Here are some great tips on being active with diabetes. It doesn’t take much, just determination and consistency and the next thing you know, you’re active! And feeling better all the while.
Ok? Let’s get to it!
How Much Activity?
Start by doing what you can do, and then look for ways to do more until you reach 150 minutes a week of activity. Find the time that works best for you to add up to 150
- 30 minutes at one time five times a week.
- 15 minutes at a time 10 times a week.
- 10 minutes at a time several times a day.
Do It Your Way
- Brisk walking is a great way to be active.
- Try dancing, gardening, following a video, or taking some sort of class.
- Be active with a friend or family member.
- Start with 10 minutes a day and build up over time.
- Check your blood sugar before you are physically active.
- Carry a snack with you in case your blood sugar goes too low.
- Carry identification that says you have diabetes.
- Wear shoes that fit well and are made for the kind of activity you do.
- Check your feet every day. Call your doctor or nurse if a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your feet or toes does not go away after 2 days.
Ask Your Doctor or Nurse
- What physical activities are safe for me?
- Are there any special things I need to do to protect my feet?
- Do I need to make any changes in my medicines before I raise my level of physical activity?
- Do I need to eat a snack before I’m active?
This helpful list was put together by The Centers for Disease Control. You can visit them at: www.cdc.gov