Healthy Living

How Diabetic Patients Can Add Strength to Their Daily Routine

Try to plan out when you exercise, and also find what exactly helps you

Keep a schedule of cardio and strength training, so you know what exercise plan you are doing that day. “The most important things about your exercise program is that you stick to it,” says Raffle.

  • If you need guidance, ask for help. Work with a trainer or a buddy. Join a weight training class at your preferred gym.
  • Make sure you give yourself time to rest and recuperate. If you have a muscle or joint that feels painful, don’t work it. Try not to overdo your exercise and weightlifting programs.
  • If you use insulin, check your blood sugar before and after your weight training sessions. Keep a journal to track how strength training is affecting your body.
  • Eat a light snack with 15 grams of carbohydrates before your strength training session. If you plan on exercising for more than an hour, include an ounce of protein. Eating a bit of protein helps slow down your digestion and prevents low blood sugar.

As your body builds muscle, it will store glucose much more efficiently. Slowly building muscles will help regulate your blood sugar even when you are resting.