Worryingly, almost 3.7 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, and more people than ever are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
If nothing changes, more than 5 million of us will have diabetes in the UK by 2025. It’s time to make a difference to our lifestyles.
Did you know that physical activity can decrease your chance of Type 2 diabetes by up to 40%?
Getting and staying active can help you manage your diabetes and reduce glucose spikes after meals. Here are some of the exercises you can try coupled with Pulseroll solutions to help you manage your diabetes:
I Have Been Diagnosed With Diabetes. What Exercise Should I Be Doing?
Whether you are a busy parent, a university student, sat at a desk all day or ready for retirement, doing any form of exercise is hugely beneficial for your physical and mental health.
The good news is that you can still participate in activities and do the sport you enjoy if you have Type 1 diabetes. You’ll just have to take some steps to make sure you do it safely. Always check with your doctor before beginning any physical activity.
Exercise and sport affect your blood glucose levels. Depending on the type of exercise you do, it can cause your blood glucose levels to rise (hyperglycemia) or drop (hypoglycemia). For more advice on avoiding this, visit the NHS and Diabetes UK.
Start Slow And Make Exercise Fun
Don’t be afraid of trying new things to see what works best for you. You’re more likely to stick with it if you enjoy it, so get your family and friends involved!
If you haven’t exercised for a while, build yourself up gradually with a brisk walk around the park. Give your body time to adapt as your muscles strengthen.
It’s also important that you think about your routine prior to your workout and once it is complete.
The best way to remain injury-free is to take just 5 minutes with our Vibrating Foam Roller for self-myofascial release. The 4 vibration speed settings can help reduce muscular pain and next day soreness, so there’s no need to be worried about starting exercise. It can also improve your circulation to help relieve stress and anxiety - so breathe, relax, and massage.
Make Small Changes
Tired of getting stuck in traffic on the way to work? Try leaving your car at home and start cycling to work, or get off the bus a couple of stops earlier and walk the rest of the distance to give yourself an opportunity to exercise. So why not hit the stairs instead of the escalator, and take in some fresh air on your lunch break.
If you’re planning on becoming more active during your working day to manage your diabetes, bring the Peanut Massage Ball along to relieve any knots and tension you may have. Its handy size makes it a portable and lightweight accessory to keep in your desk, and the 3-hour rechargeable battery is fantastic for rapid training recovery on the go.