Exercise is EVERYTHING

Exercising is very important, especially for Type 2 Diabetics. Exercise is another way for glucose to be used in the body, decreasing the need to add insulin to the body. It is important to get into a routine of exercising for at least 30 minutes a day. You can do one workout, spread several brief workouts out throughout the day, or even increasing general activity like climbing up stairs or walking to local shops, rather than driving.

TIPS & TRICKS

  1. Keep a pedometer
    • people that use pedometers are 27% more active than those that don’t
    • helps drop blood pressure
    • many have goals of walking 10,000 steps a day (5 miles)
  2. exercise with friends and hold each other accountable to sticking to your goals
  3. track your exercise (on an app or in a fitness log)
  4. reward yourself when you reach goals (make sure your rewards are healthy)
  5. join an exercise class
  6. ask your doctor for specific exercises and how frequently to do them, based on your specific health requirements
  7. test your blood sugar before and after exercising (to see if you need to eat more to avoid hypoglycemia)

 

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