5 Tips for Staying Active

Being active is an important part of managing diabetes. Exercise is also plays a role in our mental health as well.

Exercising at least 30 minutes a day is recommended for most adults. Losing weight and keeping it off is crucial when it comes to controlling diabetes and blood sugar.

Here are five tips to help you stay on track:

Start slow.

Although you may be eager to start your weight-loss program, it’s important to not get ahead of yourself. Going too hard, too soon can lead to injury. Start slow and build up gradually. Fitness is a marathon, not a sprint.

Make a schedule.

Be realistic when scheduling your workouts. If spending an hour in the gym isn’t something you can fit in, try breaking it up into two thirty minute workouts. If you work nights, plan to workout in the morning. Make it work for you.

Get creative.

Exercise doesn’t have to mean doing something you hate. There are hundreds of ways to move your body. Sports, hiking, gymnastics, obstacle courses and swimming are all great ways to stay active.

Listen to your body.

Pushing yourself is important, but if something really hurts or if you feel dizzy you should stop immediately. If you’re feeling sick, take a day or two off.

Monitor your progress.

You may feel silly, but taking pictures and measurements throughout your fitness journey can be inspiring and motivating. Even if you don’t share them with others! Try a free fitness app or using a tracker to monitor your workouts and progress.

Be sure to always consult your diabetes care team before beginning any new diet or fitness regimen.