Have you ever said or thought to
yourself, “I don’t have time to exercise.” I’m here to talk with you about how to
make exercise part of your plan to help control your diabetes. When you have
diabetes, exercise can help keep blood sugar under control.
That’s because muscles use the sugar in the blood for energy, so when you
exercise, you’re putting sugar to good use. But some people say, “I have a family
and many other responsibilities, I don’t have time to go to the gym.” Good news: you don’t have to go to the gym. Short periods of activity, 10 to 15 minutes a few times a day, are all you need. You may be thinking, “but I never have enjoyed exercise, where do I start?” Start by asking yourself where you can
add more physical movement in your everyday life. For example, you can go for a walk or a bike ride, walk to a bus stop farther away, walk around the field two
or three times when your kids are at soccer practice. Try Zumba or salsa class or video, dance with your kids around the living room or try using light weights
and stretching. Exercise can be fun, pick something you enjoy doing, make it a
habit. Start today and do it every day. It can be more enjoyable when you do it
together, ask for support from friends and family.
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