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Some illnesses are hard to deal with especially when the health of the patient is in a delicate state.
Such is true for people living with diabetes, who tend to trigger complications more often while trying to incorporate some practices like exercising into their daily routines.
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is the main source of energy and comes from the food one consumes.
Exercises, however, help diabetic patients regulate their blood sugar levels. This must be done under supervision by a trained medical worker or fitness professional to keep it all on the right track and offer fast help in case need arises.
Here is a guide on some of the exercises diabetic patients can do as explained by Mr. Kyeyune Albert, a professional gym and fitness instructor.
Walking is one of the most effective exercises for diabetic people. Walk twice a day; morning and evening for 30 minutes. Don’t walk vigorously as this may cause difficulties in your condition. You can choose to walk half way after work or in the morning.
Swimming is a cardio exercise that increases blood circulation in the body. This will reduce your blood sugar levels as it allows the body to function well.
Just like running, jogging is a cardio exercise that allows your body to sweat hence reducing on the calories in your body. It also increases blood circulation in the body. Jogging shouldn’t be done vigorously because it may ware you out. Jog twice a day in the morning and evening.
This is fun and very effective. Whether it is at the gym or your living room, dancing will heat up the body, making it sweat hence burning calories. This will help you burn calories hence shading off unnecessary weight.
Sit in your room or any cool and quite place and meditate. Mediation gives you a piece of mind hence relieving stress. You only need a mat and a quiet place.
Stretches are good exercises which keep your muscles firm and functioning hence allowing good blood circulation in the body. You can stretch from the comfort of your bed in the morning by straightening the hands and legs.
Sit ups involve sleeping on your back, then rising the upper part of your body to touch your feet in a repeated manner. Sit-ups reduce belly fat and also strengthen the ab muscles.
However, Kyeyune says that you should seek guidance from a medical doctor before engaging in any kind of exercise to avoid health complications.
In case of any pain or discomfort after carrying out an exercise, discontinue with immediate effect.
Advantages of exercising when you have diabetes
- Workout will regulate diabetes since it reduces the level of glucose in the body through sweating.
- Cardio exercises like running and swimming will help increase blood circulation in your body hence reducing cases of other problems like heart attacks.
- Exercises which regulate your weight hence reducing chances of high blood pressure.
- Exercising keeps the body fit and balanced.
You should avoid junk, too much sugar and wheat.
Stick to taking plenty of water, fruits and vegetables because just like exercises, these are natural remedies to most diseases and carry no effect to the body.
Eat local organic foods as opposed to manufactured ones.