Get Moving!


No matter how old you are or what kind of shape you are in exercise can do a lot for you.

Exercise has many benefits including:

1. Lowers blood sugar

2. Burns extra body fat

3. Strengthens muscles and bones

4. Improves blood flow which makes heart disease and stroke less likely

5. Boosts energy and mood

6. Raises HDL (good )cholesterol

7. Promotes better sleep

8. Lowers blood pressure

9. Improves balance to help you avoid falls

Do something  fun. You are more likely to do something you enjoy.  Try something new like dancing classes, yoga , on demand or online classes, swimming , walking, hiking, kayaking or sports are a few ideas.

Put exercise on your to do list and get started with these tips:

1. Get your doctors OK first. Let your doctor know what you want to do . They can make sure you are ready.

2. Start Slow. If you are not active now, start with 10 minutes of exercise . Gradually work up to 30 minutes a day.

3.  Know the symptoms and treatment of low sugar.  Talk to your doctor if testing your blood sugar will be helpful.

4. Carry Carbohydrates . Always keep a small carbohydrate snack, like fruit or a fruit drink, or glucose tabs, on hand in case your blood sugar gets low.

5. Grab a friend.  Together it will be less of a chore. Let them know you have diabetes and be sure they know what to do if your blood sugar gets too low.

6. Be good to your feet. Wear athletic shoes that are in good shape and are the right type for your activity. Check your feet daily for open areas or changes in color. Let your doctor know if you notice any new foot problems.

7. Hydrate. Drink water before, during and after exercise.

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