Seasonal Exercise

What season of the year is it where you live? In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s summer. So you may want to exercise by swimming. If so, you need to take special care of your feet. Here are two articles for your reference:

Summer Foot Care

Diabetes and swimming

May is actually National Water Safety Month. And that’s an important consideration, especially if you are not an expert swimmer (or a swimmer at all!). However, swimming is a good exercise option for people with diabetes, and July is a good month for swimming (in the Northern Hemisphere). Recommendations are:

For maximum benefit from swimming, you should swim at least three times a week for at least 10 minutes each time. If you have peripheral foot neuropathy or any other foot issues, you should not keep your feet immersed in water more than 10 minutes at a time. If you have ulcers or open sores on your feet, do not swim or soak at all unless ordered by your podiatrist.

Your goals may involve reducing the time it takes to swim a certain number of laps, being able to swim for a certain time or distance at one time, swimming a certain distance over a period of time like a month, learning a new stroke, joining a group of swimmers with similar interests, etc.

If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s winter, and it’s still a good time to exercise, even when it’s cold weather. Here are two articles about exercise during the holidays:

Another reason to exercise every day during the holidays

Healthy for the Holidays Fitness Plan

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July 2022 [PDF]