If you have any of these conditions:
· Diabetic neuropathy
· Peripheral neuropathy
· Post-chemotherapy neuropathy
· Autonomic neuropathy
You’ll want to keep this information handy when you’re starting an exercise program and adhere to these guidelines to make sure you don’t do more harm than good for your health:
Study This Checklist
Keep this “quick and dirty” checklist of things to think about when you’re ready to start exercising with you and refer to it often to make sure you’ve done what you need to do to have a successful exercise program:
– Talk to your doctor and get a medical clearance from him before you start any kind of exercise program – regardless of how “light” you think the exercise is.
– If you’re a diabetic, always test your blood glucose level before, during and after you exercise.
– General guidelines for exercising with caution:
· Always warm up and cool down
· Stretch and warm up your muscles before you start
· Know your target heart rate and stick to it – don’t exceed what you know it is safe for you to do
· Drink lots of water (regardless of the outside temperature)
· Get a good pair of exercise shoes and make sure they are properly fitted
· Keep a snack with you, protein and low glycemic carbs like maltodextrin
· Wear some kind of medical identification tag that tells people what your medical conditions are
Talk to your local NeuropathyDR™ doctor or physical therapist to find out how ready you really are for exercise and enlist their specialized knowledge in designing a safe exercise program before you start. You’ll get so much more out of it and you won’t hurt yourself and start the new year with a painful sports injury that could have been avoided with a little proper planning.