The best exercises if you have high blood sugar levels

25 September, 2023 / words by IALH Editorial Team

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If you have diabetes you can still reap the benefits of exercise and by becoming more active you’re keeping your blood sugar levels under control in a natural way. This is not to be substituted for any medication you’re taking of course! But it is a supplementary thing you can do to feel better.

It might feel like there are tons of rules with high blood sugar levels and you don’t want to overdo it, so here are some ways to get started to get the balance right for your body…

Walking – start slow, go for walks and gradually increase your pace. Incorporate hilly routes so your body has a chance to try a little harder on the incline and relax on the decline.

Try yoga – it can be really beneficial for every part of your body and is low impact. Yoga is also a great way to destress.

Light weights – working your arms and legs and any other big muscle group is going to help you build strength over time. It’s also a good way to get your heart rate up in a paced way.

Swimming – another great low impact option that gets the heart rate up gradually. You can go at your own pace, set your own goals and being in the water doesn’t put any pressure on your joints.

Remember it’s a good idea to exercise after you’ve had a small meal if you suffer from high blood sugar. While you might be worried about putting on extra weight after a diabetes diagnosis, regular exercise – even just 30 minutes a day can help maintain a healthy weight, build muscle and in some people even reduce the need for injectable insulin.


IALH Editorial Team


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