If you take insulin or a medicine from the Secretagogue class of medicines you are at risk for low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). You are more likely to get low blood sugar when you first start doing a new exercise program or when you progress your exercise program.
- Check your blood sugar before and after doing exercise.
- Always carry a fast-acting carbohydrate with you (such as sugar tablets, juice or pop).
You must warm up your body before doing exercise and cool down your body after.
What Is A Warm Up?
Warm-up means starting to do your exercise slowly.
The purpose of your warm-up is to get your blood flowing to your muscles and prepare your body to do exercise. Warm-up also allows your heart rate and blood pressure to rise slowly. This is important so that your exercise intensity (how hard you are working) feels more comfortable.
Match your warm-up to your exercise.
- If you are going to walk for exercise, your warm-up is walking. Take the first 5 to 10 minutes of your walk at a slow and casual pace.
- If you are cycling, your warm-up is cycling. Take the first 5 to 10 minutes of cycling at a slow pace.
What Is A Cool Down?
It is also important to cool down. The cool-down is at the end of your exercise.
Finish your exercise with 5 to 10 minutes of similar, slow activity.
Your cool-down helps lower your heart rate and blood pressure to resting levels. The cool-down prevents you from feeling dizzy or light headed.