A healthy diet is nothing without physical activity. It is possible to exercise in different ways and to find an appropriate individual plan. This section will give information about this and what are possible activities – the most suitable, the more risky – and how this relates to other aspects of your disease.
Why is exercise so important?
Diabetes and exercise go hand in hand, at least when it comes to managing your diabetes. Exercise can help you improve your blood sugar control, as well as boost your overall fitness and reduce your risk of heart disease and nerve damage.
Physical activity is also important for your overall well-being, and can help with many other health conditions.
Regular physical activity:
- lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
- lowers your risk for heart disease and stroke
- burns calories to help you lose or maintain weight
- increases your energy for daily activities
- helps you sleep better
- relieves stress
- strengthens your heart and improves your blood circulation
- strengthens your muscles and bones
- keeps your joints flexible
- improves your balance to prevent falls
- reduces symptoms of depression and improves quality of life
You’ll see these benefits even if you haven’t been very active before.
Diabetes and exercise pose unique challenges, too. Remember to track your blood sugar before, during and after exercise. Your records will reveal how your body responds to exercise — and help you prevent potentially dangerous blood sugar fluctuations.