EXERCISES FOR DIABETES
- Reduces weight
- Improves blood sugar control
- Reduces the dose of diabetic medications
- Improves the quality of life
What does exercise do for the heart?
- Improves blood circulation.
- Strengthens the heart
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases HDL (good cholesterol)
- Decreases LDL (bad cholesterol)
Tips for smart and safe exercise:
- 1. Consult your doctor before beginning exercise programme.
- 2. Always carry a diabetic identity card.
- 3. Stay alert for signs oflow blood sugar during or several hours after exercise.
- 4. Have rapidly absorbable carbohydrate sources ready like sugar, glucose and candy.
- 5. Monitor blood sugars before and after the exercise.
- 6. Take carbohydrate snacks if blood glucose levels are less than 100 mg/dl.
- 7. Drink plenty of fluids before and after and if necessary during exercise to avoid dehydration
Tips for increasing exercise in daily life:
- 1. Choose a longer route while walking.
- 2. Walk to the store instead of using a vehicle.
- 3. Use staircase instead of (lift) the elevator.
- 4. Park your car farther away.
- 5. If you are in a sedentary job, try to stretch out for few minutes every-hour and take a short walk within the office whenever possible.
When should you stop exercise?
- 1. Chest pain or discomfort
- 2. Dizziness
- 3. Severe headache
- 4. Fever or severe infections
- 5. Muscle, ligament or tendon strain
- 6. Pain
- 7. Cramps