Let's keep movin'
You probably heard it from everyone: exercise is a must to control diabetes. It can also help with stress, anxiety, insomnia, and the list goes on, which are all factors that can affect our BG levels. It is recommended to work out 150 minutes a week, so at least 30 minutes for 5 days. I have to admit that even I don’t find enough time to exercise that much, but it doesn’t have to be a full body workout at the gym. You can take your dog for a walk, swim in your pool, take the stairs a couple of times at work.
The thing with exercise and diabetes is that it affects your blood sugar levels, yes, but sometimes (and mostly at the beginning of a fitness program) it can be hard to manage. You have to find the perfect balance between insulin and food, you have to understand which type of food affects a workout and which one you have to eat. That is why, as I mentioned in the previous post, it is important to have a food journal so you can keep track of that. For those who have an insulin pump like I do, you can manage your insulin by setting up a temporary basal rate before and after your workout, and my nutritionist also recommended that I set a temporary one to reduce my insulin at night if I workout during the evening since the effects of a workout can start hours after it.
As for me, I started doing kickboxing 3 months ago and it is the best thing that I registered to. I had a lot of gym memberships but it wasn’t half as fun as kickboxing. It’s basically a 30-minute interval training that combines cardio and bodybuilding. It really helped me reduce my stress and anxiety, while building some muscles. The thing about this workout is that it has a lot of muscular exercises since I am hitting the bags, and it is important to know that when doing so, and also when doing a workout of high intensity, the blood sugar levels tend to go higher because of the adrenaline, so it is important to adjust the insulin consequently. Another thing about this workout is that I have to be energized before the training and my nutritionist recommended to eat at least 15g of carbs before starting so my body has enough energy to keep moving.
I hope this helps!
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