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How to Start Exercising with Diabetes

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The fall is a great time to get out and be active—the temperature is often very pleasant, the colors are brilliant and in Richardson, TX, there is a lot to do. If you like to walk, hike, or bike, there are 40 miles of trails and walkways combined in the Galatyn Woodland Preserve, Breckinridge Park, and the Spring Creek Nature Area. If you have a condition such as diabetes, exercise is more than just a fun hobby—it is essential to your overall health. If you have been recently diagnosed and are a rookie in the world of physical activity, we can offer some helpful tips on how to start exercising.

When it comes to managing diabetes, exercise shares the top of the list with a healthy diet and glucose level monitoring. Besides improving your overall fitness and helping you maintain a healthy weight, it helps lowers your glucose levels. Physical activity increases your sensitivity to insulin, which allows the cells in your body to better use it during and after activity.

The first step is to check with your doctor to find an exercise program that is suitable for you. Safety is key—find out if any medications you’re on could react to the new exercise. If you have diabetic eye disease, some exercises could actually make your eyes worse.

Always check your blood sugar before exercise and start out slow. If you are just walking, go for five to 10 minutes. Work up to a quick pace for 30 to 45 minutes and aim to go at least five days a week. Drink plenty of water and check your levels during a workout, if it is longer than 45 minutes. Keep a small carbohydrate snack with you in case your levels get too low. Make sure you always check your levels again when you’re cooling down. Exercise can keep your sugar levels low for up to 12 hours.

If you need diabetic foot care or have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact Richardson Podiatry Associates in Richardson, TX. You can request an appointment with Dr. Gene Reister by calling us at (972) 690-5374.

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