sugar levels reduce the risk of having a stroke or a heart attack

To get the greatest benefits, you need to exercise at least three times per week for at least thirty to forty five minutes each session. You can split it up into two fifteen minute sessions, especially if you are just starting out. Start out slowly. Exercising at the same time every day helps to regulate the blood sugar levels. It is wise to keep snacks nearby or eat prior to exercising. Test your blood sugar level before, during, and after exercise. Try to avoid exercise if your sugar level is above 240. Pay attention to the way exercise makes you feel; you may need to sit down and rest or eat something high in carbohydrates if you begin to feel weak, faint, or dizzy. Always be cautious with your feet. Wear proper shoes every time you exercise. Check your feet and your shoes often, because diabetic patients do not heal as fast as non-diabetics. Because diabetics sometimes lose some of their sensations, they may not be able to tell if they are getting blisters or sores on their feet. Drink plenty of water or fluids, so that you do not become dehydrated. Know your limits and do not push yourself beyond those limits. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Always talk to your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise program or if you have any problems while dieting or exercising. It is great to exercise and follow a healthy diet, no matter who you are. Be smart about it, by paying attention to you body and your needs. It is okay to rest or to to eat during workout or exercise sessions. Do not over-do it. Get moving America; your body will thank you.


I really liked this post. I know when working out at kickboxing one day with my friend Wendy, I was having trouble because my left foot started going numb on me during the routine. It's always essential to aware and honest with yourself about what you can and cannot do when it comes to exercising. For those that don't like traditional exercising, you can read Some Workout Tips For Those Who Hate Exercising.

Hope y'all are having a great weekend!!!

1 comment:

  1. Great advice Cher! Even if we don't have diabetes, we should all pay attention to how we are feeling and get more in tune with what our body is telling us.. there is much we can learn if "we listen to our body"!


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