For individuals with Type 2 diabetes, exercise is an important part of managing one’s overall health. However, a person should first get his or her doctor’s approval before beginning a routine of physical activity. The doctor can provide important advice, such as recommendations for the time of day to exercise or guidelines related to medications. A person might be asked to monitor blood sugar levels during longer exercise sessions, for instance, or to perform checks before or after exercising.
After getting a doctor’s approval, a person who is not used to exercise should start with short, low-intensity workouts and then slowly build up the workout duration and intensity once the body becomes accustomed to the activity. The person should pay attention to how he or she feels during the workout and have on hand a carbohydrate-containing snack, such fruit or whole-grain crackers.