Activity and Diabetes
Physical activity is another key part of your diabetes care plan. Be sure to speak with your health care provider before beginning or changing your physical activity plan. When you’re adding physical activity to your routine, it’s okay to take your time. If you haven’t been active, start with 5 to 10 minutes a day and increase your activity a few minutes each week until you reach your goal. Your health care provider can help you create a physical activity plan that's right for you and help make sure your plan is safe.
Being Active Can Help You Lower Your Blood Sugar:
Physical activity may help clear sugar from your blood. Some people with type 2 diabetes with a physical activity program may be able to manage their blood sugar with less medicine. Make sure you follow up with your health care provider before beginning or changing any physical activity. Then follow up with him or her to see if any changes need to be made to your diabetes treatment.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), besides diabetes benefits, being active can also:
- Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
- Improve your heart health
- Burn calories to help you keep a healthy weight
- Increase your energy
- Help you sleep
- Relieve stress
- Improve blood circulation
- Strengthen your muscles and bones
- Keep your joints flexible
- Improve your balance to lessen the risk of falling