Stay on Track with Exercise!

Posted on May 8, 2013 by American Diabetes Association
Exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone, and it’s especially important for those with diabetes. Most people with diabetes find regular activity to be an essential part of their health care. It can help manage your blood glucose, preventing diabetic complications and even delaying the onset of type 2 if you have prediabetes.

But the thought of exercising daily can be daunting if it isn’t already part of your routine. What activity should you try, and how much? Will you need new clothes or equipment? And when are you ever going to find time for it in your busy schedule?

Rest assured, exercise doesn’t necessarily mean running a marathon or bench-pressing 300 pounds. The key is to start slow—soon, momentum will follow. Follow these tips to get moving and stay on track!

Choose activities that fit you and your lifestyle: Anything that increases your heart rate and causes you to break a light sweat can count as exercise, so get creative! Many people simply add extra walking to their day. The goal is to get active and stay active by doing things you enjoy, from gardening to playing tennis to walking with friends. The more engaged you are, the more likely you are to stick with it.

If you’re not sure where to start, you can talk to your health care team about which activities will be safe for you. Their advice will depend on the condition of your heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, feet and nervous system. Your provider may even recommend local classes or exercise groups that you could join.
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