Getting Physical

Getting Physical

IF YOU STRUGGLE to fit regular physical activity in to your life, first remind yourself why exercise is so vital to your health.

Regular physical activity increases the body’s insulin sensitivity. This means that the body will respond better to
insulin, which helps improve diabetes control.

In addition to increasing insulin sensitivity, physical activity has these other benefits for people with diabetes:

  • It can help you reach your weight goals and maintain a healthy weight.
  • It reduces the risk of several types of cancer.
  • It lowers the risk of heart disease.
  • It reduces depression.
  • It releases stress and can help improve sleep.

If you are having trouble committing to an exercise program, using some of these tips can help you make exercise a regular part of your life.

Make An Appointment With Yourself

Would you ever miss a meeting with a client or physician? Probably not.

Your daily activity is equally important, so schedule your workout by making an appointment with yourself on your calendar. Let your family and staff know that this time is carved in stone and shouldn’t be interrupted, except for an emergency. For example, if you enjoy bike riding, find an alternate activity to do on a rainy day.

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By Janis Roszler, MSFT, RD, LD/N, CDE, FAND

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