We all want to stay active, but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and lose interest. Or, to push too hard and get hurt. That’s why it’s important to keep your routine fresh and safe. Trying new activities can help keep your exercise plan interesting and fun.
Before starting a physical activity or exercise program, talk to your diabetes care teamDiabetes care teamYour diabetes care team may include: a primary care doctor, a diabetes and hormone doctor (endocrinologist), a registered nurse, a diabetes educator, a dietician, a heart doctor (cardiologist), a foot doctor (podiatrist), an eye doctor (ophthalmologist/optometrist), a kidney doctor (nephrologist), a dentist, a pharmacist, and a mental health professional. and get a medical evaluation if they feel it is needed. A thorough evaluation can help them create an activity program just for you that provides the best results with the lowest risk.
Be sure to ask your doctor about how to treat low blood sugar. If you feel shaky, sweaty, dizzy or have other signs and symptoms of low blood sugar, tell your doctor how often these things happen. They may need to change your diabetes care plan.
How do you get started?
Try stretching and balance movements. They’re a great place to start. They’re simple and help keep joints flexible, reduce the risk of injury, and help you get ready for other activities like walking or swimming. Low impact activities include:
Also, remember these safety tips for physical activity:
Play it safe
If you already have some long-term diabetes-related health problems, you really do need to be careful. It doesn’t mean that you should not exercise, or that it won’t help you. It’s just that you need to talk with your diabetes care team first.
The ADA has some suggestions for exercise if you have certain diabetes-related health problems.
Please talk to your doctor about these and other diabetes-related issues.
Stand up for your feet!
Everyone should take care of their feet, but it’s especially important for people with diabetes. High blood sugar can cause damage to the nerves in your feet (called neuropathyNeuropathyOr diabetic neuropathy. A type of nerve damage caused by high blood sugar, often causing pain and numbness in the legs, feet, and other areas. ), which can be painful or can reduce feeling in the feet. This can be a big problem because you may injure yourself and not know it right away. Remember to:
For more help, download Cornerstones4Care’s Foot Care for People with Diabetes.
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For some people. Your doctor will just want to make sure your blood sugar levels are in a safe range. They may suggest that you check right before and right after physical activity. Physical activity may help lower your blood sugar for up to 24 hours after activity.
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