Final Recommendations About Exercising
Remember that exercising is very beneficial and fun. Exercising is an activity that can be done calmly and safely, as long as you keep the following recommendations in mind:
- Choose a safe and easy to do physical activity that you enjoy. Walking is a good option.
- Use the right equipment to perform any physical activity. If you’re walking or running, use cotton socks and a pair of shoes that’ll fit comfortably.
- Check your feet before and after exercising, to check for cuts, blisters, or redness.
- Begin to exercise slowly, and gradually increase the duration of the physical activity.
- Exercise every day, preferably at the same time, and with the same intensity and duration.
- Check your blood glucose levels before and after exercising, especially when you exercise more than usual.
- If your blood glucose level is above 240 mg/dl, check your urine ketone content. If you have ketones, don’t exercise until the situation is well controlled.
- Always carry fast absorption glucose sources (sweets, sugary drinks, chocolates, etc.) to counteract a possible Hypoglycemia.
- Drink a lot of water before, during, and after exercising.
- Try to exercise with somebody else who knows of “your condition” and knows what to do in case of a Hypoglycemic episode.
- Carry a phone card or cell phone for emergencies.
- If you start feeling pain on your chest or legs, stop exercising and call your doctor.
- Walking every day can be a relaxing social activity. You can enjoy the company of others, while doing a physical activity that provides several benefits.
Exercise is a very important element for the treatment and good control of Diabetes. Some people with Type 2 Diabetes (non-insulin dependent), can control their blood sugar levels very well simply through diet and exercise. If a person with Diabetes needs medication, (oral hypoglycemic agents or insulin), exercise will be of great help to keep glucose levels under control.