Exercise and Diabetes | Living Healthy Chicago

Exercise and Diabetes | Living Healthy Chicago


(title zooms) (upbeat music) Diabetes affects
a lot of people. Maybe it’s you. Maybe it’s someone you love. But that doesn’t mean
the workout is canceled. So in today’s
motivation to move, we are at FFC with Amy
Silver to talk about how exercise can help keep
your diabetes under control. So Amy, why is exercise
important for a diabetic? – Yeah, exercise
is really important for a diabetic
because it helps them to control their
blood sugar levels. And so when you’re exercising, your blood sugar
won’t be up and down. It’ll kind of stay stable
throughout the day. In diabetes, it’s really
hard for your body to control your blood sugar, so it’s important
that you do things like exercise and eating well to control your blood sugar. – I would imagine, then,
a good exercise program goes hand in hand
with a good diet plan. – Yes, it definitely does. When you’re having
a good diet plan, that means eating consistently throughout the day and eating
the right portions of food. – When you’re starting an
exercise routine as a diabetic, is it important
to work with, say, a trainer or a nutritionist
or even your doctor to make sure you’re getting
what’s right for you? – Yes, definitely. All three, actually. It’s really important
that they’re working with a personal trainer because then they’re making sure that they’re exercising safely
and at their own capacity. And then you also want to work with a registered
dietician to make sure that you’re eating enough and
eating at the right times. And then, of course, your
doctor just to make sure that your blood sugar
levels and your medications, if you’re on them, are stable. – You’ve got three important
exercise tips for diabetics. – Yes, let me show you. (upbeat music) My first tip is to make sure you’re getting
150 to 220 minutes of moderate to intense
exercise every week. And that’s just to make sure that you’re keeping your
cardiovascular health and you’re maintaining
or losing weight to get to a healthy weight. Moderate activity is where you
can feel your heart pounding, but you can still
hold a conversation. And then intense would be where you wouldn’t
really be able to talk. It can be anything from dancing
to playing with your kids. It can be walking on an incline
on a treadmill, or running, on a bike, or it could even
be jump rope or jumping jacks. – [Jane Voiceover] Amy
showed me how anyone can take jumping jacks to the
level that works for them. – A simple starting
point would just be moving from side to side. The second level would be
just a regular jumping jack where you’re going
all the way out. So then you can get even
crazier with it and do a star. – Ooh, that’s fun. – So that’s jumping up and down. – [Jane] And you’re
gonna do those in a row. You’re really gonna
get out of breath. – One, two, three. – Okay, Amy, what
is tip number two? – Yeah, so tip number
two is to make sure that you’re incorporating
strength training into your exercise routine. So this is to ensure that your
muscles are staying strong. With stronger muscles,
your metabolism is faster and your blood sugar
levels are controlled. You can just do
simple bicep curls. You can then add a press,
so pressing overhead. And it’s really simple. You can do this without
weights, too, to start off with, or you can use anything
that you have at home. – Then for the last tip you
have, it’s about after we eat. – Yeah, so it’s important to move a little
bit after each meal. So when you eat, your
blood sugar’s gonna rise, and that’s normal. But to help your body
to bring it back down, moving can really help. – Exercise is important
for diabetics, but it’s also important
to do it strategically. – Yes, definitely. So you want to make sure
that you’re incorporating that high intensity exercise
and the strength training, and that’s just
to make sure that, with your blood sugar levels being a little
bit more elevated, you’re putting in the
work to help your insulin, which is your hormone that helps lower your blood
sugar, to help that out. – Really great information. Thank you so much for sharing. – You’re welcome. – [Jane] Do you manage our
diabetes with exercise? If you do, we want to know how. Just tag us on Instagram
@livinghealthytv. (title zooms)

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