- Exercise is the cornerstone of diabetes management. It increases insulin sensitivity, improves cardiovascular health and promotes a sense of well-being.
- Exercise means any activity which gets you moving, it can mean dancing, swimming, walking or working
- Choose activities you love to do
30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic exercise at least 5 days a week or a total of 150 minutes per week is what ADA( American Diabetes Association) recommends .You can spread your activity out over at least 3 days during the week and avoid going more than 2 days in a row without exercising.
- Note: Moderate intensity means that you are working hard enough that you can talk, but not sing, during the activity. Vigorous intensity means you cannot say more than a few words without pausing for a breath during the activity.
- Walking is the simplest way even daily chores help
Walk up the stairs, walk to your workplace if it is at short distance, play actively with kids, walk to your colleagues cabin instead of phone call, walk on treadmill while watching your favourite TV serial.
- Important points during exercise: Avoid dehydration, check your foot wear, keep feet as dry as possible, watch for Hypoglycemia, check glucose levels before exercise (especially for insulin users)
- Talk to your diabetologist regarding your exercise planning