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DIABETES

10 Secrets to Exercising and Staying Motivated

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If you have diabetes, daily physical activity can help manage your blood sugar levels and help you achieve weight loss. Being active also feels good and doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult. Be sure to consult with your health care professional before beginning an exercise program.

Check out our top 10 ways to add activity to your life:

  1. Start slowly

    15 minutes of physical activity daily is enough for a beginner. Gradually work up to more strenuous exercise for longer periods of time. Consult your health care professional for guidance.
  2. Take a class

    Try something new. Your budding interest in the new activity is likely to motivate you.
  3. Get an exercise buddy

    Set regular times with your friend that you both commit to. The social aspect will make your exercise routine more pleasant and provide added support.
  4. Remember: Everything counts

    Physical activity can take many forms. Vacuuming, gardening, golfing, walking, and pushing the lawn mower all count as exercise. Allow yourself to feel good about the physical activity you build into your normal day.
  5. Keep your blood sugar in check

    Discuss the best time to check your blood sugar (before or after exercise) with your health care professional, and keep track of your results. It will help you stay motivated to continue with your diabetes weight loss and fitness goals.
  6. Check out some new scenery

    Plan a new walking or jogging route.
  7. Keep an activity log

    Briefly jot down what you did and for how long. You can look back and feel proud of your efforts at exercise
  8. Stay safe

    Warm up and cool down for five minutes before and after you exercise.
  9. Make it part of your routine

    Put physical activity on your calendar, preferably at the same time of day. If exercise is scheduled into your routine, you'll be less likely to skip it.
  10. Get the right gear

    Wear comfortable, appropriate shoes and clothing for the activity.