Exercising with diabetes can be difficult, especially when you get older. Recently, the lockdown restrictions put into place because of COVID-19 have encouraged millions of people to stay inside their homes. While there are obvious health benefits to staying indoors, staying physically active indoors can be difficult especially if you are diabetic. For many diabetics who are active and athletic, staying inside has caused many to wonder what they should do to safely exercise. While the current health crisis will not last forever, the following suggestions can help diabetics in their efforts to safely exercise in their homes.
Stick to Your Routine
Many people’s routines have been upended due to the emergence and spread of COVID-19, and this includes regular exercise routines. In times of pandemic, it can become easy to not follow a routine for exercising and even easier to stop exercising altogether. It’s best to stick to a specific routine that you repeat daily, like exercising at the same time every day. If you already have a routine, stick to it. If you do not, there are many exercises that can be done in your home.
Monitor Your Blood Sugar
When figuring out your exercise routine, you should make sure that your blood sugar is high enough. One of the best times to exercise is at least an hour after eating when your blood sugar is higher. If you use insulin to regulate your blood sugar, you should test your levels both before and after. In addition, using glucose supplements can help with replenishing the sugar in your blood, and glucose supplements can even help your body absorb creatine for better muscle growth.
Eat Healthy Food
In conjunction with glucose supplements, the food you choose to eat before, after, and even during exercising is important to your body’s ability to regulate your blood sugar. Proper nutrition added to a consistent exercise routine can make a huge difference in how you feel after exercising and how your body will be able to regulate your levels. Before you exercise, prepare snacks like trail mix, granola bars, or anything high in protein and capable of raising your blood sugar levels that you can eat before, during, and even after you exercise.
Unexpected world events, like your blood sugar, can bring your high or leave you low. However, for diabetics, taking the proper steps toward exercising can make it a positive experience and help you feel healthy and strong in the comfort of your own home.
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