Diabetes can have serious complications such as extremity problems, eye disease, and kidney disease. Exercise can help lower blood glucose levels and manage your Diabetes. But exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are a few fun ways to get moving!
- Make a splash! Get swimming. Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise with low impact so you can give your joints a break. Cardiovascular exercise helps reduce the risk of heart disease, something that is common among people with Diabetes. By strengthening large muscle groups in your body, you can efficiently absorb blood sugar. But remember, start your new exercise routine slowly and gradually work your way up.
- Lace up your shoes and take a stroll! Walking is a great exercise to relieve stress. The best part about walking, is that it can be done anywhere without equipment. It is recommended you walk between 30 minutes to an hour most days of the week. You can even break up your walks: take the dog for a stroll in the morning, walk with a co-worker at lunch, and take a tour of the neighborhood after dinner. Walking will improve your cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles, and manage your blood glucose.
- What is an exercise buffet? Pick and choose your exercises! You want to keep your body guessing and your mind from becoming bored. Cross training programs include a lot of aerobic exercise and routines that work different muscle groups. Many people do one routine Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and a completely different one Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Examples of cross training are swimming, biking, dancing, hiking, running, ice skating, and climbing stairs.
The key to any exercise program is to enjoy it. If you are bored or unhappy with your exercise routine, it will become more of a chore than a fun activity. It helps to get friends and family involved for support. So whether you’re swimming, walking, or ice-skating your way to a healthier you, be safe and have fun!