When you have Type 2 diabetes, exercise is an important part of managing your condition. Alongside proper nutrition and medication management, exercise can help you regulate your blood sugar. However, particularly if you live a sedentary lifestyle, incorporating exercise into your routine may be daunting. At Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale, we understand your hesitation, and want to reassure you that it is perfectly possible to ease yourself into an exercise routine that works for you. Here are our Type 2 diabetes exercise tips:
Think outside the box
Developing an exercise routine does not mean that you have to hit the gym every day. If the gym isn’t your jam, think about other physical activities that you enjoy. Walking, swimming, dancing, sports, and yoga are examples of great forms of exercise that don’t involve a treadmill. If it gets your heart rate up, it counts!
Consult your doctor
Before starting an exercise routine, you should talk to your doctor at Men’s Vitality Center first. We can ensure that you are ready for the type of exercise you wish to do, and help you balance your diet and medication with your new routine.
Monitor your blood sugar
It is a good idea to check your blood sugar before and after your workout. If you are exercising for more than an hour, you should also check your blood sugar during your workout.
Don’t forget carbs
It is a good idea to always have some sort of carbohydrate-filled snack with you, such as dried fruit or fruit juice, just in case your blood sugar gets low.
As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. In the same sense, you aren’t going to go from inactive to triathlete overnight. Give yourself some time to ease into regular exercise. Start by working out for ten minutes every day, then slowly work yourself up to 30 minutes of activity every day.
Incorporate strength training
Building muscles can be very helpful for controlling your blood sugar. Try incorporating some sort of strength training into your workout routine at least twice a week. You may try doing bodyweight exercises, such as push-ups, crunches, squats, or lunges, or lifting weights.
Make exercise part of your routine
The most important thing for your health is that you remain consistent with your exercise, eating habits, and medication schedule; therefore, you should schedule your exercise in a way that keeps with your routine to prevent hypoglycemia.
Get a buddy
A workout buddy can make a big difference for your workout routine. First of all, having a buddy establishes accountability; you are more likely to workout if you know someone is counting on you. Additionally, having a buddy who knows about your diabetes and knows how to handle it if your blood sugar gets too low is an invaluable resource. Finally, having a workout buddy simply makes exercise more fun!
Care for your feet
Be sure to get the right type of athletic shoe for the exercise you choose. For example, use running shoes, not tennis shoes, to provide proper foot support when you run. Additionally, clean and check your feet every day. If you notice any foot problems, contact your physician.
When you have Type 2 diabetes, exercise can help you lower your blood sugar and lose weight. If you need help with diabetes management, Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale can help. Contact us today!