There are some important diabetes exercise guidelines to follow, especially if you are new to the world of exercise. Exercise is one of the most crucial parts of any diabetic’s lifestyle. It is almost as important as your diet. Diet is probably slightly more important but it is vital that you get active if you are a diabetic. Having a good diet combined with appropriate levels of exercise will help you live life to the fullest.
Get into the habit
I am into a habit/ routine of exercise. They say that new habits are formed after 30 days of action. For some it is going to be very hard, I get that. But after 30 days of continuous action I guarantee, it will become easier for you to take action than to not. I make sure that I am doing something at least 4 times a week. I choose to go to the gym at lunchtime as that is what suits me. In fact I am now at the point where if I don’t go to the gym at lunchtime I really don’t know what to do with myself. Some prefer going for a run or going to the beach before work while others like to do something like a dance class after school/ work. It is entirely up to you.
Diabetes exercise guidelines
Before you get started on a new exercise regime there are some important diabetes exercise guidelines to follow.
- Taking care of your feet. Make sure that you have comfortable and well-fitting shoes. Diabetics are very susceptible to problems with their feet – read this article for more information. It is essential that you take care of them and check them regularly.
- Take it easy if you are just starting out and build up slowly.
- Get medical advice before you commence especially if you have had any diabetic complications previously.
- Carry some jelly beans with you when you exercise in case you have a hypo.
- Check your blood sugar BEFORE you start any rigorous exercise.
- Adjust your insulin as the benefits of exercise will lower your blood sugar for hours after you have finished exercising
The benefits of regular exercise
In case you have been living under a rock all your life here is a short list of the benefits of regular exercise –
- Improved mood from increased endorphins released in your brain.
- Reduces stress
- Lose weight. You maximise your weight loss if you combine regular exercise with a healthy diet.
- Insulin works better in the body
- Lowers stress and blood pressure
Hold yourself accountable
Hold yourself accountable for your exercise. Get a trainer if you think that will help. Try giving a friend or a colleague $500 and tell them they can keep the money if you don’t go to the gym 4 times a week for 1 month. Take up golf or karate if you have always wanted to try. Go for walks with your partner (it will be amazing what you will talk about). The important thing is to stick at whatever it is you do. This is not like the latest fad diet that you stick to for a few weeks, lose a few kilos and then give up. This is a regime for life.
Diet is king as far as I am concerned but the prince is definitely exercise. It really does get the body functioning in an optimal way. You will find that your diabetes medication will lessen as you naturally burn off more sugar by exercising. Let me know what exercises you do by commenting below.