The COVID-19 situation has brought about many challenges and caused many of us much stress. However, it has also made us pay more attention to our health.
Exercise plays a huge part in keeping our body healthy and strengthening our immune system. If you don’t have an exercise regime, start slow and build up your routine at a steady pace. Take heart in the knowledge that a few minutes of walking or even cycling a day can benefit you too.
Here’s how you can get started!
PLANNING AN EXERCISE ROUTINE
If you have any underlying health conditions such as heart problems or diabetes, begin by talking to your doctor or diabetes care therapist to find out what exercise would be suitable for your current condition.
Set realistic goals and pick an activity you are confident in doing – it may be as simple as a walk in the park! You can increase the frequency and intensity of your physical activity later when you feel comfortable. Here’s an example of a one-month exercise routine:
Week 1: Take a leisurely stroll three times a week for 20 minutes
Week 2: Increase the intensity by walking three times a week for 20 minutes
Week 3: Increase the duration by walking three times a week for 30 minutes
Week 4: Increase the intensity by brisk walking three times a week for 30 minutes
Consider the different types of exercises:
If you have trouble walking, you may consider lifting weights while sitting.
Aim to engage in physical activity at lest thrice a week for a total of 150 minutes.
PRECAUTIONS TO NOTE
As you embark on your new exercise routine, do take note of the following precautions:
If you have any underlying health conditions such as heart problems or diabetes, check in with your doctor or diabetes care therapist before including any vigorous exercises to your routine.
If you have diabetes, TOUCH Diabetes Support recommends that you check your blood glucose level before you exercise and take note of the following guidelines:
Now that you know how to get started on an exercise routine, get your family to join you for even more fun and motivation to keep fit!
TOUCH Diabetes Support aims to build a community of care and support for people living with diabetes. Since 1992, TDS has been delivering impact into the lives of people with diabetes by empowering them to achieve good control of their sugar levels through lifestyle changes and regular health checks.
For more information on TOUCH Diabetes Support, please click here.