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Finding a Diabetes Exercise Plan That's Right For You

February 1, 2020

Exercising is an effective way to prevent and control diabetes. It can help you achieve a healthier weight and reduce your blood sugar levels. Developing a diabetes exercise plan also makes you less susceptible to heart disease, a condition that commonly affects diabetics, as well as enhances your overall health.

It is essential that you select a type of exercise that suits your individual health condition, because some exercises will do more harm than good if you are suffering from certain conditions. The best thing to do is to get advice from your doctor. Doctors usually recommend aerobic exercise, a form of exercise that requires you to breathe deeply and work your heart harder. There are many different types of aerobic exercise that you can do, and they include walking, jogging, cycling, and aerobic dance.

Physical Activity Guidelines

Before you begin exercising, you must do some warming up first. Start by doing an easy exercise, such as walking, for 5 to 10 minutes, and then, some gentle stretching exercises for the same period of time. After you have finished exercising, do the same warm up exercises to cool down. In the beginning of your exercise program, you should just go slow. You can increase the intensity and duration of your workout gradually as you become fitter. Remember to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your exercise sessions.

It is important to check your blood sugar levels before you start exercising, especially on unusually hot or cold days. This will help prevent potentially dangerous fluctuations of blood sugar  If you are suffering from diabetes and you need advice on exercise, feel free to contact one of our physicians.

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