Active living and diabetes

Stay active to feel better.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends physical activity to help control Type 2 diabetes. This does not mean you have to endure more workouts, but incorporating activities into your daily routine will help. As always, talk to your health care provider before you change any daily routine that may affect your diabetes. Michigan State University Extension recommends the following.

Focus on movement: Forget the term exercise and replace it with movement. Movement in 10 minute blocks, three times will equal 30 minutes. What are some ways to do this?

Stroll with a friend: time passes quickly as you talk.

Clean your home: to boost your calorie burn, dust, vacuum or scrub floors.

Walk your pet: pets love to go outdoors, even on miserable weather days.

Gardening: you will use muscles you are surprised you have with all the digging, watering and stretching.

Parking: if safe, park in the space furthest from the building. Those extra steps definitely add up!           

Track your steps: many phones have “FIT” apps on them or find a pedometer. You will feel more motivated as those steps add up.

TV time movement: during every commercial break get up and move. Stretch, dance or walk around the house. Do jumping jacks or march in place while watching the commercial. In one hour of TV you can accomplish 20 minutes of movement!

Everyone wants to be healthier. The CDC says, “Exercise and controlling your weight will help. If you have a goal to lose five percent of your body weight, this five percent will reduce health risks that are factors with diabetes such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and the action of insulin.” Also, according to the CDC source, you not only will have the above health benefits, but also the energy to do more activities.

With the onset of spring, try new activities. The fresh air, walking, visiting with friends, spring cleaning will give you a new positive attitude and help control your diabetes!

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