In order to keep your diabetes under control, an exercise program is vital. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ʺexperts recommend moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 30 minutes on 5 or more days of the week.ʺ Or think of it as a total of 150 minutes or 2.5 hour per week. Moderate-intense exercise consists of swimming, cutting the lawn, bicycling, dancing or brisk walking.
The most important thing before you start any type of exercise program is to contact your doctor. Discuss with your doctor the best exercise program for you.
The hardest thing about any exercise program is your decision to make the commitment. Once you make the decision to commit to an exercise program, put it in the form of a written contract. Here is a sample contract for an exercise commitment.
Print out the contract, fill out the information and sign it. Finally, place your contract in a location where you will see it every day to remind you of your exercise commitment.
If you haven’t exercised in more than 30 days or if you are new to an exercise program, start slowly. You won’t have immediate results in one day. And, starting out slowly will lower your risk of burning out or becoming frustrated.
To monitor all of your health activities, blood glucose, A1C, etc., there is a free online program called Diabetes 24/7 https://247.diabetes.org/Default.aspx.
The program was developed by the American Diabetes Association and Microsoft’s HealthVault. You can log onto the program through your Facebook or Hotmail account. Also, you can set up a new account directly at the link above.
Before you start exercising, spend a few minutes stretching your muscles. Stretching will lower your risk of pulling a muscle and increase your flexibility. The American Diabetic Association recommends the following stretches:
DiabeticLifestyle recommended these fun exercise tips for diabetics:
• Try something new.