Exercising When You Have Diabetes
If you are on insulin or are taking an oral medication that increases insulin, you must continue to check your blood sugar about every 15 minutes during the workout to make sure that your blood sugar doesn't dip below 100. If you're not taking one of these medications, it's okay to wait until after your workout to test again.
If it does drop below 100, stop exercising and eat an additional 15 grams of carbohydrates, again using one of your snacks on the meal plan. If you've used up all your snacks for the day, go ahead and have another one—safety first!
If you do not feel well while exercising, stop right away and test your blood sugar. Remember, the only way to know if your blood sugar is high or low is to test.
If your blood sugars continue to stay in the normal range, focus on moving to the next level of exercise. For those of you who don't experience extremes in blood sugar—hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia—while exercising, increasing the duration (how long you're exercising) or intensity (how hard you're exercising) will prove to be a terrific accomplishment.
The Best Life diabetes plan encourages you to strive to be more physically active while keeping your blood sugar level in your target range.
Check In with Your Doctor
It's always a good idea to speak with your doctor before changing your nutrition or exercise program if you have pre-diabetes or diabetes. As you increase your activity and/or reduce your intake of carbs and calories, your doctor might decide you need less insulin or oral medication.
Check out the videos and articles in at TheBestLife.com/diabetes for great workouts, tips and motivation.