It turns out that we may have some bad habits when it comes to exercise. With a few things to add and others to ditch, an exercise routine can greatly improve diabetes control and overall health.
Exercise Gone Wrong (eating bonanza)
Many people with diabetes scoff at exercise because it throws a wrench into their neatly dialed system. Without medication and food adjustments before, during and after exercise the amount of food consumed to repair blood sugars can unfortunately be gluttonous.
Exercise is actually an essential piece of diabetes management. Check in with a Certified Diabetes Educator and learn how to adjust your daily routine to fit exercise in safely, and without feeling like you negated your achievements by the low blood sugar picnic that followed.
Ditch these habits:
Slow and Steady
According to Jennifer Cohen on CNN, a slow and steady pace is good, but not good enough. She suggests to give it "100% for 30 minutes, instead of 75% for an hour." But certainly don't stop the hour of exercise if 30 minutes at 100% isn't appealing to you — everything counts!
Weight Room Avoidance
A quick calorie burner may be found on the stair machine, treadmill or bike but building lean muscle mass is important as well. Time spent on building muscle has a good payback system — even when you're siting at your desk for the rest of the day. Lifting weights will help regulate your blood sugar until your next visit to the gym.
Boost your motivation and ditch your boredom by exercising with a friend. If you have diabetes and are exercising outdoors, you'll feel safer and may find that it's easier to push yourself a little further (unless your friend is a lollygagger).
Having a plan to meet someone also ensures that you'll get out of bed when the alarm sounds off.