With diabetes, your activity in your daily life also matters. To be physically active together with eating healthy and taking medicine is a good combination of managing your diabetes. Being active may help manage your blood sugar and it is also good for your overall health.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends being active for at least 2 ½ hours ( 150 minutes) a week spread over 3 or more days a week.
Benefits of being active
- Lower your blood sugar
- Lower your blood pressure
- Lower your cholesterol
- Lower stress
- Improve your heart health
- Give you energy
- Improve your sleep
- Burn calories to help manage your weight
Choosing an activity
Just about anything that gets you moving is good. Choose activities you enjoy, so you don’t give up.
You may want to invite your family and friend to try something new. You can support and motivate each other to keep going.
- Ask your doctor if you should check your blood sugar before, during and after your activity
- Bring your “hypo” kit (glucose meter with strips, lancets, and fast-acting carb [fruit juice, candy]), in case your blood sugar gets low while being active
- Don’t exercise if you don’t feel well
- Protect your feet by wearing comfortable shoes and socks to avoid injury.