It’s National Diabetes Month! Diabetes is a part of life in some cases and having a plan of action for yourself is the best thing you can do! It isn’t a secret that physical activity has a huge positive impact on diabetes - but actually doing it can be a can of worms in and of itself.
Regular exercise can help put you back in control of your life.
If you’re not into regular exercise, putting together an exercise plan can be a bummer. But remember, along with your diet and medications, regular physical activity is an important part of managing diabetes or dealing with prediabetes. Because when you’re active, your cells become more sensitive to insulin so it works more effectively - and you just feel better and look better. So, however you want to do it, getting started is the most important part.
Get started. But get started safely.
It doesn’t matter where you are physically. If you’ve never set foot in a gym, that’s okay - as long as you start doing something now. If you haven’t been very active or are worried about your health, it’s important to consult your doctor and start slowly.
Light walking is a great place to start. Walk with a loved one or just by yourself while listening to an audio book. Set goals every day and meet them; you’ll start feeling like you’re back in control of your life.
Smash those barriers.
It’s easy to come up with reasons for not exercising. And the list might be longer than we care to admit. Sometimes all it takes is a good strategy.
Get back to basics.
If you’ve been trying to lose weight without seeing results, it may be a good time for a new approach. The key to weight loss for most people is simply finding the right combination of exercise, healthy foods and portion control. No fad diet required.
Those things we tell ourselves? They really do matter. The way we frame our weight loss journey can have a big impact on progress - good and bad. Learn some positive self-talk strategies that will keep you in the right frame of mind.
Even little changes make a big difference.
If you’re still struggling with getting started or feeling overwhelmed by the idea of starting a more active life, take heart. Every change, no matter how small, makes a difference in your ability to manage diabetes. Even losing 10-15 pounds can have a significant impact on your health. The power to change is firmly in your hands - so get moving today.
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