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Diabetes Hub: Guide to Managing Diabetes

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Exercise Safely

How can I exercise safely?
Exercise safely and manage diabetes by starting slow if you have not been physically active

Start slow if you have not been physically active

Exercise safely and manage diabetes by wearing comfortable clothing and  appropriate footwear

Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear (well-fitted shoes with adequate support)

Check your feet for wounds before and after exercising to help manage diabetes

Check your feet for wounds before and after exercising

Exercise at a cooler time for safety precaution and diabetes management

Exercise at a cooler time (mornings or evenings, or in a cooler environment)

Bring healthy snacks or sugar-containing sweets in case of a hypoglycaemia episode during exercise

Bring along healthy snacks or sugar-containing sweets, in case of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar)

Exercise safely and manage diabetes by keeping yourself hydrated

Keep hydrated

Exercise with family and friends for safety precaution and diabetes management

Exercise with family and friends

When exercising, please rest or stop if you experience

Symptoms of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar of < 4 mmol/L)

To prevent hypoglycaemia rest or stop exercising if you feel hunger

Hunger

To prevent hypoglycaemia rest or stop exercising if you're having hand tremors

Hand tremors

To prevent hypoglycaemia rest or stop exercising if you're experiencing abnormally fast heartbeat

Abnormally fast heartbeat

To prevent hypoglycaemia rest or stop exercising if you're experiencing fatigue

Fatigue

To prevent hypoglycaemia rest or stop exercising if you're having mood changes

Mood changes (e.g. anxiety, irritability, nervousness)

To prevent hypoglycaemia rest or stop exercising if you're feeling dizzy and having headaches

Dizziness or headaches

Or any of these symptoms
To prevent hypoglycaemia rest or stop exercising if you're having difficulty in breathing

Difficulty breathing

To prevent hypoglycaemia rest or stop exercising if you're feeling pain in the chest or abdomen

Pain (especially in the chest or abdomen)

To note: Delay or postpone exercise if you are feeling unwell. Always listen to your body.