Exercise for diabetics: that’s a big question! Luckily we have some answers.
The important thing to remember when choosing your exercise is that it has to be sustainable! One of the most important factors to good diabetic control is exercise, and it’s important that whatever you choose is something you’re not going to get tired of – something that will keep you engaged.
Exercise for diabetics
Opinions differ on what is the best kind of exercise for diabetics, but it depends a lot on your lifestyle. Do you have a lot of time, or can you only spare half an hour a day? Are you a fan of going to a gym, or are you more of an outdoors person? Do you want to exercise in a group or team, or are you happier going solo? Are you comfortable doing something high impact that will have a dramatic effect on your blood sugar, or would you rather play it safe and do something less strenuous that also offers a lower level of fitness?
Once you have these answers, you can start narrowing down what kind of sport you like doing. In general, doctors recommend something low impact like swimming or walking as it gradually burns calories and lowers blood sugar slower than more energetic sports like soccer or dancing. That said, any exercise can be tailored to fit your diabetic regime – just chat to your biokineticist or doctor about how to manage it.
Some ideas to get you started:
10 fun ways to fitness: easy ways to get fit
Dance your way to fitness today with these great ideas for diabetic exercise.
Excellent group exercise ideas (plus tips from a biokineticist to start!)
Easy 20 minute workouts: it’s possible to get fit from 20 minutes a day!
The goal is 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week – entirely possible if you know how to plan your time well!
What kind of exercise do you do? Tell us on Diabetic South Africans, or comment below…