If you have diabetes, it is extremely important to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Following an exercise routine can help you stay in shape. If you have type 2 diabetes, your exercise routine should focus on maintaining a proper body weight. If you have type 1 diabetes, your workout goals may be a bit different, like finding exercises that work in conjunction with your insulin doses and diet.
Regardless of the type of diabetes you have, regular exercise is the key to achieving an overall healthy lifestyle. However, many people with diabetes don’t get enough exercise. Some develop an exercise routine that poses risks to their type 1 diabetes. Continue reading to learn how to avoid common workout mistakes people with diabetes often make.
Following an exercise routine can help your body lower your blood sugar levels naturally. Not only can you lose weight, but you will feel positive effects when it comes to your energy levels.
The best way to create workout goals that benefit your diabetes management is to stay regularly active and see how exercise affects your blood sugar levels. Some of the best exercises for diabetics include the following:
- Walking for 30 to 60 minutes three to four times a week can lower stress
- Dancing for 25 minutes three times a week can lower your blood sugar
- Swimming two to three times a week lowers cholesterol and gain muscle without stressing joints
- Biking 30 minutes three to five times a week reduces blood sugar and burns calories
Check your blood sugar before, during and after exercise. This will help you understand how your workouts are affecting your glucose level. Be sure to log your findings so that you can discuss them with your doctor.
Depending on your workout goals and results, your doctor may adjust your insulin schedule to ensure your levels are within normal range.
That is why it’s important to attend regular checkups with your doctor or team of healthcare professionals. Many people make the mistake of skipping their health checkups when they feel healthy. However, your doctor(s) may point out red flags that you could have missed.
Regular exercise is key. It’s important to understand how infrequent exercise could pose more of a risk to your health.
For instance, if you lead a sedentary (inactive) lifestyle and randomly decide to go for a long run, your body might react negatively to this sudden change. It can cause your blood sugar level to drop dangerously low, putting you at risk of passing out or worse.