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Best Exercises for Diabetics: Walking Well

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Lancaster has a big system of parks with options and activities for just about everyone. The Lancaster County Central Park is one of the bigger ones, with a variety of facilities and activities for community members to enjoy, including a trail system. Since walking is one of the best exercises for diabetics, this is great option for someone with the disease who is looking to stay active.

Staying active is actually an important part of managing diabetes. It helps improve your circulation, controls weight, and lowers blood sugar levels—all of which help combat complications of the disease. Walking is one of the best exercises for those with diabetes because it is safe for your lower limbs, but still works your heart and muscles.

Taking a walk is considered a low-impact exercise that won’t put extra strain on your feet or ankles. Your body is already able to handle walking, even if you aren’t in good shape. However, the activity still forces your heart to pump hard and increases the circulation to your lower limbs, which brings necessary vitamins, nutrients, and oxygen to your feet and ankles. It also strengthens your muscles and connective tissues so they’re better protected against injuries.

It’s an easy activity as well. You don’t need any special equipment or skills to get started. You simply need to wear appropriate shoes and walk carefully. Remember to start slow and work your way up to longer, more strenuous walks. Even an easy route three to four times a week will benefit your lower limbs.

If you have diabetes and you’re looking for a safe activity to help you get in shape and manage your blood sugar levels, walking is one of the best exercise options. Just make sure you’re extra careful with your daily foot checks to look for minor injuries after a walk. If you’d like more information about how to exercise safely, contact us at Martin Foot and Ankle in Lancaster, Lititz, Hanover, and York, PA. You can call (717) 757-3537 or submit an online request to reach us.

 

Dr. Michael B. Younes
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