Regular physical activity is a key part of managing diabetes, regardless of whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. When you exercise, your insulin works better because your cells are more receptive to insulin. Because of this, exercising consistently can lower your blood glucose and improve your A1C. Exercise can also help with many other health conditions as it:
Your blood glucose response to exercise will vary depending on:
To learn how different types of activity affect you, you should frequently check your blood glucose before, during and after an exercise session. Exercise can have an affect on your blood glucose levels up to 12 hours after exercise, so it is important to monitor at later times as well.
If you are on insulin and/or medications, you should always seek advice from your diabetes educator, but here are some helpful tips:
If you decide to start a new exercise program, you should consult your doctor and remember to watch for symptoms of hypoglycemia during and after exercising. Always know what your blood glucose is prior to exercise and if necessary, have a snack to raise your blood glucose level to your own individual “safe” zone.
1. Add physical activity to your daily routine, such as taking the stairs, parking further from the entrance, walking your dog, gardening. Pick something you enjoy.
2. Several times a week (try every 2nd day), do a faster paced activity such as brisk walking, swimming or cycling.
3. Include resistance exercises such as lifting weights (try using canned goods) or using resistance bands.
Aerobic exercise is a brisk exercise that promotes the circulation of oxygen through the blood and is associated with an increased rate of breathing.
Examples of moderate intensity aerobic exercises include:
Examples of vigorous intensity aerobic exercises include:
Resistance exercise involves brief repetitive exercises that use muscular strength to move a weight or work against a force.
Examples of resistance exercises include:
There are a variety of ways you can be physically active in your own home or community. See the list of resources below for some examples.
|Allan Reuter Centre||507 King St E||519.740.4681 x.4422|
|Cambridge Centre for the Arts||60 Dickson St||519.740.4681 x.4376|
|David Durward Centre||62 Dickson St||519.740.4681 x.4358|
|G. E. (Ted) Wake Lounge||31 Kribs St||519.740.4681 x.4467|
|John Dolson Centre||212 South St||519.740.4681|
|W. G. Johnson Centre||31 Kribs St||519.740.4681.4467|
|Centennial Park Arena||376 College Ave W||519.837.5623|
|Centennial Pool||289 College Ave W||519.837.5620|
|Evergreen Seniors Centre||683 Woolwich St||519.823.1291|
|Exhibition Park Arena||70 Division St||519.837.5624|
|Optimist Recreation Centre||7404 Wellington Rd W||519.823.5945|
|Victoria Road Recreation Centre||151 Victoria Rd N||519.837.5621|
|West End Community Centre||21 Imperial Rd S||519.837.5657|
|Breithaupt Centre||350 Margaret Ave||519.741.2502|
|Bridgeport Community Centre||20 Tyson Drive||519.578.8751|
|Centreville Chicopee Community Centre||141 Morgan Ave||519.741.2490|
|Chandler Mowat Community Centre||22 Chandler Drive||519.741.2733|
|Country Hills Community Centre||100 Rittenhouse Rd||519.741.2596|
|Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre||150 Pioneer Drive||519.741.2641|
|Downtown Community Centre||35B Weber St W||519.741.2501|
|Forest Heights Community Centre||1700 Queens Blvd||519.741.2621|
|Kingsdale Community Centre||72 Wilson Ave||519.741.2540|
|Mill Courtland Community Centre||216 Mill St||519.741.2491|
|Rockway Centre||1405 King St E||519.741.2507|
|Stanley Park Community Centre||505 Franklin St N||519.741.2504|
|Victoria Hills Community Centre||10 Chopin Drive||519.741.2717|
|Williamsburg Community Centre||1187 Fischer Hallman Rd||519.741.2240|
|Township of North Dumfries|
|Ayr Community Centre||7 Church St||519.632.7442|
|Township of Wellesley|
|Hawkesville Community Centre||3521 Broadway St||519.699.9369|
|Linwood Community Centre||5271 Linwood||519.699.9369|
|St. Clements Community Centre||1 Green St||519.699.9369|
|Wellesley Community Centre and Arena||1000 Maple Leaf St||519.699.9369|
|Township of Wilmot|
|Wilmot Recreation Complex||1291 Nafziger Rd||519.634.9225|
|Township of Woolwich|
|Woolwich Memorial Centre||24 Snyder Ave S||519.669.1647|
|RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex||2001 University Ave||519.884.5363|
|Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex||101 Father David Bauer Dr||519.886.1177|
|Arthur and Area Community Centre||158 Domville St||519.848.3820|
|Centre 2000 Community Centre & Arena||14 Boland Dr||519.833.2114 x.21|
|Elora Community Centre||29 David St W||519.843.2800|
|Harriston Kinsmen Pool||Harriston||519.338.2511 x.240|
|Hillsburgh Community Centre & Arena||95 Trafalgar Rd||519.855.4417|
|Mount Forest & District Sports Complex||850 Princess St||519.323.1801|
|Palmerston Public Pool||Palmerston||519.338.2511 x.240|
|P.M.D. Arena & Community Centre||Drayton||519.638.5511|
|The Centre Wellington Sportsplex||550 Belsyde Ave||519.843.2800|
|Victoria Park Seniors Centre||150 Albert St W||519.787.1814|