Exercise for diabetics: When you get moving, your body is better able to use insulin. This fall, get outside with a fun, flexible workout such as walking, swimming, or biking.
You should talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program. And always check your blood sugar before and after exercise. You may need to adjust your insulin or oral meds.
Here are some easy exercises for diabetics …
It’s easy, you can do it almost anywhere, and it’s a snap to get started. Buy a pair of comfortable exercise shoes with thick, flexible soles. Wear clothes made from synthetic fabrics to keep you dry and comfortable.
Your goal is 30 minutes a day for at least 5 days a week. If a long walk feels like too much, break it up into small chunks. If you’re new to exercise, start with 10 minutes.
This is a great choice if you have Neuropathie in your feet. “Biking delivers lower levels of pressure to the feet and helps increase blood flow to your legs,” she says.
All you need is a bicycle (any kind will do), comfortable clothes, and a good pair of closed-toed shoes.
Get on your bike and ride 10 to 20 minutes at a low to moderate pace. A flat surface is best if you’re just starting out. As you get more comfortable and feel stronger, gradually add more time, pick up your pace, and try some hills.
It’s an ideal cardio workout that doesn’t put pressure on your joints. Wear pool shoes to avoid slipping or scraping your feet.
Try swimming laps for 10 minutes. Take breaks between laps if you need them. You can also try a water aerobics class.
As you get stronger, add more laps. Aim for small increases of 10% to 15% each week or two. So if you start with 10 minutes, bump it up to 11 minutes after a week.
Collected by: Dr. Sara Bakhshaie