While exercise is an important part of maintaining health for anyone, diabetics will find it especially beneficial. Besides helping to maintain a healthy weight and giving an increased level of energy, exercise can also be helpful in managing diabetes by keeping your blood sugar in check.
However, the active diabetic has to be especially careful to get enough nutrients to prevent hypoglycemia from setting in due to a drop in their blood sugar levels.
The size of the caloric intake in your diabetic meal plan largely depends on how much exercise you’ll be getting. The more active you are, the more calories and nutrients you need to prevent from becoming hypoglycemic.
If you are new to working out or at least to being physically active while managing your diabetes, you’ll want to monitor your blood sugar before, after and even during workouts until you have a good idea of how your body deals with your routine. Pay attention to your body if you start to feel the symptoms of low blood sugar such as light headedness, stop and rest rather than pushing yourself to keep going.
You should eat right before your workouts as well. Eat something which will keep you going through your routine a good choice is a handful of nuts and a granola bar; this is a high fiber carbohydrate and a good quality protein; this should keep your energy level up.
The food that you eat before working out should have a high-fiber content, this will slow down the breaking down process of the carbohydrates in your system and you will be sustained for a longer period of time.
Drink plenty of fluids (preferably water) when you are working out to stay hydrated. In case of an emergency, carry glucose tablets with you at all times or some hard candy that will quickly raise your blood sugar. At other times of the day, eat balanced meals to maintain your energy.