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Nothing has changed. Recent studies show that the majority of Americans are still exercising less and gaining more weight. This could mean trouble for people with diabetes, and anyone who wants to stay healthy.
Research shows that exercise decreases insulin resistance, improves insulin uptake, lowers blood sugars and improves HbA1c levels. It can also lower stress levels and give a greater sense of well-being.
So why don't people with diabetes "just do it?"
Some of the top reasons our patients at the University of California in San Diego give us for sidestepping exercise are as follows.
So how do you change a pain into a worthwhile gain? The following are practical tips to help you do just that.
4. Exaggerate the action that you are doing. For example:
Also, try riding a bike with your child or grandchild, or play one of their outdoor games when you are chatting about how their days were. They will enjoy it, and you will feel like a kid again. When you are at work, instead of a business or friendly lunch, make it a walk to the beach or through a shopping center. Getting some extra fresh air and an increased pulse will help you think more creatively and perhaps show you a different side of your colleague or business guest.
In other words, build action into your regular day. Add breadth and width to your everyday routine. The Council on Exercise recommends a practical approach to becoming fit. It uses the acronym FIT, standing for these recommendations.
If you can begin by aiming for fitness and not perfection, you will slowly gravitate toward a more active lifestyle that actually becomes your daily routine. Although some of the ideas above will not rapidly decrease blood sugar in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, they will start you on the path to personal confidence in tackling increased action in everything you do. Soon you will be in the flow of a more healthy lifestyle that will contribute to better blood sugars.
Diabetes Health is the essential resource for people living with diabetes- both newly diagnosed and experienced as well as the professionals who care for them. We provide balanced expert news and information on living healthfully with diabetes. Each issue includes cutting-edge editorial coverage of new products, research, treatment options, and meaningful lifestyle issues.