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Written by Navneet Kaur, M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics


Best Exercises for People with Diabetes

Living with diabetes requires a holistic approach to health, encompassing a balanced diet, medication management, and regular physical activity. Exercise plays a pivotal role in managing diabetes by helping control blood sugar levels, improving insulin sensitivity, and promoting overall well-being. 


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Engage in moderate-intensity aerobic exercises like walking, swimming, or cycling to improve cardiovascular health and enhance insulin sensitivity. 

1. Aerobic Exercise

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Incorporate resistance or strength training exercises to build lean muscle mass, as muscles play a crucial role in glucose metabolism. 

2.  Strength Training

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Establish a consistent exercise routine. Regular physical activity helps stabilize blood sugar levels over time. 

3.  Regularity is Key

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Before starting a new exercise regimen, consult with your healthcare team to ensure your plan aligns with your diabetes management and overall health goals. 

4. Consult Your Healthcare        Team

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Proper hydration is crucial for everyone, but particularly for those with diabetes during exercise. Water helps regulate blood sugar levels and prevent dehydration. 

5. Stay Hydrated

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Regularly check your blood sugar levels, especially before and after exercise, to understand how your body responds to different activities. 

6. Monitor Blood Sugar       Levels

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Always incorporate a warm-up and cool-down into your exercise routine to prevent injury and ensure a gradual transition for your body. 

7. Warm-Up and Cool-      Down

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Opt for activities you enjoy to make exercise a sustainable part of your routine. Whether it's dancing, hiking, or playing a sport, find something that brings you joy. 

8. Choose Enjoyable Activities

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Include activities that improve balance and flexibility, such as yoga or tai chi, to reduce the risk of falls and enhance overall mobility. 

9. Balance and Flexibility       Exercises

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Pay attention to how your body responds to exercise. If you experience discomfort, dizziness, or other unusual symptoms, modify your activity or seek advice from your healthcare provider. 

10. Listen To Your Body

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Incorporating the right exercises into your routine can significantly contribute to the effective management of diabetes. When approached thoughtfully, regular physical activity can become a powerful ally against diabetes. 


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