Hello all. Here in 1888 we don’t hear much about exercise and dangers of becoming a couch potato. From housework to farm work everything is pretty much labor intensive here.
Not so in 2011. Obesity has become a leading negative health factor, opening the way to other diseases such as heart, lung, and endocrine diseases such as diabetes.
Regular exercise is a key part of your diabetes treatment plan. For most people with type 2 diabetes, exercise helps keep blood sugars in a healthy range. Exercise may also: reduce stress, increase energy, increase strength and range of motion, help control blood pressure and cholesterol. It will also make your insulin work more effectively.
Choose an exercise you enjoy, make plans to include it in your day, and find an exercise buddy. If you haven’t exercised for a while start out slowly. Check with your doctor first. Adding a five minute walk to your day may be a good start. Work up to at least 30 minutes a day. I am not asking you to try out for the Olympics just add a little movement to your day.
Drink plenty of sugar free fluids like water. Check your blood sugar before and after you exercise since people with diabetes are at higher risk for a low blood sugar episode during, and several hours after exercise.
Wear good fitting shoes while exercising and check your feet before and after exercise.
Include a warm up and a cool down with each workout. Avoid intense workouts outdoors if it is humid, smoggy or cold. Water exercise is one of the best you can participate in.
There are several things you need to carry with you when you exercise. Phone numbers of family and doctors in case of an emergency. Make sure you have a cell phone or change to make a phone call. Blood sugar monitor, diabetes identification, something to treat a low blood sugar such as glucose tablets.
These are just a few extra reminders. I am off to horseback ride!
(Well, yeah the horse is the one exercising, but it does help keep my muscles supple! (laugh) Geri.
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