- Lower blood sugars for 24-48 hours.
- Lower insulin needs.
- Less stress related changes in blood sugars.
- Lower risk of heart disease.
- Improve mood, increase energy level, better quality sleep.
Goal of 30 minutes (or more) moderate activity on 5 (or more) days per week.
- Walking, swimming, and biking are all good choices.
Running is not necessary, but okay for more trained athletes.
- Start slow: If you haven’t been active at all, then 2-3 minutes/day might be a good start. Work up to 5 minutes. Wait and see how you feel the next day before increasing.
- Choose activities you enjoy.
- Find a walking partner or join a group.
- If you are too busy for 30 minutes all at once, try 10-15 minutes two or three times per day.
- These are non-aerobic activities that are also important for better balance, more flexibility and less stress.
- Carry something with you such as glucose tablets or a juice box in case your blood sugar drops.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Check feet before and after exercise.
- If taking insulin: have a medical ID with you!
- Monitor blood sugar to learn how your activities affect your blood sugar.