Getting started is easier than you think. Simple and small movements can get you started on a regular exercise routine. You don't need to join a gym to start moving. Choose an activity you enjoy. Start slowly and set small goals. Work activity into your daily life. Talk to your healthcare provider before starting an activity program. You may need to have a checkup before you begin.
If you're not used to being active, start with gentle movements while you watch TV. Raise your arms and legs while seated. Then repeat for 5 to 10 minutes. With time, add some slow walking. Even taking a flight of stairs instead of the elevator can lift you to healthier heights. These types of brief activities are great ways to get started. They can help lower your blood sugar level, strengthen your heart and improve your energy.
Your goal, especially at first, is to keep your activity simple. Slowly work up to 30 minutes of activity a day. But you don't need to do it all at once. You can be active in 3, 10-minute sessions a day. You can also combine being active with the other things you need to do. For instance, stand up from your desk and walk around often when at work. Or, go for a walk around the mall before you shop.
Why make activity hard on yourself? Choose things that you like to do and that fit into your schedule. Here are some tips:
Safety tips include the following:
Mix fitness with fun. The more fun you have, the more likely you are to stick to your plan. You can have a better blood sugar level along with an active, fun day. Try these hints:
Questions about diabetes and exercise? Consult with our diabetes care experts at a Franciscan Health location near you.
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