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Exercising With Diabetes

A few steps can help you have a safe and satisfying workout. Here are the keys you need.

The best exercise is one you’ll want to stick with and one that’s safe for you. Make sure to plan with your doctor—he or she can offer support, information, and any special precautions. And follow these safety guidelines.

1. ease into it.

If you can only walk on a treadmill for 30 seconds or walk part of a neighborhood block at first, that’s fine. Add a few minutes to your sessions each week.

2. tell someone.

Let others know where you’re going and when you’ll be returning. Even better, find an “exercise buddy.” The added advantage: If you know someone is waiting for you to go for a walk or work out at the gym, you have extra motivation to show up. And as you chat away during a session, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes!

3. bring along a few essentials.

Always wear a diabetes ID. And if you have a cell phone, carry it.

4. drink up.

That includes before, during, and after exercise. You can “wake up” your water with CRYSTAL LIGHT On The Go Drink Mix packets—in more than 10 flavors.

5. watch your levels.

If you’re low before exercise, eat a snack, such as whole-wheat crackers with peanut butter. Also, carry glucose tablets. Talk with your doctor about your specific needs.

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