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Walking OutdoorsThis May, two-four weekend is the unofficial start of cottage season, so grab your friends, find a cottage, and celebrate with a case of your favorite beverage. Then again, maybe not. If you have diabetes, spending a long weekend imbibing is definitely not a good idea! Instead, grab your friends, go out to a park, and celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday on May 19th with a fun walk together and a delicious picnic lunch!

Be sure to check with your doctor before you start any fitness program, to make sure you are ready for exercise. Once you get the go-ahead, walking is one of the best activities for those with diabetes. It’s easy, convenient, and doesn’t require an outlay for special equipment or a gym membership. It also has some great benefits for keeping your condition under control. Mild exercise can lower your glucose level and increase your body’s ability to use insulin. It can reduce your cholesterol level and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke as well. Finally, you’ll love the new muscles, stronger bones, and lower stress levels that can result from regular, moderate exercise.

Your feet need special care when you have diabetes, so remember to start slowly and work your way up to a brisk walking routine. You will want to check your footwear to make sure it supports your feet properly and doesn’t rub against them, which could put you at risk for blisters. Check your feet every day, and get help as soon as you notice any small cuts or sores, as these can quickly turn into a serious issue. It is also important to have regular checkups by someone who understands feet. Chiropodist Tony Abbott specializes in diabetic foot care and wants to help your feet stay healthy, so you can enjoy all of your summer activities. Give Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic in Collingwood, ON a call at (705) 444-9929 today, and put your feet in our expert hands.

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