Exercise is an excellent tool for anyone managing diabetes. Did you know diabetes puts you at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease? On a positive note, if you have diabetes and choose to exercise regularly, the exercise alone cuts the risk for cardiovascular disease.
Here are some exercise tips for managing diabetes and weight loss:
Tip 1: Log your glucose. If need be, check your blood glucose before and after exercise, then write it down along with the type of exercise you’re doing. You’ll notice patterns that help you better understand how exercise affects your body.
Tip 2: Exercise for dessert. The best time to work out seems to be after your meal. Instead of sitting in front of the TV or computer screen, lace up your shoes and go for a walk.
Tip 3: Beat the clock. If you are short with time, break up your exercise routine. Plan for 10 or 15 minutes in the morning, then another 10 or 15 minutes in the evening. In addition, you may want to try interval training or circuit training. Interval training is alternating between short bursts of intense exercise and short periods of rest and circuit training is when you move quickly through eight to 10 exercises that alternate muscle groups.
Tip 4: Carry a snack. Always be prepared with a healthy snack before and after exercise. If your blood glucose is less than 100 mg/dL before you exercise, eat a snack. It is recommended to eat 15 grams of carbohydrates for every 30 minutes of exercise.
Tip 5: Strive for a healthy mix. To maximize the benefits of exercise, it is recommended that you do a mix of cardio and strength training. Aim for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Strive to do five days of cardio and add strength training at least twice a week.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s plan for daily exercise while managing our diabetes, healthy lifestyle, and our weight loss journey.