If you have diabetes, you know that exercise is an important part of managing your disease. Walking is a great option, so strap on some comfy shoes and check out the picturesque trails of Bethpage State Park in New York. It’s a cheap, easy, and beautiful way to get the exercise your body needs.

Taking a brisk walk every day keeps your heart rate up, lowers your blood glucose levels, makes your body more efficient at using insulin, reduces your risk of stroke and heart disease, raises your good cholesterol levels while lowering your bad, and helps strengthen your muscles and bones. Whew! That’s a whole lot of benefits you get from just taking a quick stroll.

Now some of you might be saying, “I don’t have time for daily walks,” but don’t worry—there are other ways you can get your walking exercise in that will help with your diabetes. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator; walk up an escalator (if it’s not too crowded); during TV commercials, get up and walk in place; or take short walks during your work breaks. All of this adds up and really can help you get the exercise you need.

Diabetes can have a lot of different complicationsthat need the care of a podiatrist. By calling (516) 804-9038 to schedule an appointmentwith Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. at our Massapequa office, you can be sure you’re getting the care your feet need. For more walking and exercise tips call today.

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