Being diligent with your diet is important in managing diabetes. But another vital component that can't be forgotten is physical activity. Healthy people move, sweat and get their hearts pumping on a regular basis. It's a proven fact that exercise can help control blood sugar levels, reduces stress, burns calories, aids in weight-loss and decreases risks of such conditions as osteoporosis, heart disease and stroke. All that and you’ll look better, too!
How active are you? (Click on one of the blue boxes below if you're Not Active, Somewhat Active or Very Active.)
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It’s time to get moving. Do some type of physical activity every day!
Try these activities:
You’re on the right track. Keep it up. Challenge yourself each week. Be sure to eat the proper foods to fuel your activity level, too.
Try these strategies:
Make sure that you check with your doctor before starting any new physical activity. These small steps can make a big difference in your health.
Great job on being active! Aim for being physically active 30 minutes per day. You may want to mix it up a bit, too. For example, you may want to start a walking program. Or, you may want to add swimming, weight lifting or yoga to your weekly program. Be sure to eat the proper foods to fuel your activity level.
Challenge yourself every week:
Be sure to track your progress. And, always talk with your doctor about your new fitness activities.