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Managing Diabetes With Exercise

While it’s no secret that everyone needs exercise to get the most out of life, there are some special requirements and necessary precautions that diabetics need to take into account in order to maximize their fitness journey. Read on for a few tips on how to up your fitness game.

Visit your doctor
We’ve said this before because it cannot be said enough. Consult a professional to make sure that it’s safe for you to work out, and to be aware of what your limits are.

Find out what you enjoy
Have you been meaning to attend a yoga class? Or have you always wanted to lift weights? They say that half the fun of the journey is getting to the destination. Embrace and love the exciting expedition you’re about to embark on!

Check your blood glucose levels
Check your levels before, during and after working out. Your doctor will be able to give you the lowdown on how regularly you should do this.

Keep carbs on hand
Since your blood glucose levels are very likely to drop during exercise, it’s a good idea for you to have a compact, carbohydrate-rich snack, like a piece of fruit, on hand. You know, just in case.

Take it easy
If you do not exercise regularly your fitness journey is bound to pose some challenges. Don’t over-estimate yourself; start out slowly – say with 10 – 20 minutes of low-intensity exercise, such as walking – and gradually increase the intensity and timespan of your workout.

Get a fitness buddy
Exercise with someone who is aware of your diabetes. Doing so has the benefit of, firstly, having someone by your side to keep you motivated and, secondly, someone to effectively assist you in case of an emergency.

Adjust your lifestyle accordingly
Get into the habit of regularly working out, following a healthy, diabetes-conscious diet, taking your diabetes treatments at the prescribed times and staying positive.

author: Zone Fitness