Staying Active with Diabetes

Exercising regularly has many benefits for everybody, especially for people diagnosed with diabetes. Adding physical activity to your routine may help you control your blood glucose levels, blood pressure and reduce “bad” cholesterol levels.

According to the CDC, experts suggest engaging in a moderate-intensity physical activity at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week. However, it is important to keep an open communication with your healthcare provider to find the right physical activity and intensity for you.

Tips to stay active

  • Start by doing an activity that you are comfortable with and enjoy (i.e., walking, dancing, gardening, swimming)
  • Don’t push yourself, do only what you can.
  • Aim to exercise 150 (2.5 hours) minutes total each week.
  • Find a rhythm that works for you. Maybe walking 15 minutes in the morning and then 15 minutes in the afternoon or joining a dance class 4 times a week.
  • Find a workout buddy.
  • Have fun!

Additionally, to help ensure your safety and positive results, be sure to:

  • Always check your blood sugar before and after a workout.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Carry a snack in case your blood sugar levels go down.
  • Carry identification that says you have diabetes.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and cotton socks.
  • Check your feet every day for sores, blisters, bruises or cuts. If they don’t go away within two days, talk to your doctor.

Staying active is very important to looking and feeling healthy. Regular exercise is a vital part of diabetes management and may help you reach your ideal weight goal, boost your energy levels and mood.

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For more general information, visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/beactive.html