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7 Tips for Exercise When You Have Diabetes

Jan 23, 2008
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with diabetes, you need to understand that while there is a change in lifestyle, it is not the end of the world! There are plenty of tips and tricks to managing your diabetes, and just by keeping them in mind, you can make sure that your life runs as smoothly as ever. Take a look at a few exercise tips that were made for people with diabetes.

1. Check with a doctor.

If you have not exercised in a long time, or you are just not sure where to start, begin by going to the doctor! They can suggest some ways for you to ease into the process without getting frustrated. Remember that exercise is cumulative and the more you do, the more you'll be able to do.

2. Start slow!

Don't worry about hitting the gym and being a star. If you've been out of the game for a while, start with something simple. Remember that you can always speed things up, but that if you pull something and are laid up for a while, you'll be even further behind.

3. Explore low-impact alternatives

Many people feel that they can't exercise due to the fact that they have weak or troubled joints. Actually, with activities like swimming or underwater aerobics, you'll find that you're in a great situation to have your joints supported while still getting a workout that will make you sweat!

4. Stretch!

This is all information we learn when we're taking grade school gym, but in many ways, a good warm up session will make make the whole workout more enjoyable for you. You can ease into the harder stuff without fear of straining anything and you'll be able to avoid some of the most common workout problems.

5. Beware of high blood pressure

If you have diabetes, your blood pressure is going to be one of your serious concerns, so be aware of it. Be careful of lifting heavy weights and if necessary, speak with your doctor about where you should start, where you want to be, and what is safe when it comes to weight lifting.

6. Safety first.

Whether you work out at gym, in your home or you simply take long walks, it is imperative that you wear an ID bracelet or dog tag stating that you have diabetes. If you have an injury or develop a problem while working out, this is the best way to alert any rescuers to your needs.

7. Be patient with yourself

If you have a health issue like diabetes, don't be surprised if you find that your workout progression is slower than that of other people. Take your time and remember that every little bit of improvement is significant.
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