We know that getting exercise every week can be rough. But we have a few great tips for that can help you develop a regular habit of exercise which will seriously improve your health!

Did you know that adding a small amount of regular exercise can improve blood sugars significantly?  Slow and steady wins the race!  Start with 10 minutes of gentle movement such as chair exercise or walking 3 days per week.  Increase the frequency by adding an additional day or the interval by adding an additional 5 minutes.  Eventually, aim for 30 minutes, 5 days per week.

Be sure to have proper, supportive, foot wear while exercising.  Keep your feet clean and dry.  Check your feet daily and contact your doctor if you notice any changes.

Find an activity that you enjoy and that is realistic.  You may not be a gym goer, and that is fine.  However, getting some movement in is non-negotiable!  Talk to your healthcare provider about some ideas. 

Ask your doctor if it is beneficial for you to check your blood sugar before and after exercise. Especially if you are taking diabetes medication that can cause hypoglycemia, you may benefit from checking your blood glucose levels before, during, and after activity.  Carry glucose tablets at all times in case you need to treat a blood sugar low.  Know that exercise can have blood sugar lowering effects for up to 24 hours! 
Stay hydrated!  Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise.

This week’s tip was provided by Allison Vernet, RD, LD, CCDE!

Allison earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in Nutritional Sciences. She also completed a Dietetic Internship at Saint Joseph College in Connecticut and is a Registered Dietititian (RD). She currently works as a dietitian and certified diabetes educator (CDE) in the Nutrition Program & Diabetes Care center at DMC Primary Care. She is passionate about promoting nutrition and health and enjoys helping people reach their health goals. Allison is currently seeing patients in the Derry 6 Tsienneto RD and Windham locations.