In life, almost nothing is “one size fits all.” People and their passions, their needs, and their physical bodies are all different. They need their clothes, their food, their medical care, and so much more adjusted to fit unique needs. So it’s no surprise that certain exercise routines and workouts need to be adjusted for individual diabetic complications.
Diabetes is a difficult disease. It can cause a number of complications, including peripheral neuropathy in your limbs, circulation and blood pressure problems, kidney failure, loss of vision, osteoporosis, and serious foot deformities. All of these diabetic complications can make it difficult to exercise safely without aggravating the damage.
Fortunately, knowing your needs can help you make the right adjustments so you can work out and gain those benefits without putting yourself at greater risk. Here are some activities to consider—or to avoid—with particular complications.
- Peripheral neuropathy – Avoid high-impact activities that could damage your vulnerable feet. Instead, stick to balance exercises and low-impact activities, like swimming, biking, and some weight lifting.
- Osteoporosis or arthritis – Don’t participate in high-impact activities. Instead, stick to moderate exercises like walking, water aerobics, and resistance training to increase muscle strength and alleviate joint strain.
- Peripheral vascular disease – Again, high-impact is bad for you. Stick to low-impact and aerobic activities, like moderate walking, swimming, biking, and chair exercises.
- Vision loss – Avoid anything that involves heavy lifting and straining, jarring hard impacts, or lowering your head below your waist. Walking, biking, and water aerobics are best.
- Kidney failure and high blood pressure – Skip any heavy lifting and strenuous exercise. Instead, stick to light to moderate activities like walking, household chores, water activities, and stretching.
- Foot deformities – Definitely avoid anything that will stress your feet. Instead, stick to mild activities or focus on exercising your arms. Water activities are an option if you don’t have an open ulcer.
Before you start any exercise routine, make sure you work with your health team to be sure you’re able to handle the workout. Our teams at Castle Pines Physical Therapy and Cherry Creek Physical Therapy will be able to tailor a routine to fit your needs and accommodate any diabetic complications. Don’t wait for a problem to arise to get help to stay active. Make an appointment online. You can also call our Cherry Creek and Castle Pines, CO, locations at (303) 805-5156.