Fitness

Nov|Dec 2017

November is American Diabetes Month!

Regular Activity is Key to Managing Diabetes

Regular activity is a key part of managing diabetes along with proper meal planning, taking medications as prescribed, and stress management.

When you are active, your cells become more sensitive to insulin so it can work more efficiently.  Your cells also remove glucose from the blood using a mechanism totally separate from insulin during exercise.

So, exercising consistently can lower blood glucose and improve your A1C.  When you lower your A1C, you may be able to take fewer diabetes pills or less insulin.

Physical activity is important for your overall well being and has the following health benefits:

Source:  http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/fitness/fitness-management/physical-activity-is-important.html?loc=barriers

2017 is the Year to Get Healthy!

There is still time to make 2017 the year that you changed your life by getting active!  It only takes 30 days to form a healthy habit.

Safety Tips for Injury-Free Exercise

Increasing your activity level is great for your diabetes and overall health.  Here are simple steps to ensure a safe experience:

Start slowly
Warm up and cool down for 5 minutes each
Choose indoor activities if it is too hot or cold
Stay hydrated ..before, during & after
Be ready to test and treat a low
Wear a diabetes I.D. bracelet/tag
Use the talk test to make sure you are ok
Wear shoes that fit and socks that wick away moisture
Inspect your feet for blisters or irritations. Talk to your doctor about foot injuries
Stop if you feel pain, shortness of breath or light-headedness & talk to your doctor

Source:  http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/fitness/get-started-safely/injury-free-exercise.html