Diabetes and Exercise: What to Wear to Work Out

You’ve started working out to slim down and help manage your diabetes. Now, do you have the right gear? It may not seem all that important, but what you wear during your workout makes a difference. You don’t have to go out and buy the expensive, brand-name stuff. But what you put on should fit the type of workout you’ll be doing to assure comfort and help prevent injury and illness. Those with diabetes, should keep the following in mind before starting a workout program:

For example:

  • Make sure your clothes aren’t too tight or too lose. You want attire that won’t chafe your skin or slide down when you least expect it.
  • Wear the right shoes. Try cross-training, walking or running shoes for weight training and low-impact activities. You want a good running shoe for running to give your feet, ankles and legs proper support. If you choose a sport activity such as basketball, wear the athletic shoes specifically designed for that sport.
  • Wear comfortable, cotton socks. Avoid blistering by buying a pair that aren’t too thin or too thick.
  • Dress for the weather. If you’ll be working out in hot or cold weather, wear breathable clothes that will keep your body dry. Protect yourself in warm weather by wearing light-colored clothes, a hat, plenty of sunscreen and sunglasses. Wear a hat and gloves in cold weather. Layer up when it’s cool, but wear the breathable materials close to your body. Materials like polypropylene and silk help to keep sweat from your body. They will also help prevent chafing. After you exercise, check your feet for sores, cuts, blisters, irritation, redness or other injuries.
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