Tips on How to Start Exercising from Scratch.

  • Notify your doctor before starting any physical activity. Based on your medical history, the doctor may have specific guidelines for you to follow.
  • Do a web search with your ZIP code or city for health clubs, gyms, fitness centers.
  • Quiz co-workers for recommendations.
  • Know what to expect. Read information on the class you chose. Ask questions.
  • Start easy and slow. Consider low impact at first. You can always advance to a higher level.
  • Monitor blood pressure before and after class.
  • Check glucose levels before and after each exercise session.
  • Adjust diabetes medications to prevent a hypoglycemia episode. (Ask for help to calculate the numbers as needed.)
  • Always include a warmup before exercise and cool down after the session.
  • Stay hydrated. Bring water with you.
  • Bring a snack if needed. A diabetic energy bar. (15grams = one serving of carbohydrate.)
  • Feeling discomfort. Immediately stop exercising if any nausea, dizziness, headaches, and pain occurs.
  • Prevent low blood sugars. Carry hard candy.
  • Wear diabetes identification. Notify the person in charge of the class that you have diabetes.
  • Make sure family and friends are aware of your new exercise program (time and days).
  • Notify your doctor when you stop exercising.

Remember, there is nothing wrong with switching out the type or level of exercise if it is not working for you.

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Disclaimer: My food and nutrition articles are for informational purposes only. Always follow your healthcare provider’s guidance and orders.

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Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist with a culinary arts degree. Food and nutrition freelance writer "back to the basics!”