Get More Energy to Exercise

By Gina Shaw, 2013
Too tired to get moving? These practical exercise tips will give you the jump start you need to be more active, lose weight, manage your diabetes — and help you figure out what’s draining your energy in the first place.

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What’s Slowing You Down?
It’s a message you hear everywhere: Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to control your diabetes. It’s also a catch-22: Controlling diabetes can be so exhausting that some days just leaving the house feels like climbing a mountain.

Why is lack of energy such a big problem for people with diabetes (PWDs)? And what can you do about it?

One big cause is an imbalance in blood glucose. “If your blood sugar is out of control in either direction — too high or too low — you can feel tired and drained,” says Aaron Vinik, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Strelitz Diabetes Center at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. Many PWDs also must cope with other factors, such as high blood pressure and excess weight, that can make you feel as if there’s a giant hole in the tank of your energy reserves.

It doesn’t have to be this way. You can find the energy to exercise — you just need to know where to look.

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