Exercise for Diabetics
Exercise is highly recommended for those with diabetes. By incorporating regular exercise with proper diet and medication, diabetics can significantly lower their weight and blood sugar. Committing to a workout routine may seem like a daunting task for some, especially if habitual exercise hasn’t been a part of their lives for many years.
The most important thing is not to get discouraged and to start out slow and easy while gradually increasing difficulty over time. Some recommendations might include some light cardiovascular exercises such as swimming or jogging.
When planning your exercise routine, you should prepare to stay active for at least 30 minutes. Whether you break up your routine into increments totaling 30 minutes, or exercise for a single stretch of 30 minutes, it is important to get your body in motion for at least the 30 minute mark.
One tip that might help diabetics to stick to an exercise regiment is working out with a friend. Studies have shown that having a buddy to help motivate, support, and exercise with you can increase the odds you will continue to commit to a routine of exercise.
Make sure to write down and keep a record of all the times you exercise and for how long. By keeping track of all the times you work out it should encourage you to continue down the road of regular exercise.
Another tip that might help to encourage diabetics as they are starting a workout routine is to keep up with their blood glucose testing. Improved results will show that they are making progress and can help to push them and encourage continued exercise.
Another helpful method is setting specific and realistic goals to reach. You should not set goals that are too high right away. You don’t want to get discouraged and give up just when you are starting out. By going slow and setting attainable goals at first, it should help you build up confidence to ease into more strenuous exercises, and most importantly stay committed to an exercise regimen.
It is essential to keep in mind that rushing into harder workouts quickly is not very helpful over the long run. What is important is that after a year or even a few years that you are still exercising regularly. The big picture, long-term goal is to create a behavior of consistent exercise that you are comfortable doing and sticking to.