Exercise is part of any healthy lifestyle, especially for people with diabetes. Among the many benefits of physical activity is that it can lower your blood glucose and body weight, both of which may reduce how much insulin or diabetes pills you need to take.
That’s why the American Diabetes Association is a proud supporter of the recently launched National Physical Activity Plan, a set of more than 250 policy recommendations, programs and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the population. Its vision: That one day, all Americans will be physically active and will live, work and play in environments that facilitate regular physical activity.
The best part? It doesn’t matter whether you’re an accomplished marathoner or you haven’t laced up your sneakers in years. The goal is to get active and stay active, and it’s never too late to start.
Your chances of success increase when you find an activity that you enjoy and that fits your lifestyle—and cooler winter weather shouldn’t hold you back! Here are some ideas for getting started:
- Tell your doctor about your current level of exercise and your goals, and ask for his or her feedback and recommendations.
- Is your family a big fan of a particular professional sports team? Channel that enthusiasm into a Saturday touch football game or round of hoops.
- Approach your employer about obtaining discounted gym memberships for employees and establishing flex time for physical activity during the work day.
- Let your local recreation center know if extended hours would increase your and others’ chances of taking advantage of the facilities.
- Ask your child’s daycare provider about their plan for incorporating physical activity into the daily routine and curriculum.
- Start an email list of friends and family members you know you can count on to regularly join you for hikes, bike rides, ski trips and more.
When you’re ready to Make the Move, you can turn to the Association for more fitness management tips for people with diabetes. We even offer Diabetes 24/7, a free online tool to help you track your fitness program and share it with your health care team.
How will you plan to make physical activity part of your everyday life—and help inspire others to do the same?