Exercising with diabetes improves overall health and improves management of diabetes and blood glucose levels. Physical activity is as important as blood glucose level monitoring and managing a healthy diet. And with the help of a diabetes app such as The SugarCube Diabetes Mobile App, diabetics can monitor their physical activity as the app is fully integrated with Apple’s Health App.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to jumpstart physical activity into your routine is to get out there and start walking! The current recommendation for people exercising with diabetes is to walk for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. It is also recommended that your walks be brisk, fast enough to break into a light sweat. Doing a simple exercise routine such as walking can make a significant difference in your overall health. And by using a diabetes app such as the SugarCube Diabetes Mobile App, you can easily manage your blood glucose tracking and physical activity progress by measuring your fitness goals.
Daily exercise benefits include:
- Improved circulation
- Improved blood sugar control
- Weight loss and weight maintenance
- Improved cholesterol
- Relieves stress
Some important steps to complete before you step out are:
- Schedule your walks 30 to 60 minutes after a meal
- Check your blood sugar levels. It’s important it be above 100 milligrams/deciliter (mg/dl). If below 100 mg/dl, have a snack and wait until it’s above 100 mg/dl. If it’s 250 mg/dl or higher, wait until it’s back to a normal range.
- Don’t forget to take a water bottle
- Pack glucose tables or a snack in case your blood sugar drops while you are walking
Not sure you can walk 30 minutes a day? Try increments of walking 10 minutes at a time, 3 times a day to work up to 30 minutes of continuous walking.
Walking is a wonderful opportunity to get outdoors, explore neighborhoods, discover new trails and relieve stress. Plus, it’s free! All you need is a good pair of walking shoes and the SugarCube Diabetes Management App.
Learn more about the benefits and other tips to consider before physical exercise such as walking in Everyday Health.