Physical activity/exercise is important for everyone but especially for people with diabetes. It can lower your glucose level and help your body use insulin better. Other benefits include:
Activities are things you do each day, such as walking to your car, making a meal, doing a hobby, or housework. Exercises are physically-exerting activities done to make your muscles, heart and lungs stronger.
Drink water before, during and after exercise.
There are four types of physical activity that can help keep you healthy:
To tell how hard you are exercising you can use the "talk test." This is your ability to have a fairly normal conversation while exercising.
If you can sing, you need to work a little harder. If you have trouble talking, you need to slow down.
Remember the following basic exercise guidelines:
If you are not used to regular exercise, start by walking around the block once or twice. The more exercise you do, the stronger you will get.
Beginning an exercise program can be a challenge, but after a few days or weeks you will begin to see and feel these positive changes:
You do not need to join a health club or buy expensive health equipment to exercise. Choose an exercise you enjoy so you will stick with it. If you feel adventurous, try something new. You may find a hidden talent or new passion.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Basic Skills for Living with Diabetes, sixth edition
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Examples of exercise are: