The American Heart Association recommends 40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity three or four times a week. This will help ensure lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol.
Individuals with Type 2 diabetes should aim for about 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week, according to the American Diabetes Association.
There are several benefits to daily exercise for an diabetic individual.
- General feeling of well being
- Reduces stress levels
- Helps maintain healthy weight
- Helps lower blood pressure
- Helps reduce risk of heart disease
Safety checks before starting Exercise
- Get clearance from your treating doctor about the exercise you want to take up. Start slowly and gradually increase.
- It is always advisable to check one?s blood sugar before and after exercise initially.
- Make sure to warm up and also cool down before and after exercise.
- It is very important to stay hydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise.
- It is always advisable to be prepared for any episodes of low blood sugar. Keep a chocolate bar or glucose packet in your pocket.
- Carry your Diabetic I Card with you.
- Carry your mobile phone with you.
- It is very important to wear appropriate shoes and socks. Feet to be protected at all times.