Diabetes is a manageable chronic disease. One way to manage it right is to take the right steps — literally.
There are a lot of things that can result in inactivity. Injuries, illness and a host of other factors can lead to a need for exercise that isn’t quite as demanding as running a 5k. But many overlook the major benefits of a simple walk.
First off, it’s important to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. So, check with them — especially if suffering from an ulcer, open sores or any type of injury — before you jump into even walking for exercise. But walking is an absolutely fantastic way to slowly get into shape, and move on to more strenuous activities over time in a safe and controlled way that allows your body to get used to the change in activity levels.
Diabetics need to check their glucose more often when they get more active. You’re going to want to check before and after your walks. The walks may change the way your blood sugar levels behave, and you want to avoid drops in blood glucose.
Your walks should be 30 minutes a day to start. Now, that can be a lot more than it seems at a moderate pace; so, it’s advisable to start extra slow. See what your body can handle at this stage and don’t push yourself too hard — be patient. Six 5 minute walks, three 10 minute walks and two 15 minute walks are all acceptable, as you ease your way into it. Remember, we’re not training for a marathon; we’re exercising for health.
Take the chances you find in your day-to-day life to walk instead of drive. There are all sorts of ways to add this simple exercise into your life.