I can’t emphasize enough on the importance of exercise. I think we all know that regular exercise is good for you. It’s good for all, and especially for people with diabetes. At least, that’s what my doctor assured me. But I couldn’t help feeling a bit scared. As a person with diabetes, I really want to lead a normal life and do all the things other people do. But of course, not everything that people without diabetes do is good for people like me. So the idea of exercising raised a question mark. Is it safe? I consulted my doctor.

If you are planning on excising, that’s a good start. Your doctor can do a check up on you just to be sure there are no special problems to consider. Your doctor can also help you find the right exercise for you. For example, if you have high blood pressure or eye problems, some exercises like weight lifting may not be safe.

Make sure you watch your blood sugar during exercise. If you haven’t eaten for over an hour or if your blood sugar is too low, eat or drink something like some fruit or a glass of milk before you start exercising. Also carry a snack with you during exercising in case of low blood sugar. And don’t forget to wear a tag or identification card saying that you have diabetes. If something happens, people know what to do.

Try to incorporate exercise in your daily life style. Do it regularly for two or three times a week for about 30 minutes. And if you haven’t exercised for a while, start slowly with ten minutes and then slowly work up to more time.

What I’ve learned is not to be hesitant to exercise. I don’t have to run a marathon. Even working in my garden adds to my health. And I enjoy walking and cycling as well. Just remember the big advantages or exercises when you have diabetes:

1. Exercise helps keep weight down.

2. Exercise helps insulin work better to lower blood sugar.

3. Exercise is good for your heart and lungs.

4. Exercise gives you more energy.

If you’re not really keen on getting off the couch and exercising, try to find a buddy to go with you. A great way to spend time with your friends and working on your health at the same time!