A regular exercise routine is a powerful tool in your diabetes management plan. Exercise can lower blood sugar, and helpful for losing/maintaining a healthy weight. Going to the gym or health club isn’t a great fit for everyone, though. They can be intimidating for one (especially if you’re just getting started), and the closest gym might still be too difficult to get to often enough to make it worthwhile. Then there’s cost. Memberships can be expensive, and some places charge extra for certain fitness classes. If you’re trying to save money, exercising at home may be a better fit.
But what about access to equipment like weights and exercise machines? If you have space you can purchase your own exercise machine or a set of weights, but again this might not be an option if saving money is a concern. If you do have a little budget for fitness equipment, a set of resistance bands (with a door anchor), jump ropes and a stability ball are versatile, low-cost choices. In reality you don’t need any equipment to exercise (a routine made of bodyweight exercises can be effective and challenging), or you can incorporate some items you probably already have at home into your routine.
Hand weights => Canned goods
Cans of soup are a good option for arm raises or other upper body exercises that use light hand weights. If you need more challenge you can use a milk jug filled with water. The more water you add, the heavier the weight.
Gliding Disks => Paper plates
Gliding discs are circular plastic discs used to slide hands or feet (depending on the activity) along the floor when doing body weight exercises like mountain climbers or lunges. A set of paper plates or a dish towel will work just as well at home.
Squat machine => Wall
Yes, even a blank wall can be used as a piece of fitness equipment! To do a wall squat, stand with your back against the wall and slide down until your thighs are parallel with the floor, moving your feet out so your knees are bent at 90 degrees. Hold. As you get stronger, you’ll be able to hold the squat longer.
Stair machine => Stairs
Another piece of fitness equipment you probably already have in your home or office. Skip the elevator and take the stairs whenever possible.