Physical Fitness Tips for Diabetic Patients

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Published on September 10th, 2014 | by Joan Makai

When physical fitness comes to mind, there is the notion that food and exercise should work together hand in hand. This idea is actually true especially for overweight patients diagnosed with diabetes. As a diabetic patient, you can live a normal life by doing three important things: follow the correct pyramid of food variants, engage in exercise and visit your doctor regularly. With proper guidance, you will be able to achieve an ideal weight that will make you live a normal lifestyle. In the process of working out, here are some essential fitness tips you should apply:

Consult with a Doctor First

It is never right to engage into workouts at the onset of being diagnosed with diabetes I or II. There is always a possibility that the patient has other existing diseases that may not allow exercise to be carried out. Ask your doctor first and if you are required to workout, determine what exercise regimen is applicable to your condition.

Perform Stretching

Before doing the regular exercise, it is recommended to do a warm-up first which starts with stretching. Stretching should be done five minutes before the main workout session and this includes arms and legs movement.

Start with Low-Impact Exercise

Don’t engage in strenuous exercise at once. Instead, start low with simple walking, jogging, swimming and biking activities. A ten-minute walk around your neighborhood every day is a good start for a workout. By simple walking, you will see yourself sweating a lot which is a positive indication of exercise. If you think that you can increase the number of minutes in the next coming weeks, then go for increments of ten minutes.


Gradual Increase in Activity

After weeks or months of basic exercise, you can have the option to enroll in a gym or use DVD programs in your home. When working out in a gym, make sure that you are guided by a fitness instructor and try not to overdo the exercise. As for DVD courses, read the manual first and start with level one or beginner program and proceed with higher levels in the future.

Through these fitness tips, blood glucose can be managed correctly because the body has an easier response to insulin. As such, blood glucose is lowered down enabling the patient to reduce the amount of medication or even eliminate them. As a result, treatment becomes more effective. Of course it is also important to be mindful of your diet. As foods high in carbohydrates and sugar can make your situation worse, make sure that you know which foods are safe to eat and which are not.

The combination of proper nutrition plus ample amount of workouts makes an ideal physically fit body. Whether diabetes is really curable or not, a change in lifestyle is the only key to improving one’s health condition. Although you cannot make a drastic lifestyle change, taking things slow and practicing proper discipline in your diet and workout can make a big difference.

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