Archive for October 31st, 2012
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that can cause serious health problems, but you can live a long, happy life with diabetes. Research has shown your risk of problems greatly decreases by getting your blood sugar in good control and keeping it there.
Getting regular exercise is one of the things you can do to manage your diabetes. The Learning Center of Diabetes Management and Supplies recommends starting an exercise routine and slowly working your way up to 150 minutes of exercise a week. This might seem much more doable if you consider doing a moderate exercise like walking 30 minutes at a time three days a week.
Almost anybody can safely take up walking, and light to moderate exercise is usually fine for healthy adults with no troublesome symptoms, but Harvard Medical urges you to a doctor if you have any questions about your health or plan to start more vigorous workouts, especially if you haven’t been active recently.
The Harvard Health beat offers tips to safe exercising that include:
- Take five to 10 minutes to warm up and cool down properly.
- Plan to start slowly and boost your activity level gradually unless you are already exercising frequently and vigorously.
- Be aware that training too hard or too often can cause overuse injuries like stress fractures, stiff or sore joints and muscles, and inflamed tendons and ligaments.
- Listen to your body. Hold off on exercise when you’re sick or feeling very fatigued.
Click HERE for a Harvard’s complete safe exercising list.