We’re all becoming increasingly aware of the importance of exercise for maintaining optimal health and wellness. However, for those with Type 2 Diabetes, exercise is not just important, it’s essential. Together medication and a healthy diet, regular exercise is critical for keeping blood sugar low and controlling your weight. It also helps builds muscle strength, lowers blood pressure, cuts bad cholesterol and improves blood circulation along with providing a wide variety of other benefits. If you have Type 2 Diabetes and are looking to add regular exercise to your routine, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR: Before you start any sort of fitness or exercise routine, it’s important to speak with your doctor to avoid any possible complications.
- START SLOW: If you’re not currently exercising, it’s best to start slow and give your body time to adjust.
- CHOOSE ENJOYABLE ACTIVITIES: You’re much more likely to stick to an exercise routine if you enjoy wha you’re doing so make sure you build your routine around those activities.
- SET SMART GOALS: Setting SMART goals (specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and time bound) and working towards them is a great way to stay motivated. For some people, sharing these with others can make all the difference between success and failure.
- HAVE A SET SCHEDULE: Doing something regularly creates a habit which reduces the amount of motivation required to stay on track and, ultimately, helps ensure success.
- TRACK YOUR PROGRESS: Keeping track of your activity level and your progress will help to keep you motivated towards achieving your goals.
- CONSIDER AN EXERCISE BUDDY: Some people are far more likely to stick to an exercise routine if there’s someone else involved. If you’re one of those people, try to find an exercise buddy to help make the experience more social and to help keep you motivated.
- STAY HYDRATED: Make sure that you drink plenty of water before, during and after your exercise. Dehydration is a very real condition that can ultimately derail your efforts.
- TEST YOURSELF REGULARLY: Check with your doctor to see if you should test your blood sugar before, during and after you exercise. You’ll likely want to just to be safe.
- KNOW WHEN TO STOP: Mild soreness often comes with exercising, but if you experience any sharp or sudden pains, you should stop immediately. If the pain persists, consult your doctor.
If you’re you have Type 2 Diabetes and are looking to incorporate regular exercise you’re your routine but aren’t sure how to get started, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Remember, at Physiomed, Heathier Starts Here.