Work Out Safely with Your Diabetes

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Diabetic woman doing yogaHere’s some good news: Colorado is one of the healthiest states in the country. According to the 2015 Colorado Health Report Card, the vast majority of adults in the state are active on a regular basis. People are going out and investing in their physical health, which is a trend that needs to continue. When you have diabetes, though, this can be hard—but it’s not impossible. Working out with diabetes can play a large role in managing the condition, as long as it’s safe for you.

Exercise is an important part of managing your diabetes. It helps you control blood sugar levels, lose weight, and improve your circulation. All of these things are important when you’re living with a difficult disease like diabetes. At the same time, exercise does have to be managed carefully. Done incorrectly, you could injure yourself and actually cause complications.

Some exercises are better for people with diabetes than others. These activities are good for the body without putting too much stress on your feet. As long as you don’t let your blood sugar drop too low or overexert yourself, these should help you manage your condition:

  • Walking – The easiest exercise to do, walking briskly at least three days a week helps raise your heart rate.
  • Weight Training – Carefully lifting weights builds your muscle mass, which helps manage blood sugar levels.
  • Yoga – This type of exercise reduces stress while trimming down body fat and improving nerve function.
  • Swimming – This exercise raises your heart rate without straining your joints, which can be helpful.
  • Bicycling – Another activity to raise your heart rate, bicycling is also easy on your feet.

Before you start any new type of exercise, check with your health team to determine what special accommodations you need for your feet. Ease into the activity, too, and build up your intensity and endurance over time. Drink plenty of water and have snacks on hand for sudden drops in blood sugar. Wear appropriate footwear as well.

Staying fit when you have diabetes and using exercise to control your condition is possible when you’re intentional about it. You simply have to be careful so that you benefit from it, not contribute to painful problems. Our team at Podiatry Associates and Castle Pines Physical Therapy are more than happy to help you manage your diabetes and lower limb health. Contact us for more information through our website. You can also call (303) 805-5156 for an appointment.
Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC
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