If you have diabetes, there are a lot of things you have to pay special attention to in your daily life, and that includes exercise. It doesn't mean exercise has to be complicated, though. Here are three tips that are easy to implement in your daily life, courtesy of LIVESTRONG.com:
- Check your blood sugar levels right before and after exercising. If your blood sugar is below your normal range before a workout, eat 15 grams of fast-acting carbohydrates (e.g. an apple) and wait 15 minutes before checking your range again. Repeat the cycle until you are in normal range. If it is too high, have a protein-rich snack an hour before you start.
- You need to hydrate even more. Those with diabetes need to hydrate even more than normal recommendations.
- Walk after meals. Your muscles will use up glucose, which helps stabilize your levels.
By taking a few extra steps, you can reap the full benefits of exercise!
- Dan Mulcahey