Diabetes exercise guidelines to follow

Diabetes exercise guidelines 2

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 Diabetes exercise guidelineswhat 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Take it easy if you are just starting out and build up slowly.
  3. Get medical advice before you commence especially if you have had any diabetic complications previously.
  4. Carry some jelly beans with you when you exercise in case you have a hypo.
  5. Check your blood sugar BEFORE you start any rigorous exercise.
  6. 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 –

  • Diabetes exercise guidelines 2Improved 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.

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  1. Rhett

    Hi Ben
    You did a great job with the content! ALOT of very good and informative information! Never knew about the jelly bean thing..LOL. I don’t have diabetes, but I too am having a very hard time with getting into a habit of exercising everyday after having both knees replaced.
    Did either of your parents have diabetes? Is it hereditary? Once you have it….. you have it for life…can it just go dormant?
    I have a friend that was just told that they may have diabetes and are getting to do a bunch of tests

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Unfortunately once you have diabetes, you have it for life. Unless they come up with some sort of cure such as this http://healthybloodsugars.com/latest-treatment-for-diabetes-bacteria-killing-protein . Good luck with your knees and good luck to your friend.

  2. JP

    I know several people who are suffering or who have suffered from high blood sugar or diabetes, and I know that it’s really hard later on when these people have to refrain from the stuff they used to love, but i really like what you are doing with your site and how you want to help people our!

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Thanks JP. Yes it does have big ramifications later in life. Hopefully they find a cure for sufferers. There is some interesting stuff in the pipeline such as this http://healthybloodsugars.com/latest-treatment-for-diabetes-bacteria-killing-protein

  3. Calvin

    Hey Ben. A great post on exercise. I know that there are a lot of concerns with diabetes. I never thought that exercise could help so much. It nice to see a person really advocating for people struggling with this disease.

    I also think that slot of people could benefit from you this information. I know that type 2 diabetes can be devolved later in life. Is exercise a way to help prevent that?

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Calvin. I think exercise is a good way to counter any disease later in life. It can definitely help you fight the chances of becoming diabetic but for an actual diabetic you definitely need to exercise to manage your blood sugar levels. Diet is probably more important but exercise is great for your heart and other vital organs and makes you feel great afterwards.


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