Some things just go together: peanut butter and jelly, kites and wind, wine and cheese, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, but exercise and diabetes? It may seem to be an unlikely pair, but with the proper precautions, exercising with diabetes offers a host of benefits!
Regular physical activity can lower your blood sugar since it tends to improve your body’s ability to use insulin. You’ll also reduce body fat, enabling you to maintain a healthy weight. This, in turn, lowers your blood pressure, cholesterol, and risk of heart disease and stroke. The benefits of exercising with diabetes don’t stop there, either.
You’ll also have more energy, less stress, better balance, and stronger muscles and bones that are less likely to get injured. When you move, you get your blood pumping which means better circulation, boosting your body’s natural healing abilities and reducing symptoms of complications like neuropathy. You’ll sleep better, too, and have an overall enhanced quality of life. So, you see, exercise and diabetes do make a great pair, kind of like socks and shoes, which brings us to those precautions we mentioned.
Make sure you always wear appropriate footwear that fits well and offers plenty of cushion and support. Moisture wicking, non-constricting socks will protect your feet as well. Be sure to check your glucose levels before, during, and after activity as they can be altered by exercise. It’s a good idea to have a snack beforehand, or pack one to take with you. Start slow and gradually increase duration and intensity. If you’re not sure where to begin, we’ll be happy to help you determine an exercise regimen that best works for you and your lifestyle. Just give our Princeton, NJ office a call at (609) 924-8333, or call our Roselle Park office at (908) 687-5757 and schedule an appointment today!